Tuesday, June 13, 2017

End of Year Projects

HMS Art 
End of Year Projects


Both fourth and fifth grade classes experienced using the app Assembly to make graphic mandalas. We talked about tibetan monks and their use of sand to make mandalas. Students needed to make at least 2 lines of symmetry in their mandalas.

Fourth Grade Examples

Fourth graders then created mandala tiles. Some classes painted on pre-made tiles. Some classes constructed tiles using clay.

Comic Cover Pages

Fourth graders derived inspiration for their comic book cover project from 1930s to present comic book covers.


Fourth Grade Examples


Some fifth grade classes completed a weaving project in the art room using recycled plastic bags and ribbons. The results were terrific!

Collaborative Dragon

To connect to our dragon project at the beginning of the year, fifth graders will be working collaboratively on designing a dragon in the art room for the last two weeks of school. I started the outline of the dragon using the Japanese print below as inspiration, while students added scales, spikes, and feathers. Students were also encouraged to make revisions to the face or to add additional features to the dragon. We can't wait to see what it looks like when the entire fifth grade is finished with it!

Designed by Utagawa Kunisada I and his school   Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 19th century Culture: Japan Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper:
Utagawa Kunisada


  1. There are amazing things going on in the Art room! Way to go, Mrs. Mendez and students!

    1. Thank you, Ms. Roy! Although you truly set the standard.