Matija Gubec International School

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2017-04-25 16:15:23

Dream Catchers: May all your good dreams come true!

During the Visual Art classes within the unit Various forms of fine arts, MYP2 students were guided by the statement of inquiry Various form of fine art originate from personal ideas, feelings, expressions and cultural values. The learning activities included the concepts of aesthetics and composition through the Personal and cultural expression global context.

Through the activities of observing, understanding and applying knowledge of different art techniques and materials in drawing, painting, modelling and building, MYP2 students learnt about traditions of Native Americans and experienced a wide range of artistic expression opportunities while learning about cultural and traditional values, beliefs, legends and customs.

As a result of this unit the students created their own artwork - dream catchers. Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the centre of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them.

The students enjoyed this unit and are proud of their great artwork which is exhibited in the school hall evidencing how art can pass on culture and stories. May all your good dreams come true!

Ivana Devernay Cimic