Hoyne Elementary School

Year 3 - Grade 5


Student #1


We introduced 5th grade to Alexander Caulder’s artwork because it’s ability to capture the viewers attention and create an interactive experience.


Student #2

Students created 3-Dimensional railroad sculptures inspired by Alexander Caulder.IMG_0976

Vocabulary that students learned in order to create their sculptures:

  • Sculptural
  • 3-Dimensional
  • Shape
  • Organic
  • Geometric
  • Right angles
  • Acute Angles
  • Support
  • Structure

Student #3

In Mrs. Gansho’s class students read the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, a story of a boy who gets stranded on an island by himself and has to find a way to survive.IMG_08335th grade used Hatchet as a springboard to learning about inner strength, traits and characteristics needed to problem solve.IMG_2703Student’s journal summary about their readings.





Student #1

IMG_2698A student’s drawing of the survival characteristics/traits  needed help them find a solution when confronted with a problem.IMG_2688Students created vocabulary lists from their readings, “Hatchet”.


In a writing exercise, students were asked to take 7 key vocabulary words from a page in their books. They were asked to create a writing based of those words.



  • Bush
  • Plane
  • Beach
  • Sunglasses
  • Wet
  • Food
  • Sand


“I saw the bush plane coming toward the shore of the beach. The sun was glistening on my sunglasses. As I was running away my wet feet knocked over my food. The sand didn’t make it any better. I lost my orange flip flops.”

– student writing


Student #2


th-1Students were introduced to the work of artist Joe Sacco.thJoe Sacco is a cartoonist and journalist. He is known for his comic journalism. His work documents his travelings in the Middle East through journalism and cartoons. His books document life and politics in the Middle East. He has  created comic books about : Palestine, Israel, Bosnia, just to name a few.

Student #3

 Brainstorming Your Comic Book Concept/Ideas!

Students were asked to come up with an idea for a concept and plot for their comic books. They were asked to think of real life situations or obstacles.IMG_2699 Students were reminded to keep in mind of the place their story takes place and the kind of characters it has.IMG_2696Some student’s concept dealt with Obsessive Compulsion Disorder (O.C.D), while others were about bullying or figuring out different ways to get home after school to avoid gangs.

IMG_2681 Student’s plot had to contain a resolution.  Students began by creating a story board that had a beginning, middle and end.


Student #1

Pencilling & Inking

IMG_1496Above: Mr. Garcia teaches students about inking, line, and shadow.

Students also learned a variety of drawing techniques such as:

  • How to draw a figure using shapes
  • Shading
  • 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 Hatching
  • Cross-hatching IMG_1503Students begin to ink their comic books.20140311_140301

Student #2

How much to text do I need in order to communicate to the viewer what is going on in the story?IMG_2692IMG_2694Above, In the O.C.D. Comic book, the student/artist even found a resolution for the helping friend!IMG_2700Some students got the idea of composition and how to illustrate a visual story from different perspective points.

Students learned learned to draw their flash-page, the climax page and the resolution/ending page (beginning, middle & end) first!

Student #3

Our Comics!!

Fight The Knight And The Monster!IMG_2727!IMG_2726Trapped In Art!!IMG_2714In “Trapped in Art!!” the students figures out ways to show how tedious, stressful and how slow time goes by.


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