SchoolArts Magazine

October 2018

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A rt can open doors to the world for our students. My fifth-grade class recently took a virtual tour of St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow. This unique onion-domed structure is actually eight churches built around a central ninth. My students' immediate reac - tion to the colorful and unusual archi- tecture of St. Basil's was to relate the spiraled and patterned globes to the shape of hot-air balloons. The interior of St. Basil's also intrigued them with its narrow pas - sageways, hand-painted walls, intricate paintings, and spiraled steps leading from one small chapel to another. Nine separate chapels connect this architectural wonder, once a thriving Christian church and now a favorite museum and tourist attraction. The Challenge I challenged students to create a mixed-media composition based on St. Basil's Cathedral. I wanted them to use viewfinders to plan their com- positions. For most of them, this was their first experience with this tool. Students made their viewfinders by cutting two "L" shapes from 6 x 9" (15 x 23 cm) white construction paper. Students moved the viewfinders around on a large print of St. Basil's Cathedral to find an area they wanted to enlarge as a drawing. They divided the area within the finder into quar- ters so they could easily enlarge their compositions onto 18 x 18" (46 x 46 cm) or 16 x 22" (41 x 56 cm) pieces of black construction paper. E L E M E N T A R Y ASPECTS OF Barbara Hildebrandt ARCHITECTURE 42 OCTOBER 2018 SchoolArts

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