Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Kite Making M10

Today the 7 year olds had some crucial instructions to listen to. Fold here, cut on the diagonal, reinforce the corner. etc. I gave the children old donated posters to make their kites out of. The paper was heavy and may withstand a few attempts at flight out in Wellington's wind.
I gave them demonstrations about how to make both of the simple kites. But no matter how many times I showed some children, they didn't grasp the details until they did it themselves, and only then did they understand what they'd missed.
Several 'old posters' ended up in the recycling, but all the children finished two kites.

 The little kite which we hung in the classroom.

 The bigger kite which the children have taken home and hopefully try flying.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Completed Armature V6

9 and 10 year olds.
The children have completed their third day, working on these little people. The plaster of Paris was successful. On many occasions we used a little plastic cup to pour it into, then cut it away when it was dry.
Here are the posts that describe what has gone into these great armatures.  Day one armature-figures-v6. Day two armatures-day-2-v6.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Greek columns. M14

Observational drawing of an early daffodil.

Making the cardboard relief.

Taking multiple crayon rubbings from the relief.

8 year olds.
The children are knowledgeable about things Greek. They used their understanding of Greek columns to make a stand suitable for holding a Greek vase.
They drew their column and vase first and then created it using card.
We found that pencil lines would also show up in the rubbings, so they included a bit of detail this way.
They used four colours on top of each other (lightest first) to make the crayon rubbings.
The children mounted their own work.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Animal skins K4

 5 and 6 year olds.

A collection of animal skins.

drawing the animal skins.

The children used tiny photos of animal skins to colour their own, using pencils on small squares of paper.

I collected them and displayed them together.

We had a lot of painted paper from yesterdays animal lesson. I couldn't bring myself to throw it away, so I asked todays children to use it to make their animals. They added grass to the background, and a few bars, so they won't escape.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Animals behind bars K6

Animal skins ready to be turned into animals.


 5 year olds.

The children have been to the zoo recently and are continuing with their study of animals.
I chose an animal skin focus.
A class of children who are the same age, completed a similar lesson animal-skins-k5.html

Today the children made the colours they needed to paint a giraffe, tiger or zebra skin, using primary colours plus black and white. We stuck to these three animals because their skin is very identifiable.

While it was drying, the children made the enclosure with wax crayons. We had a long discussion about what is between the sky and the land.

We talked about the parts they would need to make the animal. Body, neck, head, four legs, tail and ears. Each was cut out separately and assembled on the enclosure picture. The bars of the enclosure are wool stuck on with PVA.


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