Friday, 24 October 2014

Complementry Colours R9

Love the smiles.

Great background

7 year olds.
It was School Athletics day on Wednesday. The children could relate to this as a subject for our art lesson.

I had one of the little wooden mannequins which the children used to draw their runners. I asked for two runners in competition with one another. They made a practice drawing, treating the limbs as two sausages etc. On their final drawing they used the practice as a guide.
After drawing their picture using black crayons, the held it up to the window and copied it onto a second page.
They coloured one picture with primary and secondary colours only. The second picture is coloured with the complimentary colours of the first. Skin colour was an exception.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

More Stitching V1


The atmosphere in the art room on a day when the children are stitching is lovely.  Calm, respectful, challenging, rewarding. All good stuff.
What you hear in the background of the video is a story tape.
Check the previous stitching lessons for details on what goes into a great day.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Painting K8


5 year olds
The class wants to have a day out towards the end of the term. They need to raise money. They asked if I could help them make "proper" paintings on canvas, that they could auction off to their parents.

I prepared canvas's by painting them yellow. Time didn't allow the children to do this and let it dry.

We brainstormed the fun things they do with their families. We came up with an extensive list. They chose one and did an initial drawing on paper. They used charcoal on the canvas to sketch out their image, trying to keep their drawings large.

I gave the children primary colours and black and white. They mixed their colours on a little palette. They also had access to "people paint" if they wanted them. They painted the pictures before lunch. After lunch they were quite dry. They added black to highlight areas, using tiny brushes and runny black paint.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Ukelele K7

5 year olds.

I gave the children old ukeleles to make an observational drawing of. They repeated the drawing using black wax crayon on a large piece of brown paper. They also made the drawing using black pen and they painted it with water colour paint.

The big task today was to make a cardboard ukelele. They added colour using magazine pages and PVA. The strings (wool) were slotted into little cuts in the card. I added a few staples for the children, to secure them.

One little girl was surprised to see the similarity between the three drawings she had made. A clever observation I thought.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Cardboard Relief Houses M10

7 year olds

The children made cardboard reliefs. The subject was homes. They brainstormed an extensive list of possible homes from fishbowls to castles.

They built up their reliefs using a collection of card, paper and corrigated card, all stuck down with their choice of PVA or glue sticks.

They made rubbings using the sides of wax crayons, layered with the lightest colours applied first.

They enhanced their rubbings by drawing directly onto them.

The experimental part of the day was wrapping the relief with foil. then applying gesso. Once it was dry, they used little damp sponges to rub black paint onto them. Then to contunue rubbing so the foil was exposed on the highest points. The results are a bit too subtle to be effective.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

CD Packaging Designs V6

9 and 10 year olds

I was given a packet of round blank CD labels. I also had a stack of old CDs. Hence the design lesson.

We looked at a collection of CDs and their packets. I asked the children to identify focal points, stand out colour, lettering and overall impact.

Their task was to design a label and packet cover for a ficticious artist. It always surprizes me how easily they take on tasks. I don't recall any child who was lost for ideas. Some of the children have linked the packet and CD closely through design. I offered the children a choice of materials. Coloured pencils, markers, water coloured paint, coloured adhesive, magazines and glue.

We followed a five step design process. 1. Read the brief, 2. reasearch 3. explore ideas 4. refine 5. Deliver the product.


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