Thursday, 29 June 2017

Fish bowls K4

Gretchen's lesson with 5 year olds.

I scaffolded this lesson very slowly to ensure the children grasped each step. I have taken this collage lesson in the past with good results which is what is required for "Calendar Art".

I think adding the water was the most challenging part for the children. It needed to be sightly smaller than the bowl and not as tall.

I think the picture on the left is upside down. Sorry. It's part of the group photo.

Fern on colour blend background with Rachel L's GG

Carrie's lesson 7-8 yr olds

We had already done some work on the colour wheel, so for the backgrounds of the calendar art, the children chose two primary colours and attempted all the colour blends between the two.

I had brought in some ferns to draw, and gave them a longer timeframe to do an observational drawing of this, focussing on enlarging the image and including small details. This was then cut out and stuck to their background art. Those that had time, added a bug or butterfly to the image.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Props. R9

Gretchen's lesson with R9

It's fabulous what kids can up with when given the right motivation and support. Today we continued to make the props needed for the children's Kapa Haka performance next term. 

Today we finished the headbands (75 of them), four massive trees that will be walked across the stage, flowers, stars and the silvery moon.

Silvery moon

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Flower Quarters... Matai Hub

Gretchen's lesson with 6 year olds.

I took a similar lesson yesterday with a class of 5 year olds. Today I aimed for more accuracy, colour combinations and care in assembling their work.

 The children folded their page into quarters. This showed them where the centre was. The drew around a lid which was the basis for their favourite flower. 

They used black wax crayon first followed by oil pastel colour. By using the wax crayon, it doesn't tend to smudge so much.

The children cut along the two folds creating four pieces. They stuck one down on their large page and went around the room, trading their other three for new ones. 

 It was an enjoyable lesson, with total engagement from the children.  And to make it even better, they look fabulous on display.

The 40 minutes we had remaining, the children made circle birds.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Birds and flowers K2

Gretchen's lesson with New Entrants.


I talked to the children about mixing the colours they wanted. I gave them only primary colours and black and white. They had a palette each, to mix their paint on.

 Their ideas were enhanced by viewing existing birdhouses.

 Flowers in a vase

This is a group project, using magazines, scissors and glue. It was a relaxing task after the painting.


The children cut out a circle (around a lid) and folded it in half. That was the basis for the bird. From here, it was anything goes. The tail feathers were curled on the side of the scissors.

Shared Flowers

Another class joined us before lunch. Each child put a lid in the centre of their page and drew around it. We looked at the types of flowers that were in the vase made earlier. The children drew petals of their choice. They coloured them in oil pastel. I was surprised at how calmly they took the next step...fold and cut it into quarters. Trade three with others to make a new flower.


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