Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Portraits M12


8 year olds.

Our school has been asked to make about 30 portraits for an exhibition for Ronald MacDonald House.

I enjoy a focus and a deadline. I have less than 2 weeks to come up with the goods. They have asked for a variety of portraits from 5 year olds and up. Also a variety of mediums.

I began today with a year four class. I had taken portrait lessons in the past and was able to draw on the knowledge the children had already accumulated.

I followed the guidelines from a previous lesson. portraits-by-seven-year-olds.

They had blackboard chalk in a limited range of colours. The children who got into their work with their fingers, achieved excellent blended skin tones.

Calendar art is still needed for each class, so in the afternoon the children made the collage images above. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Wacky Races R9

I glued these 'invented vehicles' onto large pages and I was reminded of the cartoon we used to watch, "The Wacky Races". I did a quick search and showed the children a short YouTube of Penelope Pitstop and her friends. It would be a great way to introduce the lesson.

7 year olds.
The children made their "Calendar Art" as the previous class had. invented-vehicles-k5.

It was interesting to see how an older group of children approached this lesson. Several didn't take as much care when they applied the colour, but imaginations went crazy. Others knew more about vehicles and were swayed by that knowledge.

As you can probably tell, I love this lesson.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Invented Vehicles K5

5 and 6 year olds.

We began the day drawing feathers. It's a calm beginning.

While the feathers were being drawn, I photographed each child "driving a car".

They cut themselves out.

 They placed the photo on their page and began a drawing of their dream vehicle in marker pen.

They had the opportunity to look at everyones work, part way through. It is a great way for the children to gather more ideas.
They painted their vehicles with water colour paint. I demonstrated how to apply two layers of paint for a smoother, darker finish.

During the second part of the day, They made a larger version using a rubbing for a background.

They went outside with crayons and brown paper to created them.

They drew the vehicles with black crayon and applied a wash of water colour paint so the crayon would still be visible.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Futuristic Cities V6

9 and 10 year olds.

The theme of today's art was futuristic cities. I asked if they had heard of the 'old school' cartoon show called The Jetsons. Many had. I showed them a few pictures from the show and discussed the futuristic elements.
They filled a page with drawings of offices, shops, schools, transportation etc from the future.

I showed the children part of an Australian art show called "Colour in your life" featuring an artist called Nicholas Broughton. http://www.colourinyourlife.com.au  I focused on the way he draws foreground houses and then the houses behind with ease.

With this overlapping in mind, the children created their futuristic city using pen. The colour is pencil.

We had access to 4 iPads. The children created a record of what they were doing using the app Pic Collage. They had had experience with this app before. I will take their iPad presentation further, next time they come to me. I wasn't sure how much they knew or how well only 4 iPads would work.


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