Thursday, 25 August 2016

Calendar Art R8

Gretchen's Lesson
6 and 7 year olds

The children have worked quite steadily all day to complete two pieces of work, which will both be offered to their parents as calendar art.





They made vases of flowers, explained in an earlier post.vases-k7.

I refined the lesson a previous class had tried. After the children made an observational drawing of a dragonfly or a honey bee, they drew a garden containing flowers, insects etc. They outlined the drawings with black crayon, leaving a white border. Then the background was coloured. I put the children's paper on a wad of newspaper which allowed the wax crayon to adhere to the page very well.

The children had a choice of covering the whole page with watery water colour paint, or just specific areas.






Playing Topple Tree after the hard work.


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Hundertwasser inspired calendar art M11


Carrie's lesson

The goal for today was to produce artwork suitable for calendars, notecards etc (The annual school fundraiser)
We looked at the art and architecture of Hundertwasser and the children used this as inspiration for a watercolour background which was printed over with a repeat design. Most of the class grasped the concept of repeat printmaking and ensured their designs would connect in some way.
At the end of the day, they had the opportunity to reflect on their work, what they had enjoyed and what they would do differently next time. I think they were all pretty happy with the results.




Carefully lining up print



Painting the background in watercolour




We started the day with observational drawing



Vases K5

Gretchen's lesson

5 and 6 year olds.

I took this lesson with a younger class last week. The maturity of these children has resulted in finer detail and balance in the final piece.

Here is the lesson in more detail. vases-k7.






I used this class as guinea pigs this afternoon. I had seen excellent results from leaving a space around subjects in a wax crayon drawing. Then coating the whole image with dye. I introduced the idea to the children. They used a garden as their subject. They did a good job. In the future I think I will emphasise more wax crayon coverage. 





Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Hundertwasser painted landscape M12



Carrie's lesson
Just a short session today as I had to take the class swimming after morning tea. 
We looked at the work of Hundertwasser and talked about his way of working with bright colour and repetitive shapes. The class were very interested in his architechture and noticed the organic shapes and inclusion of green spaces. 
They went on to draw their own Hundertwasser inspired landscape, which they painted in watercolour. Some of the class had time to add extra details in pencil or pen when their paint was dry.








Thursday, 18 August 2016

Vases K7

Gretchen's lesson
5 year olds
Calendar art.

The children began by covering a small piece of paper with oil pastel. It had to be a very complete cover in order for the sgraffito to work. They painted black acrylic paint over the top. I added a little washing detergent to the paint so it wouldn't flake off.



While we were waiting for the paint to dry, the children trolled through magazines and cut out pictures of flowers.




The vases were sgraffitoed using kebab sticks, in patterns. The children glued the vase onto patterned paper and added the flowers. If there wasn't a stalk, they added one using ink.






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