Thursday, 26 March 2015

Anzac "Facts' Posters V3

Fact 1. 1/3 of soldiers died of the Spanish flu.
Fact 2. The last surviving ANZAC was Alec Campbell.

Fact 1. 500,000 pigeons were message carriers in WW1
Fact 2. 40,000 km of trenches were dug in WW1

Fact 1. 1000s of soldiers suffered from horrors of trench warfare.
Fact 2. WW1 was the first time chemicals were used in warfare.

Fact 1. Horses are flight animals, but they were still taken to war.
Fact 2. 20,000 horses were taken to WW1 but only Bess returned.

Fact 1. Anzac biscuits were made for the troops because they lasted well.

Fact 1.  It is 100 years since NZ became involved in the First World War.
Fact 2. 
The 100th anniversary will be commemorated with an ANZAC Day long weekend in NZ and many other events around the world including air shows, art awards, marathons, exhibitions, parades and much more.

9 and 10 year olds.
The children were left to their own devices, in teams of 5 to create posters which illustrated two facts about WW1. I asked for a limited palette and that was about as far as my interfering went. It is hard to see the detail and messages that are being presented, but they will be well received in our hall on remembrance day.

Completed mural V3

Done and dusted. We are proud. This is one metre by one metre, quite substantial.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Tale of the ANZAC Tortoise. V3

The cliff is in place.

The little girl in her nurses uniform.

Gathering information.

Trying the soldiers out for size.

The beach, including rocks from the cliffs.

The children, looking at the landing at Gallipoli.

The ships almost ready for the horizon.

The sea, the pink sky, the sand and the cliff.
The soldiers.

A soldier.

9 and 10 year olds

Carrying on from our last art day, /the-tale-of-anzac-tortoise-v3.html, we made steady progress in our attempt to complete the mural. Fortunately, we have an extra day tomorrow to put it all together.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Emotions K4

Little puzzles 

Cartoon strips of emotions
5 year olds.
The children have had a day of making 'emotional' art.
They did a fabulous job of covering a page with two chosen colours torn from magazines. These made the backgrounds for their whole body drawing, which illustrated an emotion.

Their little puzzles are drawings of something ferocious.

Their cartoon strips portray four facial emotions.

Similar lessons can be seen here  emotions-r7.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Emotions R7

5 and 6 year olds

I have added a few extras to the art day
I took last week.        emotions-k8
I kept the lovely little puppets as they were such a hit with the children and parents alike.

The children covered a page with torn tissue paper. They did an excellent job. They looked very colourful and fun.

I asked the children to make several poses which relate to different emotions. They drew themselves in one of these poses, using black markers. They cut them out and placed them on the coloured page.

One little boys picture looked a bit ordinary and I asked him what emotion it was feeling. He said it was 'bored'. 

Friday, 20 March 2015


The children's choice.

The memorial in our playground.

Observations of the bell tower

How the children feel about WW1.

The making of the mural.

Poppy fields completed.

Soldiers faces on the roof tiles
The bell tower near completion
7 and 8 year olds

The children began their work about ANZAC last art day. /anzac-poppies.html

They made an observational drawing of our school memorial, the bell tower. It stands in our playground and is dedicated to the soldiers who fought in WW1 and 2. They voted for the best drawing. Annabel's drawing was chosen to be turned into a mural, using collage.

The children worked so well, completing their poppy field pages, which were started last art day.
They also made larger individual poppies in pairs.
I asked the children to write something they know about the first world war and to comment on how they felt about that.

All of these images are going to make up our contribution to a display in the community as part of our Gallipoli Centennial in April.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Emotions K8

Faces displaying different emotions after looking in mirrors.

 5 year olds.
The children are very new to school. For example it was Eli's second school day today. They were very positive about each challenge I gave them. I posted about these little puppets recently.
Today I made the card larger so little fingers could handle them more easily.

We also made scratch pictures my layering bright wax crayon, then covering with black wax crayon. This has a textured affect. This is more striking when the black layer is paint. Today there was no time to dry.


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