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.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Art teachers' down time.

My father is turning 85 this month. It's always been tricky buying birthday presents for him. If he wants something, he buys it. So my siblings and I have had years of thinking creatively.

This year I have put together a book of cars. He has bought and sold cars on a regular basis. Purely for the joy of it. The shortest time I remember him owning a car was 10 days in about 1963. It was a Riley. I vaguely remember travelling from Christchurch to Takaka in it, with no windscreen wipers, in the pouring rain.

I recall a lot of the cars he has owned, but there are gaps. So I called on family to fill those gaps, then collected any photos we had. Google helped with the rest. The best being an old photo with my sister as a toddler and my mum and our Austin Nippy Sports.

I found an old book called "Cars". I removed the staples and inserted the eleven pages of Graeme's cars randomly through the book. His car count is 40!

I re stapled and added the awesome black
and white tape to the spine.


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