Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Activities. M14

More of a girls choice.

By far the most popular option.

Quite popular, I think because the paper I gave them was adhesive.
Only a few takers for this idea.

They were creative with this idea.

This led to a bit of a glitter mess.

Popular amongst a group of boys.
 8 and 9 year olds.

It is the last week and we are in for a truck load of interruptions. Therefore normal art days aren't possible.
I set each table up with a different activity. They were all old ideas, refreshed.

As the day progressed, the children reinvented the activities by adding their own slant to them.

Tomorrow has even more interruptions scheduled. So I will do away with the glitter option and the card one as the class is younger and that one is challenging.

I will add a 2015 calendar printed on half the page and they can add their art to the top.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Those Kings Again. K2

New Entrants

I will write a little about the day in the morning. It was lovely.

I was out at a Christmas 'do' last night and was asked what I do as a job. The women I was talking to had a desire to make art of some sort, but they felt inadequate. I stemmed from being asked to draw something or paint something at school and subsequent art classes through their lives and feeling it was all too daunting.

This is something I think can be avoided if a lesson is scaffolded. Rather than asking the children to draw the three kings yesterday, they practiced making repeating patterns on scrap paper (ready to include their designs on the kings robes), then a discussion about the heights of the kings, followed by where their feet should be on the page. Armed with these focusses, the children enthusiastically launch into their art.

The same goes for the observational drawing I ask children to do at the beginning of every art day. A mostly monotoned object will be at their desk when they walk in, in the morning. We talk about a focus such as detail or varying line (whispering lines, shouting lines, snail lines). We also quickly go over the other things they have focussed on during past sessions such as tones, proportion, size of their drawing etc. With these thoughts and me drumming into them that they only draw what they see, they draw enthusiastically. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Three Wise Men R9

7 and 8 year olds.

I played my favourite Christmas story for the children. See my previous post for the link.
We focussed on the three kings. We had a discussion about what oriental kings would have looked like.

I followed the previous lesson I had taken with 5 year olds last week. the three wise men Instead of black crayon, They used black ink and kebab sticks. The colour is either colouring in pencil or concentrated dye applied with cotton buds. I left the choice up to them. Most of them chose the dye. They added the names of the kings.

The observational skills of the children have improved a lot. These are their 10 minute sketches of dried protea flowers.

The children hard at work on the second to last week of term.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The Story of Christmas.

I found this lovely rendition of the Story of Christmas, acted and narrated by children.

The story of Christmas

Thank you to www.stpauls.org.nz. It is excellent viewing.

Santa's Sleigh K3

New Entrants.

It was the first day in the art room for most of these little guys. There are quite a few of them, 23. That's a lot when routines are still being established and as new children arrive, the pecking order shifts.

As you can see from their reindeer pictures, the children's ability is quite varied. I tried to get them to cut around their reindeer and sleigh, as close as they could. It's a tall order for little hands. Some achieved a lot.

They began by drawing a large reindeer with black crayon, using a photograph to help with details.
They drew 9 reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh, using black pen and colouring with coloured pencils.

Some of the children tried writing out the names of the reindeer.


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