Thursday, 26 November 2015

Game Boards V5

8and 9 year olds.

The children designed game boards. Their subject was their inquiry topic. This translates into, they knew exactly what they were working on.

Therefore my role was to help them design an interesting game board. We talked about making a clear, easily understood layout. The children worked hard to keep their designs simple.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Nursery Rhymes K8

Chalk board art.

5 year olds.
The children have been studying life 100 years ago. We talked about the sorts of bedtime stories that would have been read. Deciding 'Hairy Maclary' was a story that hadn't been written, we focussed on nursery rhymes and Fairy Tales. 

We read several nursery rhymes, talking about the language and clothing that we saw in the illustrations.

We reread 'Little Miss Muffet' and the children drew the background using wax crayons. They added a spider, it's web and little Miss Muffet. 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Sewing Sampler R7

 6 year olds
The children have been studying life at the turn of last century.
For art, I am teaching them how to make a stitching sampler, similar to what children would have made at school in 1900.

We will complete this work next week, as it would be a shame to rush it. They have learnt to thread their needles, pull threads on their hessian to prepare the fabric and make a running stitch.

Several children have attempted back stitch and we will give cross stitch a try later.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Flower Gardens K7

The days art, collected and presented.

White on black

Ink and sticks
 5 year olds.

The day was very windy and the rain arrived later in the day.
On windy days, and Wellington has a lot of them, the children go a bit crazy. I don't know why.

Knowing this when I arrived at school, I was prepared for a crazy day. But I was presently surprised. The children were very focussed. They responded to motivation and all added to a lovely atmosphere in the art room.

We couldn't go outside to draw the flowers because the kids wouldn't have been able to control the paper.

I provided zoomed in photos of flowers for the kids to observe. They used their observations to make drawings on black paper with white crayons and white paper with black crayons.

I gave them a round window to draw their flower garden in with Indian Ink applied with kebab sticks.

They added colour using coloured pencils, often creating their own colours by layering the colours.

 The coloured sticky vinyl was fun addition to the day.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Spring Flowers. K6

5 and 6 year olds.

Today I took the same lessons as yesterday. 
More details flower-gardens-k5.
The age of the class is similar. I altered the day a little by suggesting a lighter coloured background so the plants could be seen more easily. Otherwise we filled the day with lovely Spring flowers.

Drawing the plants in the school's beautiful flower garden.

Checking out other kids drawings.

Drawing the plants in the round window.

Adding the light blue background.


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