Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Autumn leaves with Cecilia's GG

Carrie's lesson 5 yr olds

I had a wonderful day getting to know Cecilia's Guardian Group, with only 9 girls and 1 boy visiting for an hour.

We started the day doing observational drawings of Oak leaves and discussed the differences between evergreen and deciduous trees. Then we read 'Little Tree' by Loren Long, a lovely story about not letting go and growing!

Then it was time for the class to make their own tree using a combination of watercolour paints and relief printing with polystyrene blocks for the leaves. With so few children, we were able to do multi coloured prints and use a range of autumnal colours with great results.

We finished the day drawing stained glass window designs.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Birdhouses with Deanne's GG

Carrie's lesson 7-8 yr olds

We started with observational drawings of native birds that could be collaged into the composition later in the day. We were limited for time today as reading and maths were still included in the timetable.
Next was preparing a background of wax rubbings with blue/ yellow dye.
The third stage involved designing a bird house for their native bird, which was to sit in a tree. The designs ranged from basic box with various colours to houses with different levels and connecting slides!
The various elements were cut out, positioned and glued to the background.
The results looked great and everyone was pleased with their finished art.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Predator Robots M12

 Gretchen's lesson with 7 and 8 year olds

The day was a little crazy, with several interruptions, reducing our art time to half a day. Still, it was an enjoyable day.

The children discussed how they could keep their own back gardens, predator free. Today's aim was to invent a robot that could help them with this task.

I had several photos of robots up around the room, including some the children already recognised...R2D2 and C3PO. We talked about components that are recognisable on most robots.

Observational drawing warm up

The children used vivid markers and water colour paint to make their robots. They added information stickers to their page and named their robots.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Piwakawaka Lizzies GG

Gretchen's Lesson with 7 and 8 year olds.

We talked about predator free neighbourhoods. All the children recalled piwakawaka being present in their gardens. They knew who their predators were. They also shared ways to rid our neighbourhoods of them.

The children began today's lesson by making a collage garden background. I asked for pieces of paper that were no bigger than the palm of their hand. They were to rip the pictures as they overlap better than a cut edge. They used wallpaper paste to stick their pictures down.

They drew a piwakawaka using photos. I asked them to emphasis the lines rather than tones.

I had prepared squares of foil glued to fabric. They drew their piwakawaka into the foil using sticks. Only one piece of foil ripped. Whew, that was my worry.

 They brushed Indian ink over their foil, let it dry for about 5 minutes, then gently rubbed the majority off with a little piece of fabric. The aim was to leave ink in the impressions. Too much ink gets rubbed off if they rub it straight away.

They assembled their picture, adding a little branch to bring it all together.


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