Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Geometric Prints and Rubbings K5

 Carrie's lesson 6-7yr olds
 'Art and Maths Collide'
I reached the end of a wonderful day with K5 and realised I hadn't taken one picture! So no action shots today sorry.

 After some observational drawing to start the day, I provided the children with precut card triangles, squares and rectangles to construct an image or pattern that could be used to make crayon rubbings. These were put aside to dry and used later in the day.

After break I demonstrated the printmaking process using polystyrene blocks and encouraged the children to design a pattern or image made from geometric shapes. Some had clear ideas of what image they would like, but needed help translating this into simple shapes. (Christmas tree was one we talked about)

After lunch the children used their cardboard cutouts to create 3 or 4 different coloured rubbings of their design. They 'bubble' cut around their rubbings, arranged and glued them to the background paper. They worked well to help each other and listened carefully to instructions. Ka Pai K5!

Symmetry Beetles R7

Gretchen's lesson
"Maths and Art Collide"
6-7 year olds

After making observational drawings of beetles, the children drew half the beetle on half the page with black crayon. The folded the page over and pressed the page with the back of a spoon. This created the opposite side of the beetle.

The children darkened the lines and painted their beetle with fine brushes and water colour paint.

 The children cut a shape out of a yellow page, flipped the cutout and glued it to a background. That sounds wasn't. We had, rotation, sliding, lost pieces and way too much glue. Baby steps next time.

 Finally today the children worked in groups to create a geometric image.
They chose a shape, circles were popular, then filled the page with the shape and joined each shape to its neighbours. The shapes were painted either hot or cold colours and the negative spaces, the opposite.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Island Bay 3D Boats M12

Carrie's lesson 7-8yr olds

We have a fundraising event 'The Running of the Balls' at our annual school fair, where a thousand balls are released down a pre-determined path and the first three to reach the bottom win prizes. This year we've been asked to create some obstacles with an island bay theme.
M12 were shown the painting by Rita Angus of boats in Island Bay, and were given examples of how boats could be constructed. Then they were given the task of designing and making their own boat, which needed to be big enough to fit a brick inside to weigh it down (It's not unusual to get strong winds in Wellington)
Thanks to my parent help Eddie, we were able to use the glue gun and stanley knives for construction and I was quietly relieved to see how well the children coped with the task ahead of them.

 As you can see, the designs were varied and well thought out. Most were working in pairs but a few were keen to work alone.

The children were given few boundaries with the colour, other than keep it simple and use bold colours. They used acrylic paints to get good coverage.

3D Names M13

 Gretchen's lesson.
'Art and Maths collide'.

I introduced the language the children needed today; parallel, vertical, horizontal, perspective, vanishing point, three dimensional.
I found an easy to watch You Tube on how to make the letters of names look 3D.
It has catchy music rather than a grating voice. I played it a couple of times, although most children needed to view it only once. The children worked freehand on their letters. This allowed them to be less fussy about their work.
I gave them rulers to join the corners to the vanishing point.

Our warm-up observational drawings.

We had an interrupted day. Some of the children were out of the art room for an hour and a half. They had just enough time to complete their 3D name but the others had time to make what we called intestines. 


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