Friday, 4 September 2015

Animal Hats M12

7 and 8 year olds.
The children are putting on a "Celebration of Learning" for their parents and need animal hats to wear.  They have to sustain jumping and allow singing. With that brief in mind, the children went on to plan then make headgear to wear. 
This was not straight forward as every child had been researching a different animal. The few empty heads in the photo below are because their hats are still in production. 

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

More Shape Alligators K8

Observational drawing of a gum leaf was the warm up.

Filling a page with shapes.

5 and 6 year olds.

I followed the same lesson as yesterday. Although, instead of colouring the shape alligator with pastel, we used watercolour paint. I encouraged mixing to create new colours.

The children spent the afternoon making their own collage colour wheel. 
See K7's art day  for details.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Shape Alligators K7

5 year olds
There were two parts to todays art day.
Firstly, after observational drawing, the children covered a page with geometric shapes. I provided little plastic shapes for them to draw around. They were able to give the shapes names.

I gave them a piece of paper, on which they drew around a large rectangle. Then they drew all the shapes they needed to turn their rectangle into an alligator. Some of the examples are highly skilled. They added colour with oil pastels.

The children made collage colour wheels during the second part of the day.

They were shown my colour wheel and we had a discussion about the importance of the correct order. I drew the circle and divided it into six. I asked them to collage one of the colours into a segment.

From there, they were on their own. They had to work out where the other colours went. There were a few errors, but on the whole they did a great job.

They named their work by cutting out letters that spelt their names.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Zentangle Fish M13

8 year olds.

It's 'calendar art' time again. This is a fundraiser where the children make art that is offered to their parents to have turned into calendars, notebooks and cards.

The art is to be landscape only. It is surprising how many of our art experiences are not landscape.

Todays art could be a contender.

I used an idea I saw online. pinterest Thank you to the originator of this idea. The link went nowhere so I worked from the image I found.

The children made their name in letters that were solid. The practiced a few styles. They made an outline of a fish and put their name inside the fish. The detail is their take on zentangles. In almost every case the children chose to put zentangles in the letters rather than around.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Art Auction

My donation
My other one.

Previewing in the afternoon

A team of us have just finished holding a successful art auction to raise money for art and culture pursuits at our school.

Two days of hanging, labelling etc. Crazy stuff.

Check out some of the art we sold.


We began planning after Easter. We were a team of 6 until the last two weeks when we were an army of many. We ran a live auction of adults art in the evening alongside a silent auction that was online through "Trade Me". 
I endeavoured to have a piece of art from every child (450 ish) on display for the night. 

We loaded a facebook page to promote the auction.

We don't have final numbers yet, but two years ago we raised $17,000. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Shadow Puppets K6

5 and 6 year olds.

The children are inquiring into dark and light, back in their classroom. 
We made a little cardboard dinosaur, with a joint so that it can move when the sticks are moved. 
If you look closely, you'll see that the dino puppet can be removed from the page, to use as a shadow puppet. 

Preparing the paper background.
 The children made rubbings all over a page, using several different wax crayons. They covered this with dye.
Cutting the dinosaur puppet out of card.

Tracing around the dino to make the shadow.

Placing the shadow on the background.

Colouring the dino.


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