Thursday, 17 April 2014

Clay totem V4

9 and 10 year olds (year 5/6)

It's the last day of a long term. Tomorrow is Easter Friday. I have been impressed with the concentration of so many of the children today.

We started by chalking up an Easter egg design. The chalk lines are outlined with marker pen. Colour is put inside the created shapes.

This sounds and looks easy, but it was surprisingly confusing for many of the children. Perhaps that was the fatigue.

After the break, the children made a cylinder out of clay. about 1 cm thick. They could add faces and designs. I demonstrated how to roll out clay, keep hands cool on wet cloths and join two pieces of clay together.

When they are dry, I will fire them and we will stack them with a stick up the middle. I was inspired by work done in an English class.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Construction M13

8 year olds (Year 4)

The children spent the previous art day making little houses, using noodle boxes as a base to turn into their house. Little Architects

Today they were given raw materials to make their own houses from scratch.

I gave each child a piece of card (A4) and that was their land. They have used the skills they learnt last time and have refined them very well. They have spent more time and care completing the little buildings. They have created gardens, garages, swimming pools, vege patches and boats.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Concertina complimentary colours V1

9 and 10 year olds. (Year 5/6)

This lesson grew from the need to keep the children challenged but engaged, as it is week 11 and the children are starting to show signs of exhaustion.

They had worked with complimentary colours before, so that was easy for them to handle. The tricky part was reassembling their pictures in order.

They drew 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' in black crayon, after listening to the fairy tale. They held their drawing up to the window and copied it. One picture was coloured with primary and secondary colours. The second drawing was coloured with the complimentary colours of the first. For example, the blue sky was orange in the second picture.

The children prepared a cardboard concertina.

The pictures were cut into even strips. They reassembled each picture and swapped every second sprig, for a complimentary one. These were stuck onto the concertina. Both sides had the image, so we put a little hole and a string in the top/middle, so the concertina could rotate.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Bird prints V3

9 and 10 year olds. (year 5/6)

I tried something different today. I handed my iPad over to children to photograph the process.

I was feeling quite clever, until I tried to get them onto my blog.

I eventually emailed 6 photos at a time to myself, so I could add them using my laptop.

If any of you can give me a better method, I'd love to hear it.

I took this lesson a few weeks ago with another year 5/6 class. annie-smits-sandano-inspired-art-

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Organising The Art Room

One on each group table. It holds pencils scissors & black crayons.
A plastic container for oil pastels, which stack and sit on a tray.

Wax crayons in plastic tubs which stack and sit on a try.

Tiny plastic pots with concentrated dye and cotton buds left in them.
It used to be the dental clinic.

Black Indian ink in a small lidded tub, in a larger tub. 

Brushes in size groups in a donated holder. (Thanks Michael McCormick)

Two racks for drying pictures. They fold up.

Paint in lidded tubs, on long trays.
Organising the art room.

I have a small room, 4 meters by 8 meters, with a small storage room at the end. I haven't included chairs, just pillows and low group tables. It's about half the size of a regular NZ classroom. It's this, or I go room to room like a bag lady. I am enjoying it more and more, as I find ways to be organised.

Each table has a pencil and scissors container. I sharpen pencils as they last longer that way. I keep a supply of spare pencils for children to dip into if their pencil breaks. I also keep black and white crayons in these containers as we use them often.

My oil pastels and wax crayons are kept in containers, on trays. I simply bring a tray out and deliver them to the tables like a waitress.

The concentrated dye with cotton buds as applicators, can dry out between lessons, as a few drops of water revives them.

The little Indian ink tubs have lids. They sit in a larger container in case they are spilt. The children use kebab sticks to apply the ink.

My paint brushes are very easy for children to choose, as they are all visible.

The drying racks were not expensive, as some are. I bought two and they hang one above the other on the wall. They fold up if needed.

My paint pots have lids and a plastic spoon in them. They sit in a long tray so can be put on a table a is. I only have the primary colours and white and black. The children have plastic lids to put the paint on using the spoons. They mix the colours on the lids.

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