Friday, 28 December 2012

Liebster Award Nomination



Thanks to Kay at http://lsusdtech.blogspot.com/, I have been nominated for the Liebster Award - an award given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.  Thanks Kay, it's great to get a recognition from a non art teacher.  The Liebster Award lets people with newer blogs know that they are appreciated, and it also helps spread the words about new blogs. 


These awards are a little like chain letters. I can understand if others don't want to continue if nominated. I will as I think the intent is positive. I am required to pass on the recognition to others who are new to blogging. Also to write random things about me and answer questions asked by Kay. 
Random stuff.
I've been married for 31 years.
I became dairy intolerant 3 years ago...bang, covered in a rash.
My 29 year old son is covered in tattoo's.
I ran a marathon in 4 hours 12 minutes.

Kay's questions.
1.  When did you decide to become a teacher? When I was about 8.
2.  What is the biggest reward in teaching? Creating with kids.

3.  What is the biggest challenge in teaching? Keeping fresh.
4.  What is your most embarrassing moment? Water skiing and my bikini top rose around my chin. Did I let go?
5.  When were you the most proud of yourself? Being part of my children's lives, turning them into gorgeous adults.
6.  Who is your role model?  In teaching, it would be my dad, who was an inspirational teacher.
7.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why? I've done a lot of travelling and every destination has something special. The next trip is to India in April. I'm curious and apprehensive. I'm expecting a country of extremes.
8.  What is your favorite sport? Swimming.
9.  If you could write a book, what would it be about? Teaching art.
10.  Where did you grow up? All over New Zealand, my folks were teachers and they went where the jobs were.
11.  What is your favorite children's book to read aloud to your students? Paul Jennings short stories.

I'd like to nominate the following bloggers for the Liebster Award;
Erica at http://artrelate.blogspot.co.nz/ 
Kristen of http://princessartypants.blogspot.co.nz/
Elizabeth of http://paintersofdreams.blogspot.com/
Joe of http://artwithmrhall.blogspot.co.nz/
Miriam of http://arteascuola-miriampaternoster.blogspot.co

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Premio Dardos Award


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I’ve just been awarded the Premio Dardos award! This is a virtal award as a gift from one blogger to another. It's a way of recognising and thanking the effort we put into our blogs. 
Thank you so much Elizabeth. To be recognised is a buzz and excellent motivation to keep going. http://paintersofdreams.blogspot.com/
I'd like to pass this award on to the following arty bloggers who keep me inspired. 

Joe of  http://artwithmrhall.blogspot.co.nz/. You manage to weave art into your day, as a reliever at several schools. You include every childs art on your blog. Your ideas are crisp and I have adapted many of them. 
Mary of http://marymaking.blogspot.com/ You have my blog on your blog list. So how can you not get my vote. I concider you as a founding blogger. Your art ideas are endless.
Hope of http://dolvinartknight.blogspot.com/ You tackle complex art lessons. You are supportive of your fellow bloggers.
Mrs C of http://rainbowskiesanddragonflies.blogspot.com/ You delve into the use of materials thoroughly and offer bloggers interesting and clear insights.
Dmasse of http://zamoranoarts.blogspot.com/ I like the way you've been dealing with the same lesson is a variety of ways. 
Gabriela of http://gabriela-outsidethelines.blogspot.com/ I have used several of your ideas over the year, as I have found there are many layers to your lessons.
Phyl of http://plbrown.blogspot.com/ You have been a constant during my 10 months of blogging. Now that you don't have a regular art class, I am still drawn to your blog as you offer life after art teaching.
Pat of http://sharpiewoman.blogspot.com/ You have a frank and no nonsence approach I enjoy. And you are a art blog guru.
Holly of http://linesdotsanddoodles.blogspot.com/ You provide practical ideas with variety.
To accept the award, you simply
1.) Link back to the person who nominated you
2.) Display the award icon and
3.) Nominate others whose blogs you admire for these qualities.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Happy Christmas

I will be focusing on relaxation, my family and friends and my own artful endeavours for the next few weeks.  This is where it will be happening, our Hawkes Bay house. The grapevines are already quite a bit bigger since I took this photo.  It is a very nice environment for "chilling out".
Thank you to all my faithful blog followers. Without you these last 10 months, this blog wouldn't exist. I am very motivated by your comments and following, which in turn has allowed me to see and react to what you are doing.
Best Christmas wishes to you all and those of you who are having Summer holidays now, have a fabulous time.

Friday, 14 December 2012

baches





9 and 10 year olds.
Rachel Olsen, a New Zealand artist from the Coromandel, often paints Summer scenes. This painting of a beach bach has been printed in black and white in order for the children to create their own colour palette.
They used oil pastels as the colours are strong and there is a wide range of colours to choose from. They also blend well.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Pohutukawa




8 and 9 year olds.
Pohutukawa is our Christmas flower. It comes into bloom around Christmas each year. The students made an observational drawing of a flower. They made a cardboard relief of their drawing. They made layered wax crayon rubbings, adding more detail as they saw fit. We could go on to make ink prints from the cardboard reliefs.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Christmas




Scratch art
8 and 9 year olds
I was approached by our local Member of Parliament and asked if I could get children to design images that could be turned into Christmas cards. She would choose from those we offered her and she would send them out as her annual Christmas card. It was a great honour as one of our students was chosen and she came to thank her.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Angels


Angels
6 and 7 year olds.

I provided the materials. Wooden pegs, thin wire, fabric and lace, pipe cleaners, hot glue guns which I controlled, thread. They spent a little time drawing what they wanted their angel to look like. I set them off with a few ideas such as how to attach the wire for angel wings so it wont slip. The rest was up to them. When a child created something different, I asked them to share their idea with the class. The children bounced off one another for the day and made some very interesting, child centered angles.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

group painting





Initial individual work.



Many thanks to Katie for this excellent lesson idea. http://experimentsinarteducation.blogspot.co.nz.

Collaborative painted artwork.
8 year olds.

The children began by making an individual picture with a criteria. Use black crayons to fill the page with two shapes, large and small. Connect the shapes with one another and the picture edges. Decide on a colour pallete and colour the shapes and spaces with crayons.

Then working as a group, decide on two shapes and paint these onto a large sheet of paper using diluted black paint. Connect in the same way as on the small picture. Collaboratively decide on a colour pallete. Some groups applied other restrictions such as "certain colours cant be next one another". I gave the children primary coloured paint and white and black. Also a board for mixing their own colours. It was very successful in terms of working collaboratively, mixing new colours within self imposed colour bands and enjoyment.





Wednesday, 21 November 2012

perspective drawing






Perspective drawing
9 and 10 year olds.
This idea has been borrowed from http://afaithfulattempt.perspective. Many thanks. The class enjoyed the challenge. They were younger, but the concept was still easily understood by them.
Check out "A faithful attempt" blog as her instructions are very straightforward. My students only had a morning to complete this project which was only just enough time.

Monday, 19 November 2012

The Three Kings




Three Kings
5 year olds.

This was such a lovely lesson. With Christmas around the corner, it's the time to share it. We talked about patterns, how they repeat and can include interesting shapes etc. The children put parallel lines across their practice paper and filled each row with a new repeating pattern. They were encouraged to "read' their patterns. EG: circle, star, line, line, circle, star, line, line...
I read a story about the Three Kings named Caspar, Balthasar and Melchior. The children decided which wise man was the tallest. We had a discussion about their rich robes and the colours they might wear.
They drew the Three Kings on paper using black wax crayons. They made the feet touch the bottom and the tallest king touch the top. This encouraged large drawings. The patterns the children had practiced earlier, were added to the robes and coloured with water colour paint. The background was a single colour, to make the kings stand out.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Gum Leaves

Gum leaf decorations
9 and 10 year olds.

I supplied white paint pens (awesome invention) black pens and gold pens. I suggested repetition. Other than that, it was up to the children how they decorated their dried gum leaves.













Creatures.
9 and 10 year olds.



I have tried this lesson recently with a younger class. The older children focused more on a decent paint job, over decorations. The addition of little eyes was fun.

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