Thursday, 28 June 2012

painting organisation

Five year olds.
The little children are so receptive to mixing colours and creating their own. The children were making a garden scene. They worked in groups of four. I supplied them with the primary colours and white. I left black out as this can dominate the new colours when the children are still learning about how much to add. I put a plastic spoon in each container. The children know that only the spoon goes in the paint containers. They spoon paint onto their plastic lid (pallet) and mix the colour they want with their paint brush. They use the paint they mix and start with a new colour. I didn't give them water and surprisingly, no one asked for it. I have plastic lids for the paint containers so no washing of paint pots. The spoons stay in the containers too.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

dragonfly drawings

Seven year olds.
This fabulous idea has been adapted from Joe Hall's blog, Many thanks. The children painted an A3 page with one primary colour, across into a different primary colour. This passes through a secondary colour which they created along the way. We talked about not being able to see the change in colours. We used words like gradients and seamlessly. Once dry, they cut the page in half, lengthwise. They drew circles on the back of one half. They used lids and containers to draw around. These were cut out and placed on the first half. They were asked to put them on the contrasting part.
The dragonflies are observational drawings. These drawings were repeated using pen, therefore moving from a tone emphasis, to a line. The line drawings were cut out, glued to coloured card and cut out again, leaving a little colour exposed. The dragonflies were glued onto the gradient page.

Monday, 25 June 2012

The cow jumped over the moon

five year olds.
"The Cow Jumped Over the Moon".
The art was done in parts, which came together at the end of the day. The children attempted blending the sky with sky colours. The cow, moon and stars were drawn using wax crayons and attached. The children had a piece of sponge each which they cut into a star. They put a little amount of black paint on a lid. They dipped their sponge into the paint and stamped the stars around the boarder.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

blogger gadgets

It's a rainy, windy, Winter Saturday in Wellington. The perfect day to tweek my Blog. My focus is reaching others. I now have gadgets for Africa. "Do your work gadgets."

Friday, 22 June 2012

tiny weavings

Six year olds.
Repeating the previous days weaving lesson with children who were two years younger was very successful. I introduced each stage with more demonstration and separated from other steps. The loom the children made was a lot smaller, containing only 4 or 5 warps. There were 4 children who found the alternating "under and over' concept too difficult. For these children I wrote on their looms 'under or over' depending what they needed to do at the beginning of that row. It gave all four children success. The little ice block stick easels have a piece of wire, as a support out the back.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

more tiny weavings

Eight year olds work.

The task was challenging for some. They made there own loom using card, rulers and wool. They learnt terms like weft and warp. They selected their colours and textures to weave through the warps. They added paper beads. The little stands were flawed prototypes.   The children made them out of ice block sticks and PVA. The supporting piece out the back was the problem. It wasn't strong enough. Those children who were challenged, came though triumphant. Perhaps they saw this as being more complex than it really is.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

colour mixing

Colour mixing.
Eight year olds colour creating

The background is a collection of home made colours.
The children used primary and black and white paint to create their own colours.
The divided their page up into sections and applied the different colours. They made their own names for their colours, just like a paint shop does.
They spent time doing an observational drawing of a dragonfly. They enlarged this drawing using black pen. Detail was encouraged. The drawings were cut out and stuck to the backgrounds.

Monday, 18 June 2012

four drawings, different mediums

Five and six year olds dragonflies.
The children made detailed drawings of dragonflies using photos and pencils. They enlarged their drawings using black crayons. I asked them to make the wing tips, top legs and tails to touch the edges of the page.
They repeated the drawing on a third page using wax crayons. They coloured them using 'warm colours' for the dragonflies and 'cool colours' for the background. They scrunched up their work then smoothed it out. They put red or blue dye over their work. It has a batik look.
The small blue and yellow cutout image began by drawing the dragonfly again using pencil without the details. The paper was cut in half down the dragonflies body. One half was discarded. The half dragonfly was cut out creating a negative and positive image.  Both were stuck on the other piece of paper.

Sunday, 17 June 2012


Seven and eight year olds bird masks.
The cardboard shape was created on the spot. Each child made their own out of paper first, after watching me make a prototype. The beak was another invention. We talked about the need to attach pieces securely. We used staples and PVA. A strip went over the head and another around the back of the head. Coloured paper was added with PVA to decorate.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

birds in a cage

Mixed media.
Five year olds birds in cages.

The backgrounds are created by making wax crayon rubbings of textured surfaces. The birds are coloured pencil drawings, cutout. The cages are drawn on acetate with black crayon. We only attached the cages to the backgrounds, at the top. This way the cages could be lifted and the birds are freed.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

bird collages

Five year olds work.
The children used triangles, circles and semi circles to create their birds. They added colour using magazine pages, torn and stuck on with PVA which had been watered down. The legs are patterned paper. Our time was limited today, so this was completed in just under two hours.

space rockets

Work by 6 and 7 year olds.
This work has been explained in previous blogs. The photo illustrates the fine detail the children included inside their rockets.

bird collages

Art by 6 and 7 year olds.
Same as the last post, but with an older age group. The focus as more on colours that work well together and giving the birds attitude.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

more bird collages

Work by five year olds.
The children made several sketches of birds using circles. They chose one which they drew on card and coloured using torn pieces of magazine pages. They added long legs. The background is fabric and paper. The frame is squares of coloured paper.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

paint removal

I have a room full of paint shirts for kids to wear. Some kids are good at getting paint on their clothes regardless whether they have a paint shirt or not. Murphy's law. I have found a blog that has a solution. Worth a try.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Fish Prints

Print making
8 Year old fish prints.
The fish was drawn onto the polystyrene board with pencil. Water based printing ink was rolled onto the board. Then paper was laid on top and it was put through the printing press. Rubbing the back of the paper is also an option. The children made two prints, one was cut out and displayed with the full print.

Don Binney

Painting and print making.
9 year old,s response to Don Binney's work.


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