Tuesday, 31 July 2012


Nine and ten year olds.

This work is inspired by Gustav Klimt's "The Tree of Life". It was a challenge. We looked and discussed how Klimt had used pattern and what his pattern was made up of. We also read 'Klimts Cat". The children chose a coloured piece of paper and covered it in "Klimt" pattern with pastels. They practiced making a tree in Klimt's style. This was necessary as it was difficult to cover a page in spirals coming from a central trunk. Then, if that wasn't tricky enough, they had to paint the negative space in black.

Monday, 30 July 2012

observational drawing

Observational drawing.
seven year olds.

I begin every art day with observational drawing, regardless of the age of the children. The younger children work more quickly. The older ones have learnt to see more to include in their work. I give them 4B pencils. I have a collection of objects in the room, which have only one colour but many tones. I ask the children to observe tones (shades), details and proportion. I rove continually, passing supportive, positive comments for all to hear. ie; 'great detail', 'I see four tones in your work', 'I like the way you are using the side of your pencil', 'I've notice you are looking at the subject often'. At the end of a session, which varies in time considering the children's age and the subject, I will hold up each piece of work and pass a positive comment. It's quick and easy to do and rewarding for the children.

Observational drawing objects I've collected include feathers, shells, variety of seed pods, keys, dry leaves, bones, dry seaweed.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

imaginary animals

Indian ink and dye.
Seven year olds.
The creatures are imaginary. They are a combination of three animals. A few children widened the boundaries and included aliens etc. They also combined the names to create a new name for their creature. For example; Octosharcpufa (bottom right), is the combination of a shark, a puffer fish and an octopus.
They did several sketches to begin with. They were asked to make their animals fill the page. The drawing is done with ink and sticks. The coloured dye is added with cotton buds.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012


 Painting and drawing.
Seven year olds.
The children used paint to create a cross section of under a tree. They had to mix their own brown.
We talked about the different animals that live in burrows. The children were very informed. They chose their favorite creature and did some sketches of the burrows they wanted them to live in. They used Indian ink and kebab sticks to draw their detailed burrows. They cut them out and stuck it onto their prepared painting.

Monday, 23 July 2012


Five year olds.
Kandinsky inspired collages.
The children cut three different sized circles out of cardboard. They wrote their name on each one so they wouldn't loose them so easily. These were their templates. They were given a selection of fabric and coloured paper to choose from. They traced around their cardboard template circles. They put three different sizes together to create a triple layered flower. They used a variety of green  paint colours to make their stalks. They used PVA to assemble their work. 
We were very short of time today. If time allowed, I would have asked the children to include a variety of leaf and stalk shapes. Perhaps even using the side of a piece of cardboard to dip into the paint to make stalks. Perhaps using cotton buds to apply the paint.
I attribute this work to http://marymaking.blogspot.co.nz. 

Thursday, 19 July 2012

water colour turtles

 Water colour paint and drawing
Seven year olds.
The children looked at photos and observed the details on a turtles surface. They drew several turtles using black crayons on a large piece of paper. They chose their best work, focusing on details and shape. They used a black pen to draw their turtles and painted them with water colours and fine brushes. They chose a background colour that enhanced their work. I was impressed at how decisive they were at this point. They glued their work on the chosen background.
They had an opportunity to repeat the exercise using strong dye and cotton buds to apply the colour.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

shape birds

Drawing and painting
Five year olds.
I drew some simple geometric shapes on the board and asked the children to use them to design lots of different birds. They filled a page with birds using a black crayon. They chose their favorite and cut it out. They copied this onto a new page and coloured them using water colour paint. They cut them out and put them on a tree that a few early finishers had drawn. The next bird they drew was done with a marker and water colour paint. They cut them out and chose a coloured paper for the back ground.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

insects on the forest floor

Eight year olds work.

The children created colours they would find on a forest floor, using primary colours and white, and covered a page. They blended and smudged the paint colours. Once dry, they cut the page into strips and wove the strips together to make a mat. They traced around an oval shape and cut the floor out.
They made observational drawings of insects, which they coloured with water colour paint. The insects were cut out and placed on the forest floor.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

cultural evening

We have a cultural evening coming up this term requiring a display of art. We also have a calendar fundraiser. A piece of art a certain size from each child interesting enough to hang on a wall for a year. That's 500!
My art planning will have to be very focussed. I have begun by collecting long pieces of driftwood, with the help of our visitors kids. There was a lot of rain last week and the Tukituki river's flow was amazing. So no shortage of wood. The sea strips the bark and the wood dries well in the sun. I have done nothing more than paint them a primary colour. this will provide a blank canvas for the children. My intention is for them to research the use of cylindrical supports used in cultural art. EG didgeridoos.

Monday, 9 July 2012

nigel brown pastel art

Pastel drawing
Eight year olds work.
Nigel Brown (NZ artist) was the inspiration for this work. The class was inquiring into conservation issues. The words and images were brainstormed first, then the colour pallet. Nigel Browns work is often uneven and loose which is unrestricting and great for the children. There was no need for accurate lines.  The pastel colours are strong and they applied them with intent.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

ukelele drawing

Five year olds.
The children had a ukelele to observe. They made pencil sketches of their ukelele. They made a black marker drawing of their ukelele sketch on a larger piece of paper. They used cotton buds and strong dyes to add colour. After which they made a black crayon drawing of the ukelele, which they stuck selected torn magazine pages pages to add colour. After each drawing of the ukelele, the children became very familiar with the shapes and the drawings began to show individuality.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

hundertwasser hats

Pastel drawing
Eight year olds.
The children discussed the make-up of one of Hundertwasser's paintings. They noticed the colour combinations and perspective amongst other things. They also noted that there wasn't a large area covered in a single colour. It was almost a mosaic of colours. They kept these ideas in mind when they designed their own hat pictures. The pastels were a good choice as the colours are bright.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

gods eye weaving

Five year olds.
It's holiday time, but I have the 'Blog bug'. I have lessons to share from before my blog began. The children made 'Gods Eyes' using ice block sticks and wool. The pattern process was challenging for some, but the dedication to create a Gods eye is strong. In every case, there was success, appropriate to where the five year olds began. Officially known as Ojo de dios. It's worth Googling the history and process.


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