Thursday, 30 August 2012

cave drawing

Cave drawing
Five year olds.

In order to draw like cave dwellers, I had to give the littlies an understanding of what early man lived with and without. That was harder than I anticipated. Anyway, on we went with cave drawings. The subject we chose was hunting for animals. For some reason giraffes were a popular choice. I gave them pastel paper.  I stuck the paper under the tables so it created the feeling that they drawing on the ceiling of their cave. That was fun. We put the drawings back up on the tables and they discussed the colours that would have been available, which was successful. They used water colour paints to add colour to their drawings. When their drawings were done, they screwed up their page and smoothed it out again, in order to make it rough like a cave surface. They then tore the edges off to look ragged.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

stick painting

Seven and eight year olds.

Still working on our cultural theme, the children were given a piece of driftwood onto which they were to paint in an aboriginal design. They looked at examples of didjeridus, ceremonial poles, water spirit poles and funeral poles. They identified the strong symbols and designs. They practiced their ideas with the Aboriginal poles in mind. They used acrylic paint to paint their poles. Cotton buds came in handy when putting on dots.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

mythological creatures

Mythological creatures.

Ages 8 and 9.

The children made an imaginary animal, pieced together from other animals. They discussed and observed Hydra, Griffin and Pegasus.
They used time to practice their ideas, using silhouettes of African animals as support.
They used sticks and Indian ink to draw their creatures. The backgrounds are rubbings in wax crayon with dye over top.

nigerian adire

 Cultural art. Nigerian Adire textile designs.

Nine and ten year olds.

We have a cultural evening coming up where art from different cultures will be on display. This class is contributing art based on Nigerian Adire fabric designs. The backgrounds are white wax crayons. The African animals and birds are stylized  on black paper, coloured with oil pastels.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

tiger paintings

Five year olds.
Tiger painting after a day of tiger drawing and cutting. (See the previous post) We talked about making the tigers large. We also reinforced knowledge of colours you'd find on a tiger. The paint is mixed on the page as they only had red yellow and black to work with.

tiger collage

Five year olds.

Todays class members are brand new. They have just started school.

We read about tigers, described tigers, observed photos of tigers then drew tigers with pen. When the children had finished their tiger drawing, we checked the list of describing words they made at the beginning to see if they had included everything, such as whiskers. They touched up their work, then chose all the tiger colours from the coloured pencil box they needed. They coloured and cut out the tigers. They cut grass from magazines to camouflage their tigers.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

koru art

Koru art
Five year olds.

As part of our focus on cultural art, the five year olds explored the origins and use of the ponga's koru in Maori art. The children made koru shapes on large practice pages before making one on black paper and cutting it out. They made repeating koru patterns after seeing Maori kowhaiwhai panels. They made black marker pen korus on red card, which they coloured with white wax crayon. In groups, the children filled a page with all the korus they had worked with during the day.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


Seven year olds.

This is a classic etching lesson, which has been done for years. But occasionally children are unsuccessful. Today's lesson process was a goodie. I think I have identified the problem spots. The first layer of wax crayon should be heavily applied. Pastel works well too. The children were encouraged to choose lighter shades so they would contrast well with the black paint. The layer of paint can have a few drops of detergent added. This avoids the paint flaking off, when scratched. We used bamboo kebab sticks for scratching the image and the sides of keys for the larger areas. Coins would also work. The children were asked to identify larger areas that they wanted to remove. This offers a good contrast with the black paint.

Monday, 13 August 2012

pastel villages

Pastel on black paper.
Eight and nine year olds.

The children were given a kind of brief to work within. I wrote,
1. horizon,
2. houses on the horizon,
 3. a front garden for each house.
They were given a chance to explore options on paper. They used white oil pastel to draw their image.
The children were asked to identify different colour palettes. They chose a palette to colour their work with. A few had difficulty remembering which colours were included, others used different shades as well.


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