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.

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.

Monday, 12 November 2012

the owl and the pussycat

"The Owl and the Pussycat" collage.
5 year olds.

I've taken the lesson three times now. Every time has been a success and every time has had different results. This class is our New Entrant class of 8 children in their first few weeks of school.
The children have drawn what they want their scene to look like. Then they have drawn the components individually on card and cut them out. Each one has had a different treatment. Such as a glitter pussy, a collage boat, a blended crayon ocean and a oil pastel owl with etched feathers.
They discussed what an horizon is and put this across their background page. The sky has stars for the owl to look up to and a moon to dance by. All the components are positioned and stuck down.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

name rotations

Name rotations.
6 year olds.
The children wrote their names a few times using solid letters, like bubble writing. They tried fitting the letters into a triangle, touching the sides. They where asked to fold their square paper from corner to corner creating 4 triangles. In one triangle they wrote their name as practiced, sitting it along the outside edge. Then by folding the page on the crease, they held it up to the window and copied their name in the next triangle. They needed a bit of guidance here, in order to copy onto the same side as the first name. They used coloured pencil to add colour.
The idea for this lesson came from http://hooverartroom.blogspot.co.nz. Many thanks.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

stick insects

8 year olds.

I spent Sunday collecting driftwood from the beach. I drilled a hole through in two places on each one.
The children took one piece of driftwood and two pieces of wire. They used the wire to thread through the holes to make legs. Then they painted the stick with a single colour.
They made a sketch of their budding creature. I showed them a collection of bits and pieces that they could choose from to add to their creature. They then drew what their creature would look like when it was finished.
Once the preparation was complete, they transformed their stick into a reality. They wrote a creature profile to support their creation. They decided what the profile should contain.


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