Wednesday, 27 March 2013

paper mache beginnings V4

8 and 9 years old.

This is the second session the class has spent creating their paper mache birds. We broke the day up by making pom poms, as putting layers onto the bird shapes is quite tiring. The next session will be painting...the fun part.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

carbon paper art M14

7 & 8 year olds.

The children began the day as the previous class did, by drawing a fern frond.
They put it to one side, while they prepared the background. They put wet water colour paint on a page. They tried not to let the colours blend too much as they told me the colours would turn brown. While it was still wet, they covered it with cling film and scrunched it a bit. They left the film on while it dried.
This idea is based on a lesson from

I found some "old school" carbon paper, which I gave the children to lay over their coloured page. They lay their observational drawing on top and copied over it...through the carbon...onto the coloured page. Ball point pens worked well.
The frames are their own ideas. The contrast of black and white works well.

Monday, 25 March 2013

etching V6

8 and 9 year olds.

I invite you to click on the images to enlarge them. The details are lovely.

The children were given photographs of ponga fronds. The real thing would have been preferable, but they are in short supply in my garden and it feels wrong to cut them down. They made an observational drawing of it on a page larger than their perspex.
They lay the perspex over a chosen part of their drawing and used cutting tools to scratch their image into it. We talked about hatching and cross hatching to deal with darker areas.
They rolled printing ink onto the perspex and put it through the press. Then rubbed the excess ink off the perspex, leaving the ink in the cuts.
We discussed the elements of a good display. One that allows the viewer to see the artwork without been distracted by crooked work. They decided lining pictures up with one another created a calmer feeling. Armed with a print, a piece of perspex with a backing piece of white paper and a drawing, they displayed their work.


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