Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Beetles K5

5 year olds art.
The children are studying "mini beasts" with their class teacher, Hannah. The children were already motivated about beetles so a discussion about different beetles attributes was thorough. The children filled a page with drawings of different beetles, including beetles they had invented, which they tried to include the attributes that existing beetles have.
They chose one drawing and drew it with pen on a small square card. I asked them to make their beetle touch as many sides of the card as they could. An attempt to keep the beetles large.
They coloured the beetles in using coloured pencils in either only warm or cold colours. The background was to be the opposite.
The beetle was drawn again using black crayon on a large square piece of paper. This time colouring with wax crayon. They scrunched up the page and covered the picture with with cold or hot coloured dye. Little cracks appear in the wax crayon when its scrunched and the dye gets into the cracks. It looks a little like batik.

Monday, 27 May 2013

clay birds V3

9 and 10 year year olds.
The children made their clay birds in a previous lesson. I fired their work in the kiln. Several lost a wing or even a head. But nothing a hot glue gun couldn't fix. The little legs are string threaded through two holes near the front edge. The children painted their bird with one colour and left it to dry.
While they were drying...
We talked about Kandinsky. The children painted their page in the concentric circles that Kandinsky had painted. Several children noticed the effect that colours had on one another. I showed them how to make an origami butterfly using a youtube clip, several times. Those children who mastered it, were my experts and they helped the strugglers. They folded their painted page into a butterfly. I attribute this cool idea to http://artlessonsfrombelgium.blogspot.co.nz.
The birds are dry...
The children added details to their birds with paint and thin brushes.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Water pipes M10

7  and 8 year olds.
The inquiry topic is water. We focused on how we move water around. Pipes and drains.
The children began with an observational drawing of their shoe. Quite unrelated but a great warm up.

I asked the children to tape two pencils together so they could draw parallel lines on their page to represent pipes. They put their first pipe across their page, trying to make right angle turns. Subsequent pipes had to go under existing pipes. Challenging for some, but the results were impressive. They gave each pipe a different colour.

On a larger piece of paper they drew fatter pipes by taping a block between their pencils. They went over their pipes with a black marker.
They selected one pipe which they copied onto a new sheet of paper by holding it up to the window. They cut out the new pipe and I cut little slits on their page to allow the new pipe to thread through. It was like weaving. This gave the page a 3D look.
They used a different medium to colour each pipes...paint, coloured pencil, pastel crayon and used cold or hot colours.


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