Thursday, 28 February 2013

Names










7 and 8 year olds.
I attribute this lesson to Gabriela of http://gabriela-outsidethelines.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/identity-through-name-design.html
She explains this lesson well.
I asked the children to limit their colour palettes. We used oil pastels. They embraced the idea without hesitation.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Family / Whanau.





Five year old art.
The new children to our school had a day in the art room today. They talked about who was included in their families / whanau. Some families are complicated. I allowed the children to choose who they felt were part of their families. They drew their families, thinking about who was the tallest etc. They used markers in plastic sheets that had been donated. The children then dressed their family members using a selection of fabric scraps. They lay the fabric over the drawing and could see through to the black lines. They drew on the fabric the shape they needed, then cut them out and stuck them in place.




The second part of the days art was focused on the children's mothers. They talked about when and how their mothers relaxed. The conversation was lovely. "My mum likes peace and quiet". etc. I modeled for the children if they need it. They drew their mothers using black wax crayons and coloured them using water colour paints.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

tiger collage








 5 year olds.
This is the same as the previous lesson, with just tigers as the subject. The children are mostly a year younger. I delivered the lesson slowly and demonstrated more skills. Taking it slowly payed off as there wasn't any confusion about drawing on the back of the tiger skin.


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Animal patterns





At by 5 and 6 year olds.
This art day involved etching, cutting, drawing, gluing and painting. A lot of skills to master. An A3 page was coloured with yellow wax crayon. Then it was painted with green paint. Once it was dry, the children used kebab sticks to etch the grass into the paint.
A separate page was coloured with an animal skin pattern. The page was turned over and an animal outline was drawn and cut out. When the animal is turned over, he is patterned. This was confusing for many of the little ones. The animals were stuck to the grassy page.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

aboriginal dot paintings.








6 and 7 year olds.
One of the boys in the class has returned from Australia. With him in mind, we looked at the art of the Aboriginies. I gave the children photographs of fish to sketch. They painted white paint onto a piece of gum tree bark in preparation of putting on their dot painting. We looked at a few You Tube clips of Aboriginies working on dot paintings. The children did a light outline sketch of their fish and applied the dots with the ends of kebab sticks. As an extra, the children put patterns on gum tree leaves, a lesson I've taken before.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Chalk portraits










7 and 8 year olds.
The positioning of features on a face were discussed and practiced. The children were asked to come up with guide lines for where features are positioned on a face. For example, the top of ears line up with eyes, eyes are one eye width apart, etc. Using the guidelines, they drew a portrait in pencil. Then a portrait was drawn using black wax crayon on black paper. The children had mirrors so they could personalize their portraits. They were encouraged to make these lines dark. The realistic colours were blended using regular black board chalks. The mirrors were helpful here too, to get the colouring right.The portraits were cut out and attached to a background.The background is a relief rubbing in a variety of colours.

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