Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Friday, 19 December 2014

Arty Christmas Gifts

I love the idea of receiving a gift that allows me to try something new. Cookery books are good that way, although they have been coming thick and fast recently and I'm struggling to keep up.

Children are probably the easiest people to buy for. Think about it...Dads? husbands? brothers? way too hard.

There are kids that are oozing with the need to be artistic. The perfect candidate for an art gift. One they can create, explore and experience something new with.

Top of my list is air dry clay. 

You wont need a lot. It is easy to work with. It's not messy like regular clay. It can be pressed onto a relief like a linocut or any bumpy surface. It can be moulded into a shape. It can be painted then maybe sprayed with clear polyurethane.

Coloured paper and PVA.
These cut out nolans are as easy or difficult as the artist wants to make them. There are lots of ideas online and only require coloured paper and glue.

Clear plastic and paint.
Plastic can be purchased at a garden centre by the metre.
It is great for kids to paint on and can also be drawn on
with wax crayons.

Match sticks and hot glue.
This will depend on the age of the child as hot glue guns are surprisingly hot. The children had hours of fun with a stack of sticks and a hot glue gun in the classroom. Both can probably be bought from $2 shops or the equivalent.

Include a block of wood
as a base as it helps to
contain the exploration.

Wire and driftwood.
Imaginations will go crazy with these two things. If
you add paint, even better. When we made beetles in the classroom, I drilled holes trough the driftwood at random intervals so the kids wouldn't get frustrated.

Scratch boards
These can be purchased from art shops. The affect is stunning. We made our own at school
which is a little bit messier, but still possible at home with oil pastels for the base and black acrylic paint over the top. I add a little dish washing detergent to the paint to stop it from flaking when it is being scratched into.

Happy shopping.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Activities. M14

More of a girls choice.

By far the most popular option.

Quite popular, I think because the paper I gave them was adhesive.
Only a few takers for this idea.

They were creative with this idea.

This led to a bit of a glitter mess.

Popular amongst a group of boys.
 8 and 9 year olds.

It is the last week and we are in for a truck load of interruptions. Therefore normal art days aren't possible.
I set each table up with a different activity. They were all old ideas, refreshed.

As the day progressed, the children reinvented the activities by adding their own slant to them.

Tomorrow has even more interruptions scheduled. So I will do away with the glitter option and the card one as the class is younger and that one is challenging.

I will add a 2015 calendar printed on half the page and they can add their art to the top.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Those Kings Again. K2

New Entrants

I will write a little about the day in the morning. It was lovely.

I was out at a Christmas 'do' last night and was asked what I do as a job. The women I was talking to had a desire to make art of some sort, but they felt inadequate. It stemmed from being asked to draw something or paint something at school and subsequent art classes through their lives and feeling it was all too daunting.

This is something I think can be avoided if a lesson is scaffolded. Rather than asking the children to draw the three kings yesterday, they practiced making repeating patterns on scrap paper (ready to include their designs on the kings robes), then a discussion about the heights of the kings, followed by where their feet should be on the page. Armed with these focusses, the children enthusiastically launch into their art.

The same goes for the observational drawing I ask children to do at the beginning of every art day. A mostly monotoned object will be at their desk when they walk in, in the morning. We talk about a focus such as detail or varying line (whispering lines, shouting lines, snail lines). We also quickly go over the other things they have focussed on during past sessions such as tones, proportion, size of their drawing etc. With these thoughts and me drumming into them that they only draw what they see, they draw enthusiastically. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Three Wise Men R9

7 and 8 year olds.

I played my favourite Christmas story for the children. See my previous post for the link.
We focussed on the three kings. We had a discussion about what oriental kings would have looked like.

I followed the previous lesson I had taken with 5 year olds last week. the three wise men Instead of black crayon, They used black ink and kebab sticks. The colour is either colouring in pencil or concentrated dye applied with cotton buds. I left the choice up to them. Most of them chose the dye. They added the names of the kings.

The observational skills of the children have improved a lot. These are their 10 minute sketches of dried protea flowers.

The children hard at work on the second to last week of term.


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