Wednesday, 26 February 2014

What's inside our bodies? M11

6 and 7 year olds.

The children are beginning an inquiry into 'What's inside their bodies.'
I didn't think any of the organs were going to be great art subjects, so settled on the skeleton.
I had examples of skeletons around the rooms. The children began by drawing a skeleton in white wax crayon on white paper. They covered it with dye.

Next they practiced drawing a skeleton "doing something". They weren't to include the pros, like a ball if it was playing football. Rather the viewer could guess what it was up to.

They covered half a piece of paper with several layers of oil pastel. The children folded the other half over it and drew their skeleton on the outside with pen.

As a bonus, they practiced writing their names backwards then included it in the art.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Fabric design V4

 9 and 10 year olds

The children were exploring retro designs in their class. Specifically 1970's fabric designs. I tried to build on their knowledge and showed them several more examples of fabric design. We tried to identify a common theme. That was difficult, although the children thought colours were a link.

They drew and painted their repeating designs on paper.
I photocopied them so they could make them into 3D pictures as well.  They cut it into strips and pasted them onto black paper, giving them a little ripple.

I got the idea from a picture on pinterest, Thanks Abby.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Roy Liechtenstein M12

8 year olds.

The children had been looking at the art of Roy Liechtenstein, in their class. I focused on the use of expressive words.

I had several images for the children to look at. We also looked at comics and searched for this style of graphic work.

The process was easy enough. The children made the coloured cutouts and placed them on the white page and traced around them with pencil. They removed the coloured paper so dye couldn't be splashed on it. The dots were put on with cotton buds and concentrated dye, around the penciled area. When the dots were dry, the children stuck their coloured paper in place.

Those children who took longer to add the dots, were helped by early finishers.

See this great website for information on Roy Liechtenstein

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Circus Animals V5

9 and 10 year olds.

I was so delighted with todays art. The children didn't hesitate when I asked them to draw the animals and they added so much attitude to them.

We talked about contour drawing. One child talked about blind contour drawing she had done. I asked the children to draw a flower without taking their pencil off the page. They tried a few more subjects, fish, tree, cat etc.

I gave them Indian ink and kebab sticks, which they had used before. I gave them a tall piece of paper, 200mm x 420mm.
We talked about the circus. Then I asked them to do a line drawing of an elephant at the bottom. Stopping their continuous line only to refuel. When they had finished that animal, I told them the next animal to be drawn on his back and so on.
They added colour with coloured pencils, layering the colour to create new colour and fill in any gaps.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Shell design V3

 9 and 10 year olds.

This is a variation on the schooner art I did at the end of last year.

The children made an observational sketch of a shell, which they went on to draw in line only.
The children created a grid on an A3 page, creating 6 rectangles. That was a challenge for some. The second sketch was drawn in each rectangle. I suggested that the shell drawing touch at least 2 if not 3 sides in order to make it large.

I listed 8 different mediums the children could choose 6 from. They included ink, water colour paint, pencil, coloured pencil, charcoal, coloured chalk, felts and oil pastels. They are all mediums they had been introduced to in the past.
I suggested they used the same colours on each shell if it was possible. 


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