Monday, 31 March 2014

Analogous colours M10

7 year olds.
The children drew a colour wheel outline and painted in the primary colours then the secondary colours between. They chose two colours that are analogous ( adjacent ). Using only those two colours, they painted a grid, varying the tone with water and white and black.

They drew different bird cage shapes on practice paper, varying in size and shape. When they had at least three that they liked, they drew them with black crayon, overlapping if they could.

They painted each outlined shape a different shade of their chosen analogous colours. The little birds are made using card, pen and coloured pencil.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Dogs, fish and honey bees. R7

6 year olds
The children made repeating patterns on the background that were related to the animal they drew. For example; flower repeats in the background supported a honey bee, bones supported a dog, waves supported fish. The materials used were dye and wax crayons.

A short and sweet entry as I'm off to the dentist, ahhh!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Foil images V2

9 and 10 year olds.

The children made an observational drawing of the little pot plants I had put on the tables.

I explained the days art process to them and asked them to make a little practice foil image. It is a delicate process and they would benefit from discovering the pitfalls themselves. EG; the foil tears easily, the foam board underneath needs quite a bit of pressure to achieve the indentations.

I gave the children a piece of foil slightly larger than a piece of foam board. They wrapped the foil around the foam board and drew their plant onto it using blunt pencils. They could zoom in on their drawing or repeat it a few times, their choice to make the image. They pealed off the foil and turned it over. They rubbed Indian ink onto the relief image and whipped it back until it looked good to them. The foam board had the image etched into it. They could choose how they dealt with this. Some children chose to colour the surface with jovi crayons, others used pencil and some left it plain.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Colour wheels K7

5 year olds.
Some of todays children had their first day in the art room.
We focused on the colours of the colour wheel. We began by using primary paint colours plus black and white. I showed the children how to spoon paint onto their palette (ice cream lid) and to mix it with their brush. They created new colours and painted a big piece of paper that they had drawn shapes on. I praised those that managed the paint well. I was keen to keep the paint off the floor.

I introduced the colour wheel, beginning with the primary colours. Then asking them what colour is made when they are mixed. They made collage colour wheels in groups.

They made individual colour wheels, drawing up the wheel themselves by tracing around a lid, putting a dot where they thought the centre was and ruling 3 lines through the dot. That last bit needed a bit of eraser time. Then they put the primary colours in, leaving an empty segment between each. Then putting the secondary colour between the two primaries that made it. It sounds complicated but they grasped the concepts very well.


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