Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Observational drawing prep.

All levels.

I am always on the hunt for appropriate subjects for observational drawing. I have recently decided to use the same subject for all 19 classes I work with, year 1 to year 6. So that means I need 2 subjects per term. In the past I have had a collection of subjects, shells, keys, leaves, seed pods etc. I would bring them out and get, "we've done that." That is not a bad thing, but I tried to avoid that situation so there is variety for the children.

I have a woven floor mat that I am going to cut into 30 small squares, about 6 cm sq. One for each child.
I bought a flower press in a second had shop for $4 yesterday, to find it had some little pansy's and oak leaves inside. I have added new flowers so each child will get a pressed plant to draw.

If you are wondering how to take an observational drawing lesson, I have written a "free" set of lessons. Check it out..  Observational-drawing-lessons-for-5-to-10-year-olds

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Clay totem V4

9 and 10 year olds (year 5/6)

It's the last day of a long term. Tomorrow is Easter Friday. I have been impressed with the concentration of so many of the children today.

We started by chalking up an Easter egg design. The chalk lines are outlined with marker pen. Colour is put inside the created shapes.

This sounds and looks easy, but it was surprisingly confusing for many of the children. Perhaps that was the fatigue.

After the break, the children made a cylinder out of clay. about 1 cm thick. They could add faces and designs. I demonstrated how to roll out clay, keep hands cool on wet cloths and join two pieces of clay together.

When they are dry, I will fire them and we will stack them with a stick up the middle. I was inspired by work done in an English class.http://tssyr7art.blogspot.co.uk

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Construction M13

8 year olds (Year 4)

The children spent the previous art day making little houses, using noodle boxes as a base to turn into their house. Little Architects

Today they were given raw materials to make their own houses from scratch.

I gave each child a piece of card (A4) and that was their land. They have used the skills they learnt last time and have refined them very well. They have spent more time and care completing the little buildings. They have created gardens, garages, swimming pools, vege patches and boats.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Concertina complimentary colours V1

9 and 10 year olds. (Year 5/6)

This lesson grew from the need to keep the children challenged but engaged, as it is week 11 and the children are starting to show signs of exhaustion.

They had worked with complimentary colours before, so that was easy for them to handle. The tricky part was reassembling their pictures in order.

They drew 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' in black crayon, after listening to the fairy tale. They held their drawing up to the window and copied it. One picture was coloured with primary and secondary colours. The second drawing was coloured with the complimentary colours of the first. For example, the blue sky was orange in the second picture.

The children prepared a cardboard concertina.

The pictures were cut into even strips. They reassembled each picture and swapped every second sprig, for a complimentary one. These were stuck onto the concertina. Both sides had the image, so we put a little hole and a string in the top/middle, so the concertina could rotate.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Bird prints V3

9 and 10 year olds. (year 5/6)

I tried something different today. I handed my iPad over to children to photograph the process.

I was feeling quite clever, until I tried to get them onto my blog.

I eventually emailed 6 photos at a time to myself, so I could add them using my laptop.

If any of you can give me a better method, I'd love to hear it.

I took this lesson a few weeks ago with another year 5/6 class. annie-smits-sandano-inspired-art-


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