Thursday, 29 May 2014

Patchwork Quilts R8

 Year 2 and 3. (6 &7 year olds.)

Today I tried to incorporate a wide variety of mediums that are directly made using the earth. EG; chalk, oil pastels etc.

They began by drawing to a variety of music styles, in order to create a variety of line using wax crayons. They put crayons aside and coloured a selection of the created shapes with oil pastels.
They moved on to colouring more shapes in with chalk.

I handed out markers and rulers and they drew straight lines from side to side, observing how the different mediums work in different ways with the markers.

 The final medium was water colour paint which they applied onto shapes, even if they were coloured with something else. For example, the chalk absorbed the paint but the oil pastel repelled.

I called a halt to the process, even if the entire surface wasn't covered.
I handed out strips of plastic to use as rulers. They were the correct width to section off the page evenly (it didn't work the other way though)

They marked a grid on the back and cut up the page into squares. They kept their pieces together to avoid loosing them later.

I handed out a piece of black paper the same size as the original and they stuck the squares on in random order.

They decided whether they were cat or dog people. They drew a sleeping cat or dog using indian ink, while their work was drying and these were cut out and stuck onto their quilts.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

"Where the Wild Things Are" K8

Check out the great You Tube the class has made to display their art. koolk8.blogspot

5 year olds.

Another class of year ones. Several of the children had their first visit to the art room today.

I read the children the well known story "Where the Wild Things Are". Several children were keen to read along.

We discussed the features on the faces of the wild things. The children noticed that most of them had teeth like sharks. So this is where we started. Then the eyes and the noses. After these features were drawn at the top of the page in crayon, they made the head. I left them to complete their wild thing, but encouraged patterned clothing. They cut them out and put them aside while they created the backgrounds.

We looked at the story again, noticing the tall tree trunks, high and low foliage and the colours. They used oil pastels to create their jungles. They completed the backgrounds using water colour paints.

They stuck their wild thing over the backgrounds.

Thanks to Katy for the inspiration for this lesson.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Paint mixing K5

5 and 6 year olds.

I've been given a selection of little acrylic paint tubes. There are only five colours, but limiting the options is not a bad thing.

I gave the children a little demonstration on how to use the paints to create new colours, using a lid as a pallet. They only used a pea sized blob of paint at a time. They drew 5 squares on a page. The idea was to mix a new colour and paint a square. Then give it a name. They were very focussed and created some excellent colours and names.

I showed them a photo of a hillside full of old houses in Wellington. We discussed how they appeared to be on top of one another. I showed them how to draw the bottom house first, then to add what they could see of the houses above. They understood this concept very easily and went on to fill their page with houses tumbling down a hill.

Using their new paint mixing skills, they painted their houses.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Fish Scratch Pictures. K2

 5 year olds.

The children walked to the beach last week. Hence the fish.

I asked the children to categorise coloured crayons, depending whether they thought they were light, medium or dark. The children chose a light crayon and covered an A4 page. I kept them going until the page was well covered. This required a break, for a run to the other side of the playground and back. They then chose three more crayons and layered the colours through to the darkest. The coverage was not as important as the first, as that is the one that is exposed after etching.

I asked them to make several drawings of fish on practice paper. They chose their favourite and etched it into there crayon with kebab sticks. I encouraged them to add other images that they thought would be in the water with the fish.

I cut out foam board frames which they collaged with torn magazine pages. They tried to stick to one or two colours.

They made a little drawing or two of fish, using kebab sticks and black ink. They cut these out and glued them onto the frames, after the frames have been stuck to the etching.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Dogs M11

8 year olds (year 4)

I noticed how motivated the children were a few weeks ago when part of the art day focused on dogs. Today the whole day was 'dogs'. A very popular choice.

We began by talking about the strengths and weaknesses of charcoal. I demonstrated a little, about how not to smug unintentionally and how to make crisp lines.
I asked the children to use the charcoal and draw a dog from memory. They enthusiastically took this challenge on.

I then asked them to take one of the dog photos and to draw what they saw, just like an observational drawing.

Moving on, they drew their dog on a square piece of paper with black crayon, remembering to include the dogs neck, so he wasn't floating in space. They were asked to colour and use the crayon strongly. I suggested layering the colours to obtain a hairy look. Several children took this idea on with excellent results.

They screwed up the page so the wax crayon would crack. After smoothing it out they put a layer of dye over the whole page.

I mounted all 3 pieces of art together to display the learning process clearly.


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