Thursday, 26 June 2014

Maori myth, R8

My computer has gone to the Dr. 
I'm going to try to post on my ipad. 
Ahhh! I can't download the photos from Dropbox. It's all too hard. And the children did an awesome job of their Maori Gods. This may have to happen in three weeks, on my return.

I am going to Vancouver, Canada tomorrow, then down to San Fran. Big winter break, so probably no blogs for a while. 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Analogous colours M11

Analogous colours

 8 year olds

The day was destined to be challenging. Some children were taken away for kapa haka at another school, while some others had reading one on one, then others were to be involved in a poroporaki at the local kindergarten. And I was to have children from another class for a while.

Mmmmm. The days plan was altered to fit. It's what teachers do.

As every child was there for some part of the day, they could all paint the clay house they had made and had been fired previously. I gave them acrylic paint which had been donated. It was artist quality, therefore was lovely and bright. The children had tiny brushes, to see if they could add the details they wanted.

The other part of they day was used to introduce analogous colours to the children. They made their colour wheel, mixing their own secondary colours. They chose two analogous colours and mixed a variety of them to paint on the double ladder they had drawn, down the page.

A few had the opportunity to put analogous colours on a little drawing they had made.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Silhouettes of sports people. V3

9 and 10 year olds.
The children covered the card with one colour torn from magazines. I encouraged using pieces no larger than their thumbs. 
They left them to dry while they drew a silhouette of a sports person. This was a lot more challenging than I thought it would be. They charcoaled the outline of the drawing onto the collaged card and painted the negative space. 
I like the effect the white acrylic has on the textures from underneath.
The time was shortened a little due to class and sports photos being taken during the day.

I found this lesson on Thank you Miriam.

Monday, 23 June 2014

More fish etching M10

Two light coloured crayon layers, then black paint.

Watercolour (cold coloured) background. 

Observations of fish.

Add grated crayon, then ironed.

Etchings of fish.

 7 year olds.
This is a variation of last weeks lesson, with changes to the backgrounds.


I feel the backgrounds are a very good contrast to the etched fish.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Clay totems, completed V4

The hollow clay heads have been fired and threaded onto sticks like totems. See for this post 
clay-totem-v4 explaining the lesson. We made enough heads for three totem poles.

They are displayed behind the hand rail for safety.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Fish etchings R9

7 year olds.

Rather than start the day with observational drawing, I asked the children to prepare their crayon then paint layer. This way, the paint had a chance to dry.

I gave the children images of fish and they made a detailed drawing. They repeated it in pen, to cement the details in their minds.

They used kebab sticks and the ends of scissors to etch their fish into the paint surface, revealing the bright crayon below.

They cut around the etched fish, then stuck it to bright paper and cut it out again.

They stuck their initial drawing onto the corner of black paper and used cold coloured paper to create an underwater scene. The mounted their etched fish on foam board and stuck it into their underwater world.

This art idea began when I was looking at this site. http://experimentsinarteducation.

The class's blog  has all the images made today. art-day-with-gretchen. 


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