Thursday, 31 July 2014

Puppets V3

9 and 10 year olds.

The class's inquiry this term is 'toys'. I chose puppet making to fit the theme. Initially we were going to make clay puppet heads but as I am away from school for 3 weeks, there will be no allowance to dry and fire the heads before the children's next art day. So we opted for paper mache. I have not had a lot of success with paper mache so I did my research carefully.

The process we followed...
The children made a cardboard tube to loosely fit their index finger.
They scrunched up a sheet of newspaper and held it on the top of the tube with a couple of bits of tape. It looked like an ice cream.
They wrapped the whole thing in tin foil. This held everything together and could be moulded a little to look like a head.
They tore narrow strips of newspaper and pulled them through the glue before wrapping them around the head.
They added scrunched paper where they wanted noses, chins, eyebrows to be.
They continued to wrap.
Every so often they wrapped on a dry strip which soaked up a bit of excess glue.
Finally plain strips of newsprint were wrapped on.

We talked about exaggerating the features.  I stressed the need for the surface of the final layer to be smooth.

They did a brilliant job. They thoroughly enjoyed it. I think the key was the small manageable size.

The children even had time to begin sewing their puppets outfit. I will blog about that after their next art day.  

Friday, 25 July 2014

Road signs, Commonwealth Games signs. V5

No photos today, as the computer is back at the doctors.

The children were part of the IBS Design department yesterday. Their brief was to design new road signs or Commonwealth Games signs, that could be understood by non readers. 

I showed them some that already exist, which they were familiar with. They copied a chosen one, to see how difficult it is to make crisp, straight edges and correct proportion. They used pencil, then brio, then black paint.

We talked about how this type of work is done digitally now. But it can't be done without an understanding of how it's achieved and creative ideas. 

They brainstormed, refined and produced their idea. 

Ha, I just worked out how to add images using blogger. It's primitive but it's on.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Another day with Tikis. R7

6 and 7 year olds.

The lesson I took yesterday was very successful.
maori-tiki  I had a class of a similar level today, so repeated the lesson with just a few changes.

I talked about the importance of laying down a good amount of wax (crayon) before painting. I was able to show them an example of art from the previous day, that had an area where the crayon was too thin and had disappointing results.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Maori Tiki M10

7 year olds. 

 We explored what the children knew about the Maori tiki. They were all aware of tiki's but had very little knowledge of its importance and history. The website was very informative and I discussed many of the points they make, with the children.

I gave the children some images if tikis. They pointed out some features that were common, such as the head is on a slant (not something they found easy to draw) there were only 3 fingers and toes, the arms and legs were folded, there were korus on them. They sketched their tiki.

The children prepared a page by laying down wax crayon, the colour of the carved tiki which was either greenstone or bone. They covered the wax crayon in black. While it was drying they drew another tiki. They scratched this into the black paint. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Maori Gods R8

Year 2 and 3 children.

The children responded to the Maori legend about the Maori Gods. I read the story 'In the Beginning' retold and strongly illustrated by Peter Gossage.

The children used black crayon and water colour paint.

They also tried using black ink and coloured paper .

Monday, 14 July 2014

Art ideas

I went into an art gallery in Portland the other day. After Powells book store! Wow. The art in the gallery looked interesting, a little like painted woodcuts. The artist was in the store at the time so I was able to have a chat to him about his art. I love travelling in English speaking countries!
It wasn't wood cuts, but lino cuts, painted with acrylic paint. He said he wasn't sure what the long term effect oil paint would have on the lino. 
I imagined the kids making lino cuts, printing as usual, then using the lino as their canvas to paint on. I would give them the little acrylic paint tubes I have and fine brushes, as I think student acrylic may not have enough depth. 

Friday, 11 July 2014


I am always on the lookout for art ideas for the classroom, even on holiday. I went to an excellent yarn store today. In the window was a picture of Van Goghs starry night. It had been reworked in coloured yarn. Pieces of blue wool stuck on parts of the picture that were that shade of blue, etc. I think it would be a great group venture in the classroom. I imagine it set up for early finishers to add to. Thank you Betty, for the great idea.
Of course I also bought a beautiful yarn to make a scarf while we're travelling. I am going to attempt to get my knitting needles onto Air NZ for the long flight home.


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