Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Forest Floor V3

9 and 10 year olds

This is a very similar day to yesterday, night-in-forest-m10. with a few tweeks to make it more suitable to the older group of children.
They seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day. I think the combination of experiences coupled with the lovely surprise when everything came together at the end of the day contributed.
I had a lovely day too. The sun shone, the wind stayed away and the class worked so well.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Night in the forest M10

7 year olds

Dropbox or my mismanagement of Dropbox has left me with only 3 images today.

There were three parts to todays art lesson.

1. The children drew either a weta, a dragonfly or a tuatara, using black Indian ink and kebab sticks. They were given photographs for reference. These were cut out and attached to the woven mat. See stage 3.

2. They coloured a page very well with oil pastels, focusing on bright colours. These were painted black and leaf litter etc. on the forest floor was etched into it.

3. They wove torn green paper into a mat, which they stuck to the centre of their forest floor. 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Anzac "Facts' Posters V3

Fact 1. 1/3 of soldiers died of the Spanish flu.
Fact 2. The last surviving ANZAC was Alec Campbell.

Fact 1. 500,000 pigeons were message carriers in WW1
Fact 2. 40,000 km of trenches were dug in WW1

Fact 1. 1000s of soldiers suffered from horrors of trench warfare.
Fact 2. WW1 was the first time chemicals were used in warfare.

Fact 1. Horses are flight animals, but they were still taken to war.
Fact 2. 20,000 horses were taken to WW1 but only Bess returned.

Fact 1. Anzac biscuits were made for the troops because they lasted well.

Fact 1.  It is 100 years since NZ became involved in the First World War.
Fact 2. 
The 100th anniversary will be commemorated with an ANZAC Day long weekend in NZ and many other events around the world including air shows, art awards, marathons, exhibitions, parades and much more.

9 and 10 year olds.
The children were left to their own devices, in teams of 5 to create posters which illustrated two facts about WW1. I asked for a limited palette and that was about as far as my interfering went. It is hard to see the detail and messages that are being presented, but they will be well received in our hall on remembrance day.

Completed mural V3

Done and dusted. We are proud. This is one metre by one metre, quite substantial.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The Tale of the ANZAC Tortoise. V3

The cliff is in place.

The little girl in her nurses uniform.

Gathering information.

Trying the soldiers out for size.

The beach, including rocks from the cliffs.

The children, looking at the landing at Gallipoli.

The ships almost ready for the horizon.

The sea, the pink sky, the sand and the cliff.
The soldiers.

A soldier.

9 and 10 year olds

Carrying on from our last art day, /the-tale-of-anzac-tortoise-v3.html, we made steady progress in our attempt to complete the mural. Fortunately, we have an extra day tomorrow to put it all together.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Emotions K4

Little puzzles 

Cartoon strips of emotions
5 year olds.
The children have had a day of making 'emotional' art.
They did a fabulous job of covering a page with two chosen colours torn from magazines. These made the backgrounds for their whole body drawing, which illustrated an emotion.

Their little puzzles are drawings of something ferocious.

Their cartoon strips portray four facial emotions.

Similar lessons can be seen here  emotions-r7.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Emotions R7

5 and 6 year olds

I have added a few extras to the art day
I took last week.        emotions-k8
I kept the lovely little puppets as they were such a hit with the children and parents alike.

The children covered a page with torn tissue paper. They did an excellent job. They looked very colourful and fun.

I asked the children to make several poses which relate to different emotions. They drew themselves in one of these poses, using black markers. They cut them out and placed them on the coloured page.

One little boys picture looked a bit ordinary and I asked him what emotion it was feeling. He said it was 'bored'. 


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