Thursday, 28 May 2015

Terra Cotta Army and Ming Vases. M13

Feathers, drawn with drawing and non drawing hands.

7 and 8 year olds.
The children are looking at ancient Chinese civilisations. 
Today they began work on their Ming vases and terra cotta soldiers.
They will be having a second art day on Tuesday, to complete their art.
Ming vases
Laying down blue pastel in the shape of a Ming vase.

Painting with white acrylic.

Left to dry.

The idea has come from But we have had problems. I tried gesso but it flaked badly. Even with detergent in it. So I tried white acrylic and even with two coats, the blue is still quite obvious. I have gone with the latter. They may be OK when the etching begins. Tuesday reveals all.

                                     Terra Cotta Soldiers
Wrapping clay around a newspaper tube.

Moulding the soldiers shape.
Soldiers with details added, ready to fire.

                                                                  Chinese Dragons
Beginning our Chinese dragon drawings.
To be continued...

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Animal Skins K5

Beginning the paint mixing.

Ten minutes of paint mixing.

Twenty minutes of paint mixing,

The tuatara

The tiger

The giraffes
5 year olds
The children have been to the zoo and are focusing on classifying animals. 
Today I concentrated on the skins of animals.
The children painted an entire surface of the paper with colour that matched that of an animals skin.
They drew their animal on the back of the painted surface. They cut out the animal and stuck it on a black page, boarded with the footprints that their animal would make.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Roman Tiles M11

7 year olds
To begin the day the children made an observational drawing of a simple seashell. When they had finished, I surprised them by asking them to draw it again using their non drawing hand.  They were very careful and tried hard to control their hand. They did a great job. I think it helped that they had  already done a lot of looking at their subject.                  

The children have been looking at Roman culture. We discussed the tile patterns the Romans used widely. We compared them with the tiles we have in our own bathrooms etc. 

Their challenge for the day was to make a tiled image of a Roman boat. I gave them an adhesive page each which they cut up to make their tiles. I encouraged gaps between each tile which they recognised as the space for grout.

An example of  Roman tiling.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Tessellations V5

8 and 9 year olds.
I was asked to create a lesson that involved geometry. I had taken a tessellation lesson in the passed, but recall it being difficult to add colour. So today I followed a similar lesson but used coloured paper, rather than painting the shapes. This was just as lengthy and trying for the children, but I think the result is crisper.
Here is the original lesson with links to Escher and Holly's blog.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Camouflaged Tigers R8

6 year olds.
Another calm, productive day. The children have been to the zoo recently. Hence the subject.
They drew tigers in pencil, using photographs for inspiration. 
They drew the tiger larger, in black and white crayon. 
They cut it out beautifully. I was impressed with their skill.
They added orange dye.

 They ripped long strips from magazines, that resembled jungle colours. They stuck them onto a large piece of paper to resemble long grass. We talked about camouflage. They put their tiger on the grass, then added a few blades in front of the tiger.

The final touch was to add little insects that they would find in the grass. I gave them little white pieces of paper that were sticky, to draw their bugs on.


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