Thursday, 29 October 2015

Print Prep Day V6

Collagraph being made.
9 and 10 year olds.
Day One.

The class have two art days in quick succession so I have designed lessons to use the double time.
The children chose an image from the photos of animals I provided, or used an image they had. They made an observational drawing of this and then made a collagraph (cardboard relief). This was followed by a line drawing of their subject, in PVA. This needs time to dry.
The final printing style was to make a cutting into the new heavy foam boards, which are an easier form of lino to cut.

They also needed to prepare the background for their prints, so they had to cover a large piece of paper with a heavy layer of wax crayon, then paint it black. This is to make a scraffito image.

Day one complete. Printmaking with ink will be the big focus next art day. Along with a display lesson.
Preparing the scraffito background.
Carving being made.

Drawing the image prior to applying PVA

Completed cardboard and PVA boards.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Collage of a Cat on a Mat. K8

 5 year olds.

The children warmed up by making an observational drawing of a baby carrot. They used magnifying glasses to capture details. They viewed each others work, halfway through.

I prepared a piece of heavy coloured paper by putting cuts from one side, almost to the other side, 5 cm apart. I also cut up strips of magazine. They were the wefts.
I asked them to put a number at the top of each strip of coloured card. It made it easier to explain which one they go over and under. They wove the magazine strips through and secured them with a touch of PVA.
I prepared a coloured frame for the children to put around their woven mat.

They cut one or two little stencils which they could draw around, creating a patterned border.

Observational drawing of a carrot
Viewing other's drawings.

Weaving the mat.
 I read some cat stories, "Slobcat" and "Gobbalino the Witches Cat".

Drawing and cutting.
They drew a cat with black crayon. They repeated the cat drawing on black paper, which they cut out with crinkly craft scissors. They put black fur on their cats and a few facial features, using pastels.

Some of the children carried on to make kittens.
Practicing the cat shape.

A practice drawing of the cat and the black cutout cat.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Carrot Art V2

A reference for the process

9 and 10 year olds.

Another day of printmaking with our new press,

Chosen for its arrangement.

Chosen for its clarity.

Chosen for the original lettering.

Chosen because its monotone

Chose for the interesting colours.
Chosen because Finn worked steadily and confidently. 

Chosen because it is delicate.

Chosen for the original layout.

Chosen because the layout is interesting and balanced. 

Chosen because of the information it provides the viewer.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Roslyn Gascoigne M14

8 year olds

I showed the class work by Roslyn Gascoigne, an Australian artist who works with mixed media. We discussed the subjects she has chosen. My big question was, "Is it art?"
This created a little discussion, with a great answer being, "Anything can be art".

I followed the lead of fellow art teacher and blogger, Mr Hall. Many thanks as  this has been a very successful lesson.

From memory, some of the themes the children chose today were hands, animals, babies, food, technology, flowers, faces and t shirts.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Carrots K4

Crayon rubbing and ink print.

Observational drawing of the carrot.

Layering the cardboard pieces.

5 and 6 year olds.
I gave the children the carrots I used yesterday with the 9 and 10 year olds. They were still in good condition. They made an observational drawing of them. I encouraged detail by handing out magnifying glasses.

I gave the children a base board which they named on the back. They had lighter card to draw the different parts of their carrot image on. They cut these out and assembled their carrot on the base board, sticking it on with PVA.
I changed tack a bit when I noticed the carrot tops where cut out but lacked detail. I handed out green card for finer work that could be layered. Being a different colour seemed to do the trick.

They made layered crayon rubbings, ensuring all the PVA was dry.

Then they rolled ink onto the card carrot and put it into the hydraulic press.


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