Thursday, 25 February 2016

"Oh the Places You'll Go." By Dr Seuss M12

7 year olds.
'Oh the Places You'll go' was a familiar story for many of the children today. 
After reading the story, we looked more closely at Dr Seuss's drawing and the colours he used. The colour palette is limited and as one boy observed, they are the primary and secondary colours. With the exception that pink replaced red. Clever observation.

When I asked the children about the colours, they said they didn't have other colours on top or mixed in. Therefore they were plain, simple colours. No blending.

Drawing using draft sketches as a guide.
They drew ideas of what and where they would "go" if they had the freedom. They used ink and sticks to draw scenes as Dr Seuss had done, observing the types of things he drew e.g. the crazy trees.
They added plain, strong colour to their drawings, limiting their palette to no more that 6 colours.

Adding the strong colours

Observational warm up drawing.
A "tired arm" break was needed during the colouring.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Farm Animals K8

 5 year olds
Today the children used little plastic farm animals to create their pictures.
The patterns on the backgrounds are the children's names, repeated.
The farm animals were drawn a few times with pencils then crayons, before attempting to paint them with water colour paint.

The background with lines across it.
Covering the crayon names with dye.
Painting the farm animal.
Gluing on a background to help the animal stand out.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Our Place with Hundertwasser M14

 Carrie's lesson

The children were starting to look into belonging, 'our place in the world' for their inquiry this term, so the artist Hundertwasser was great starting point. He came to think of New Zealand as home and spent many years here after leaving his homeland Austria. After looking at his paintings and architecture, the students prepared four Hundertwasser inspired backgrounds using colour pencils and watercolour paints. They were careful to make the colours bold and bright and used simple patterns and shapes. After lunch they drew designs onto recycled polystyrene blocks ready for printing.

The printed designs were based on 'What imagery
do you think of for Island Bay?' For some it was the
sealife, buildings, Tapu te Ranga or surrounding hills. 

The children were mostly happy with their creations and I think they will look great on the walls of M14
A very diverse and creative series of artworks that reflect the time and effort put in!

Monday, 22 February 2016

Complimentary Colour Wheels. M10

 Gretchen's lesson

7 year olds

We spent the day working with the primary and secondary colours on the colour wheel. We also used the complimentary colours.

 The children made their own wheel by tracing around the base of the rubbish bins to make the circle. They put a dot where they thought the centre of the circle was.
They drew a line from one side to the other, through the dot.
They put 2 more lines through the centre, creating 6 segments.

They wrote red, yellow and blue next to segments that didn't touch one another. They painted them accordingly. They mixed 2 colours, say red and yellow. They painted the resulting colour, orange, in the segment that was between red and yellow. And so on.

They graduated two colours along the bottom of the page.

They drew up a new colour wheel.
They made a little cardboard stencil which they traced around in each segment.
They painted them the right colours according to their colour wheel.
They put the complimentary colour around each little stencil drawing.


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