Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Our class K8

Gretchen's lesson.
5-6 year olds
Art and Maths Collide.

The children made an observational drawing of their face. I provided them with a little mirror. 
I collected them and copied them, giving each child a page with everyones portrait on it.

I introduced the concept of symmetry. A few of the children could explain what symmetry was. We came up with a selection of things that were symmetrical.

I gave them photos of beetles and dragonflies to draw half of, on the fold of a page. They traced through the other half, using the window as a "light box".

Several children found this difficult. But a few tries later, they all had a symmetrical beetle.

 The children coloured the drawing in a symmetrical way, then cut it out. 

 They glued their symmetry drawing, surrounded by their classmates portraits, onto an A3 coloured page.

I suggested that is would be an interesting piece of art to look back on when they were 21, as their class mates are all part of their art. That fell on deaf ears. I think 21 is like 121 to them.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

End of year Christmas Cards M12

Carrie's lesson 7-8 yr olds

Last art day with M12 today, so I decided to get the children making a selection of Christmas cards utilising different techniques used throughout the year. This included scraffito, watercolour painting, rubbings and snowflake patterns. Everyone came away with at least three cards and were happy with the results.

We started the day with our usual observational drawing exercise and had a focus on cropping the image. I am always astounded at the observation skills and attention to detail with this class, so have posted the pictures of this work too.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Painted Pillows, day 2. M10

Gretchen's lesson.
7-8 year olds.

We carried on from where we left off from last art day. /painted-pillows-m10.
Between the two days, I stitched around the pieces that the children had prepared. I felt a little guilty, doing a job that the children could do, but it was a logistics thing.

Todays focus was to stuff the pillows which the little video above shows. Then the hand stitching that closed the hole.

The afternoon 'maths and art collide' focus.

Happy 'reading pillow' owners


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