Thursday, 31 March 2016

Names M14


Gretchen's lesson

8 year olds
We had a long discussion about colour combinations. I went through some of the more common ones like complimentary (opposite), analogous (side by side), monochromatic (one colour only). The children experimented with combinations they liked. 


I asked them to choose some letters that represent "them", between 6 and 9 of them. I have a name that is 8 letters long, which was perfect for this art exercise. Children with shorter names had to be more creative by adding initials, or nicknames or surnames or numbers, to makeup the shortfall.


 They made an irregular grid on the page to accomodate each of their letters or numbers. They drew their letters in block writing and coloured the piece using oil pastels, in the colour combination of their choice. 






As a little extra, they made a tiny piece using markers and coloured pencils. 



Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Rousseau Jungles M10

Gretchen's lesson
7 year olds.


The children began by  gathering up a few dried leaves from outside. I asked them to draw a variety of shapes from what they had found.

I showed them some jungle art by Rousseau. I asked them what they saw and what it reminded them of. They offered some great insights. "I've seen trees like that in Australia." "It feels like our back garden," "We've got a tree like that." "The flowers are like lily pad flowers." They then identified as many different leaf shapes in the paintings
as they could. 

I read a little about the artist. They particularly enjoyed the fact that Rousseau had never been in jungle. They worked out why as well...no money to travel and aeroplanes weren't invented.

They drew their jungles with black crayons, using lots of different leaf shapes. They coloured using crayon and water colour paint as they saw fit.









Adding paint.













These little pieces of wood are mini jungles. This was a popular extra for the children who finished their other art early.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Easter Egg Creations K8


Gretchen's lesson
5 year olds.


Another eggy day. The children are a few months older than the previous class I took this lesson with. easter-eggs-k7.  It made a world of difference. Also using vivids to mark the lines I think. They grasped the pattern concept easily and made fabulous patterns on their Easter eggs. I didn't have the heart to ask them to cut them into quarters as I did in the previous class. We wrapped a red ribbon around the eggs and the children took them home.




The second part of the day was about making a collage egg, using magazines and glue. They drew their own egg shape very skilfully. They put a few lines across, which divided the egg into sections. Each section was to have a different colour stuck to it.




Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Colin Thompson 'Pictures of Home' with V3

Carrie's lesson

We started the day with a brainstorm on 'what is home?' The answers ranged from love and family through to material possessions such as computers and T.V. I went on to read 'Pictures of Home' by Colin Thompson and looked closely at his Illustrations. After reading another of his books "How to Live Forever" they set about the task of creating their own picture of home, using Thompson as inspiration. The unique and inventive designs created by the children blew me away, and I felt the freedom and lack of structure to this task allowed this creativity to flow.














Next I revisited a project I did with Yr3 earlier in the week where the students created their own character from air dry clay, found natural objects and a bottletop/cardboard tube after reading 'Beegu' by Alexis Deacon. The children drew their characters once they had finished modelling the clay and started thinking about the environment in which they would live. This was painted with water colours. Once again the class came up with some really inventive ideas and were able to explore further ideas within their inquiry for this term.






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