8 and 9 year olds
The children made an observational drawing as a warm up for the day. I asked the children to put their pencil into their non drawing hand and to draw the same subject again. We had a discussion as to the purpose and result of this exercise.
They offered ideas such as;
- in case we break an arm, we can use the other hand.
- to free up our drawings.
- so we don't get too focussed on getting it perfect.
A few children preferred their non drawing hand drawing.
I showed the children the art of three New Zealand artists. The common subject being caravans which seem to be making a come back in NZ.
We discussed the layouts, horizon position, shadows and caravan shapes.
I gave the children chalk to sketch out their layouts on pastel coloured pastel paper.
The chalk will disappear under the oil pastels later, so they could make errors without worrying.
They added oil pastel colour. They addressed blending and made decisions about outlining all, parts or non of their images.