Monday, 31 October 2016

Geometry art K4

Gretchen's Lesson
Maths and art collide
5-6 year olds

The children were given a collection of geometry shapes to use for the three art lessons today.
Firstly, they drew around shapes, making them overlap other shapes. This created new shapes in the crossover. They coloured all the new and original shapes.

The children used sticky vinyl to cut their shapes out of for the second lesson. They stuck them on a page, without touching other shapes.


 Thirdly, the children chose one shape. They added lines to turn it into something new.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Symmetry Beetles M12

Gretchen's lesson
Art and Maths Collide

I took a similar lesson the other day with a slightly younger class. The differences appeared in the details and confidence the children had in their ability.
See the lesson here. symmetry-beetles-r7.

 The collaborative part of the day was about shape, colour combinations and team work.

The third challenge was symmetry created by flipping the cut out shape. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Geometric Prints and Rubbings K5

 Carrie's lesson 6-7yr olds
 'Art and Maths Collide'
I reached the end of a wonderful day with K5 and realised I hadn't taken one picture! So no action shots today sorry.

 After some observational drawing to start the day, I provided the children with precut card triangles, squares and rectangles to construct an image or pattern that could be used to make crayon rubbings. These were put aside to dry and used later in the day.

After break I demonstrated the printmaking process using polystyrene blocks and encouraged the children to design a pattern or image made from geometric shapes. Some had clear ideas of what image they would like, but needed help translating this into simple shapes. (Christmas tree was one we talked about)

After lunch the children used their cardboard cutouts to create 3 or 4 different coloured rubbings of their design. They 'bubble' cut around their rubbings, arranged and glued them to the background paper. They worked well to help each other and listened carefully to instructions. Ka Pai K5!

Symmetry Beetles R7

Gretchen's lesson
"Maths and Art Collide"
6-7 year olds

After making observational drawings of beetles, the children drew half the beetle on half the page with black crayon. The folded the page over and pressed the page with the back of a spoon. This created the opposite side of the beetle.

The children darkened the lines and painted their beetle with fine brushes and water colour paint.

 The children cut a shape out of a yellow page, flipped the cutout and glued it to a background. That sounds wasn't. We had, rotation, sliding, lost pieces and way too much glue. Baby steps next time.

 Finally today the children worked in groups to create a geometric image.
They chose a shape, circles were popular, then filled the page with the shape and joined each shape to its neighbours. The shapes were painted either hot or cold colours and the negative spaces, the opposite.


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