Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Colour wheel painting with Gina W's GG

Carrie's lesson- 5 yr olds

We talked about primary colours first and some of the children knew you couldn't make a primary. These were painted onto their colour wheel, leaving a space for the secondary colour. After a demonstration of colour mixing, the children had to make their own secondary colours from the primaries and fill the gaps, most had success with this task despite a few colours going in the wrong gap!

The next task was to write their name in large bubble writing, and colour with oil pastels using a range of primary and secondary colours.

After lunch we had A3 paper to fill with koru shapes (spirals) of all shapes and sizes. When they completed this, they chose their best designs to transfer onto a bookmark.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Koru exploration K7

Gretchen's Lesson
5 and 6 year olds

The children have talked about Maori art and design in their class. They were knowledgeable about why they only used red, black and white in their art. They knew about the koru shape, which is what I focused on today.

They covered a page with as many different ways they could think of to make a koru. 

They made a huge koru which was a shape they could add colour or design to. 
Therefore not just a line.

They repeated the koru and filled it with torn red or black magazine pieces. 

They carried on to make repeating koru designs on strips of paper and a design they thought would look good on a Kapa Haka outfit. I forgot to photograph them. 😕

 I gave the children a piece of vinyl with an adhesive side. The cut out a koru shape and stuck it to a page.

Secondary and Teriary colour print with Lizzie's GG

Carrie's lesson 7-8yr olds

Sticking with the theme of colour, we started the day with a discussion about primary, secondary and teriary colours- making parallels with the school system. The children chose a limited colour palette of two acrylic primaries and white, and were challenged to make as many colours as possible from these to paint a checkerboard style painting.

These were left to dry over the lunch period so they could be printed over for the next stage.
Using polystyrene printing blocks, the children planned a design that had an element of symmetry and used the four mid points of their square, to create a design that could repeat.

An exercise at the start of the day comparing dominant hand observation to non-dominant

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Clay bells and coil birds M13

Gretchen's Lesson.

Day one of 'clay bell' making.

8 year olds
I went over a few tips to help their clay exploration be successful.
  • wrap any clay they are not using, so it wont dry out.
  • pat a damp sponge to keep their hands cool.
  • join clay pieces by scratching the surfaces to resemble velcro.

The little bells are made by making a cup shape upside down. Adding a handle and making a little ball with a hole in it to hang in the centre. See here to view a lesson  I took a few years ago. Also view here to see the results after the bells were fired and put together.

Clay making was completed by 11am. We moved on to constructing birds using strips of coloured card, PVA, and thread.
I began by trying to teach the class how to tie a slip knot. That's not an easy task. A few children managed it. This was needed to hang the two birds they were asked to make.
The birds were made by rolling strips of card to form the various parts of the bird. I asked the children use PVA, as sellotape is not really a good look. So to help with the setting of the glue, I gave the children pegs to hold their coils in place.
The children managed to balance their two birds on a little bamboo stick, very well.


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