Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Flower Quarters... Matai Hub

Gretchen's lesson with 6 year olds.

I took a similar lesson yesterday with a class of 5 year olds. Today I aimed for more accuracy, colour combinations and care in assembling their work.

 The children folded their page into quarters. This showed them where the centre was. The drew around a lid which was the basis for their favourite flower. 

They used black wax crayon first followed by oil pastel colour. By using the wax crayon, it doesn't tend to smudge so much.

The children cut along the two folds creating four pieces. They stuck one down on their large page and went around the room, trading their other three for new ones. 

 It was an enjoyable lesson, with total engagement from the children.  And to make it even better, they look fabulous on display.

The 40 minutes we had remaining, the children made circle birds.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Birds and flowers K2

Gretchen's lesson with New Entrants.


I talked to the children about mixing the colours they wanted. I gave them only primary colours and black and white. They had a palette each, to mix their paint on.

 Their ideas were enhanced by viewing existing birdhouses.

 Flowers in a vase

This is a group project, using magazines, scissors and glue. It was a relaxing task after the painting.


The children cut out a circle (around a lid) and folded it in half. That was the basis for the bird. From here, it was anything goes. The tail feathers were curled on the side of the scissors.

Shared Flowers

Another class joined us before lunch. Each child put a lid in the centre of their page and drew around it. We looked at the types of flowers that were in the vase made earlier. The children drew petals of their choice. They coloured them in oil pastel. I was surprised at how calmly they took the next step...fold and cut it into quarters. Trade three with others to make a new flower.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Matariki stars with Cecilia's GG

Carrie's lesson 5 yr olds

After some observational drawing to start the day, I read the story of Matariki. The class have been doing some work around this already, so it tied in nicely.
We talked about the seven sisters and set about drawing seven stars, I had a few pre-cut stars for those who needed them to draw around. I encouraged them to colour each star differently to represent different personalities using oil pastels.
The background was painted with watercolours and most went with a dark blue or purple night sky.

I had already done a session of printmaking with this class but
 encouraged small groups to come and finish printing outfits
for their Kapa Haka performance next term. I had a few keen participants

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Weaving and more. K7

Gretchen's art day with 6 year olds.

The children prepared a small piece of paper to etch into, by covering it in oil pastel, then black paint. I've found that if they draw a border before colouring, and only paint up to the line, it stops them getting paint all over the table. They practiced drawing their chosen insect while the paint dried in the sun.

Ruling up.

 I prepare one A4 patterned piece of paper and about 6 strips of patterned paper for each child. 

They turned the large piece over and ruled a line across the top (a ruler width down).

Perpendicular to that line, they ruled lines to the bottom, a ruler width apart.

They cut up the perpendicular lines, stopping at the horizontal line each time. This created their warps. They wove their wefts (cut strips) under and over, creating a mat for their insect.

 They put a little dab of PVA under the ends so they would stay in place.

 They scratched their insect into the black paint with a kebab stick. They were cut out and stuck on a yellow page. They cut it out again and placed their insect on the mat.


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