Friday, 24 March 2017

Predator Robots M12

 Gretchen's lesson with 7 and 8 year olds


The day was a little crazy, with several interruptions, reducing our art time to half a day. Still, it was an enjoyable day.

The children discussed how they could keep their own back gardens, predator free. Today's aim was to invent a robot that could help them with this task.





I had several photos of robots up around the room, including some the children already recognised...R2D2 and C3PO. We talked about components that are recognisable on most robots.


Observational drawing warm up

The children used vivid markers and water colour paint to make their robots. They added information stickers to their page and named their robots.








Thursday, 23 March 2017

Piwakawaka Lizzies GG

Gretchen's Lesson with 7 and 8 year olds.


We talked about predator free neighbourhoods. All the children recalled piwakawaka being present in their gardens. They knew who their predators were. They also shared ways to rid our neighbourhoods of them.

The children began today's lesson by making a collage garden background. I asked for pieces of paper that were no bigger than the palm of their hand. They were to rip the pictures as they overlap better than a cut edge. They used wallpaper paste to stick their pictures down.

They drew a piwakawaka using photos. I asked them to emphasis the lines rather than tones.



I had prepared squares of foil glued to fabric. They drew their piwakawaka into the foil using sticks. Only one piece of foil ripped. Whew, that was my worry.


 They brushed Indian ink over their foil, let it dry for about 5 minutes, then gently rubbed the majority off with a little piece of fabric. The aim was to leave ink in the impressions. Too much ink gets rubbed off if they rub it straight away.









They assembled their picture, adding a little branch to bring it all together.









Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Predator Posters Steph's GG

Gretchen's lesson with 9 and 10 year olds

Observational drawing warm up.


This is day two of poster making. Here is the post about the introduction.  planning-posters
I feel the outcomes fit the criteria quite closely. 
  • A message about our neighbourhood predators
  • Impact that can be captivating to the viewer in an instant
  • Neatness
  • Links to further info







The children went on to make a bumper sticker that supported their poster message. It needed to be a high impact message. 



Cezanne and Matisse art with Hannah's GG


Carrie's lesson with 9-10 yr olds

We started the day by reading 'Tell us a story Papa Chagall' which gave the children a great insight into the work and life of Marc Chagall. I asked them to think of a dream or positive experience they could draw, many talked about flying dreams they'd had and went on to re-create this in their art. Their pencil drawings were then carefully drawn over with a fineliner and colour was optional extra.

The frames were inspired by a hunt around the art room, where I discovered packaging from school ipads! We also had rolls of coloured sticky back plastic which we could use to decorate the frame.
I introduced the artist Henri Matisse and talked about how in later life, he wasnt able to paint through illness and disability, so would cut out shapes to create his art. This was the basis of the idea for the frame, Matisse inspired shapes with encouragement to overlap and layer cutouts.













While some children were finishing their projects, I set up collaboration tables where the group came up with a Matisse/ Chagall inspired painting/ collage. They had a lot of fun with this and also worked well as a team to clean up when finished.








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