Sep 5, 2014

Rainy Day Watercolours

This is a great watercolour and crayon resist lesson idea I got from Natalie from smART Class. You can find all the instructions on her blog. I had actually never used artist quality watercolours and watercolour paper with students before as I have always figured it would be too expensive, however this was a simple introduction to watercolour techniques in which we only used one small piece of paper per student and only three different colours - and it only took one lesson on a rainy day to complete!

Aug 27, 2014

Aboriginal Inspired Lizards

The idea for this project came from a picture found on Pinterest which lead me HERE to the Swedish Blog 'Creativ Company'. These reminded me of aboriginal punu (wood carvings) of lizards I had seen, so I decided this would be a good introduction for my grade threes to aboriginal art as well as mixed media sculpture. 

image via Artlandish.
image via waltja tjutangku palyapayi
 We began with a thick stick for each student and a couple of long pieces of soft wire. I decided rather than drilling any holes that I would have my students wrap the wire around the body. I instructed them to bend the end of each piece of wire to represent the toes and then each piece of wire was wrapped around the stick to form two sets of legs. Students then applied a base colour paint of their choice to the body and legs. 

After viewing Aboriginal paintings and carvings, students used a tiny brush and a matchstick to apply a pattern of stripes and dots in colours of their choice. Small googly eyes were glued on to complete and immediately these lizards had quirky personalities of their own! 

Aug 14, 2014

Monet's Water Lilies

This work was created by students, inspired by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926). Monet was greatly inspired by Japanese art and aesthetics and had a wonderful Japanese style pond in his gardens at Giverny. The water lily pond featured in over 250 of his paintings. One of these paintings was recently sold at auction for over 80 million dollars, the most ever paid for a Monet.
Le Bassin Aux Nymphéas, Claude Monet, 1919. image via wikipedia.

Students drew a background of water and lily pads using layers of oil pastel on black paper. Tissue paper flowers were then added as a collage element.

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