Mar 13, 2014

Contour Hands In Wire

I love to combine teaching contour drawing with working with wire - having to transform their drawings into wire sculptures really seems to reinforce the idea of using one continuous line that only follows the outlines of an object. 

Last year my grade 5 students rose to the difficult challenge of not only drawing their own hands using a marker (no erasing) but then transforming one of their drawings into wire. It was interesting to see the different approaches individual students used for this project. Some laid the wire directly over their drawings, some used their hand almost as an armature to get the shape, and some really did "freehand" it (so to speak).

I picked up some wooden coasters from a craft shop which served perfectly as a little stand for each sculpture - we just hot glued them right on.

As a group they represent a teacher's nightmare - every kid in the class wanting your attention all at the same time!

Feb 22, 2014

Recreating Famous Paintings and Greetings From the United Kingdom

It's been a while since I posted. It's actually been a while since I taught a class - two months in fact.

I am actually in the UK at the moment and will be for a few months before returning to my job in Australia. It's a long story but if any teachers are reading this in the UK - let's do lunch! I'm so bored and no one will give me a job over here. So let's make it a cheap lunch because I'm also broke. On a positive note I've been bumming around in galleries in London about once a week which has been amazing!
At the Tate Modern with one of my favourite paintings.
Anyhow - I thought I'd post some lovely drawings some grade 4 and 5 students did at the end of last year as part of an art history assignment I set. They had to research a famous painter and part of the assignment asked them to recreate one of that artist's most well known paintings.




Van Gogh:


Jan 13, 2014

Japanese Koi Fish Drawings

My students started learning Japanese language at school last year, so I thought I would do some Japanese themed art work from time to time in the Art Room.

Thanks to Alison from Polka Dot Spot for this beautiful lesson idea. I love it and it was a perfect introduction to Japanese art. 

This was a special lesson for me as it also resulted in one of my favourite pieces of student art work all year. The drawing above is so amazing and created by one of my fantastic grade two students. Yes, he is 7 years old and his drawing shows his amazing knowledge of form, movement and tone. I was so proud!

I went through some basic steps for drawing a Koi and then students used photographs of swimming Koi as a reference to draw either one large or two small swimming fish. Their drawings were outlined in black marker and then coloured using watercolour pencils. 

We used lines of smudged charcoal to create the ripple effect and also cut our drawings into a pond shape before mounting onto black card. 
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