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.

Jul 3, 2014

Line Collage

This is a great lesson for exploring different types of line. I found it here at The Clever Feather. Students started with a piece of paper turned vertically. They then painted straight vertical lines in colours of their choice. Once dry, students drew various types of horizontal lines on the unpainted side of their page. They then had to cut on these lines and glue the cut pieces back together onto a black piece of paper, leaving a small gap between each piece to emphasize the different line types. I did this lesson with grade ones but many of them found it quite difficult. The cutting and gluing proved extremely difficult for many students so in future I would probably make this a grade 2 lesson.

Jun 19, 2014

Cat and Bird

'Cat and Bird' by Paul Klee. Image via wikimedia.

This is a simple lesson based on Paul Klee's 1928 painting 'Cat and Bird'. I used this lesson for my grade ones to reinforce using basic shapes to build up a drawing and had students use a step-by-step approach. I've seen this lesson on a few websites over the years. Rumriver Art Center also has a great resource for the step-by-step approach. I let my students paint their Cat and Bird in colours of their choice.

Jun 7, 2014

Lava Lamps

I loved this project I did a while back with my grade 2s. This idea came from Pinterest but unfortunately the link is broken, so if this is originally your brilliant idea, please let me know so I can credit you!
Found on Pinterest
It's a really clever idea because it teaches many different concepts, uses a variety of media and looks effective.

As with the original poster, I used this project to reinforce the difference between geometric and organic shape. The lamp is created by drawing a large triangle, then cutting two smaller triangles and a tiny rectangle from black paper and gluing to form the rest of the lamp. Several small organic shapes were drawn and painted inside the lamp for the lava and again in the background to create the psychedelic light effects. 

The shapes in the background were repeatedly traced in coloured textas (markers) until the shapes filled the entire background. A piece of black string or yarn was also added as a cord for the lamp. You could also use this project to teach complementary colours and quality of line.
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