Saturday, 30 May 2015

Eric Carle Art Club

Hello friends,
Since I started specialising as a Visual Art teacher at my school, I have had a few interesting material management issues that have surfaced. I teach 2 year levels a term which amounts to a group of 140 students a week. This forces you to look at managing work flow and waste in a new way.

One such dilemma is what to do with the paint laden brushes and remaining paint on palettes as the end of a lesson is approaching and its time to pack up.

This is what I do to save my sinks/drains and minimise our ecological footprint. Once the students are set up and working on their masterpieces, I set out pre-spoilt paper (this could be damaged art paper or miscopied paper from the photocopier room.

As students start their clean up, they are required to go past this table and paint off any remaining paint on their palettes and brushes. Some students even started scrarching lines into the wet paint making interesting textures.
You do need to supervise this task initially as they can enjoy it a bit too much and take too long swirling the paints around. Challenge them to leave individual colours visible rather than mixing all colours into a green, grey or brown soup...although these ones can be useful too.

Put these sheets aside to dry and collect them up in a box. Over time you will build an impressive paper collection that you can use in an Eric Carle focused art unit.

When I ran an art club for Year 2 students (ages 6-7) this year,  the kiddies were required to use a mixture of painted recycled paper and scrapbooking paper that either complimented or harmonised with each other (we were also focusing on colour theory).

Students chose a bird image from some line drawn options that they wanted to work with. These were used as a stencil.

Students laid the stencil out on their paper and drew around it, then cut it out.

Then the stencil was cut into its parts and used again on the papers. The birds were glued together and matched to plain card in a colour that suited their bird, for mounting.

To make the background students drew freehand branches on the brown soup paper (mentioned earlier) and  leaf shapes on the green soup paper. They cut this out and glued onto their mounting card. Then added their birds.

Next week we will add some spring blossoms to our tree branches with tissue paper, so I'll post some photos again after that. Why don't you have a go at recycling unwanted paint and paper into artworks like these. All the creating aspects form great fine motor training and reinforcement for young students.

With love, as always

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  1. Simple but so very effective. Love your blog! Thanks for sharing your inspiring ideas.