Friday, May 29, 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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Monday, May 25, 2015

Summer Sparkle in the Northern Hemisphere

As I sit here huddled over the heater and watching the miserable weather being covered on the evening news, I can't help but be envious of our teaching friends in the Northern Hemisphere who are entering their warmer seasons. My sister- in-law in the UK has been posting beautiful spring  photographs of the countryside in the North around Marple, lately.



But then when I look at the great fun we had here over our unless summer of 2014/15, and I'm satisfied. As part of my Seasons unit to help teach Y2 about Colour Theory, one class focused on the colours of  summer and produced some stunning pieces.




We worked on A2 paper for these as I was curious to see how they would cope with a larger canvas. Well what do you think? I think they produced beautiful artworks.



I used the Marzano scale to write up the levelled  success criteria for this unit and have included these for you as well. They cover, drawing skills, painting skills and Colour concepts.
Marzano examples on Pinterest



Summer Sparkle is completed and written up in my familiar step-by-step format, for you to enjoy. Click on the RESOURCES button next to the HOME button at the top of this page to link to my stores.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Winter Has Arrived in Earnest

With the wind howling outside and the rain teeming from the grey skies, it only seems fitting that I finally complete my Winter Woolies art unit.

This is a unit I enjoyed with my Y2 classes last year when we explored the element of LINE and then reengineered it this year to include some paint mixing and COLOUR theory as well.

These works have received so many compliments from all who have seen them so I wanted to share both versions with you.
The ideas can easily be upscaled to use with older primary students too.

I included some great snow photographs taken by my sister-in-law in the UK that really motivated the students when looking at the colours of the seasons. This helped students understand why we were working with certain colours.


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Wishing a happy summer to my Northern Hemisphere friends.

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