Thursday, 15 February 2018

Fringe Lily Oil Pastel Drawings

The first finished of 3BD's fringe lily artworks

Lesson Background:

It's the beginning of a new school year, and our new class name is the Fringe Lilies, named after a gorgeous native flower.  We had a look at some photos of our namesake and then drew these pictures.

Lesson Materials (per student):

1 sheet A4 black card
oil pastels, including light and dark purple
lead pencil
pictures of fringe lilies

Lesson Steps:

1.  After looking at the photos, I step-by-step demonstrated how to create the basic shape of a fringe lily flower- 3 curvy slightly-pointed petals, with a 5 pointed star shape inside it.  The children then used their lead pencils to draw these shapes on their page, and were encouraged to draw as many as they liked the look of.
2.  I then showed them how to show light and shadow by using purple inside, darker purple for the star (or dark blue covered in normal purple), white tips blended in, and light purple fringing around each petal.  One of the children also noticed a small yellow-ish centre with little black flicks, so we added that too.
3.  I then asked the children to notice the shape of the grasses/leaves around the flowers, and we talked about drawing the outline of thicker grass, rather than just drawing only lines or scribbling grassy shapes.  We started by using light green, then blending dark green on the shadowy side, and yellow or white on the light side.  
4.  We looked at the colours we could see in photos to show light and shadow- dark blue, purple, black, yellow, white, light blue, and I demonstrated how they could use upward motions to do thin grasses and shadows.
5.  I really encouraged the children to do what they liked the look of - to be an artist, not just an imitator!!  I think they did a great job :)

Grade 3 Student Artworks:

By Anya
By Reta

By Bornei
By Keira

By Waznah
By Cole

By Idan

By Ezekiel

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Mixed Media Art Gallery Portraits- Grade 3

By Idan
I love Idan's bold colours and abstract shapes!
It reminds me of the expressionist art of Franz Marc!

Lesson Background:

We have just started the new school year.  I have a gorgeous Year 3 class and to start the year we made these portraits.  This cute idea came from:

Lesson Materials (per student):

1 sheet A3 white art paper
1 coloured photo of themselves facing away from you
coloured oil pastels
watercolour paints, brushes, water
lead pencil

Lesson Steps:

1.  With step-by-step modelling, students use their ruler and lead pencil to draw the artwork frame, floor line and checkerboard floor.
2.  Students use the watercolours to paint the wall, floor and art frame.
3.  Students use the oil pastels to create the artwork.  I modelled on the board first, explaining and demonstrating how students could choose different tones and shades of the same colour (e.g. white into light blue into dark blue, or yellow into orange into red).  I also emphasised pressing firmly and ensuring there were no white gaps left.
4.  Students paste their photo onto their artwork.

Grade 3 Student Artworks:

By Liv
I love Liv's bright colours and interesting use of light and tone.

By Liam
I love how different Liam's artwork is- such an interesting use of shape and shadow!
By Michael
I was really impressed by Michael's fine motor control in the flooring,
and his use of contrasting and like colours

By Elise
This is just such a fun. happy artwork... just like its artist!

By Rhys
I love how Rhys took such care with his work to create this delightful picture

By Marco
I love Marco's use of such bright bold colours and shapes!

By Isi
I simply adore the abstract shapes, composition, and use of colour in Isi's artwork!
By Yare
Stunning use of colour and shape, Yare!

By Evie
This artwork shows strong fine motor skills, control, and
yet also creativity in it's use of colour and body position

Friday, 10 November 2017

Grade 2 Acrylic Chameleon Paintings

By Sari

Lesson Background:
We have been reading Nim's Island by Wendy Orr, so thought we would make these pictures of Fred the iguana.  Lesson idea adapted from Deep Space Sparkle:

Lesson Materials (per student):
1 sheet A4 art paper
Acrylic paints
Black permanent marker/sharpie for outlining

Lesson Steps:
1.  We looked at photos and artworks of iguanas, and discussed their features. 
2.  We then drew the iguana step-by-step together, and Mrs Baker showed us ways we could add slightly different eyes, mouths, spikes etc to make them more unique.
3.  We painted the picture.
3.  When dry, we outlined our pictures in black marker.

Grade 2 Student Artworks:

By Yare

By Alex B

By Harris

By Isidore

By Elise

By John

By Leon

By Isidore

By Amy

By Jordan

By Louis

By 2BD

Monday, 30 October 2017

Watercolour Island Paintings

By Isidore
Lesson Background:
We've been reading the novel, Nim's Island by Wendy Orr, and are absolutely loving it!  We've made these beautiful paintings to depict Nim's secluded island home.

Lesson Materials (per student):
1 sheet A4 white art/watercolour paper
Watercolour paints
Brush- 1 thin, 1 medium
lead pencil

Lesson Steps:
1.  Draw the horizon line, palm trees, and any water or mountains desired.
2.  Wash the sky with a thin layer of water.  Do not let it be dripping wet.
3.  Wash yellow across the sky.
4.  Wash streaks of red, pink, orange, and/or purple into the yellow, trying to let them bleed a little, rather than just look like perfect straight lines.  If you have drawn in mountains or water, paint these in colour too (dark blues and purples for mountains look great, and copy the sky colours for any water).
5.  Paint the ground black.
6.  Use the thin brush to paint the palm tree black.

Grade 2 Student Artworks:

By Owen

By Clara

By Jordan

By Leon

By Emily

By Cole

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Wheels of Change painting

2BD Wheels of Change artworks

Lesson Background:
Our class has been learning about transport over time, and how developments in transport have changed our lives.  This week we learnt about the invention of the wheel, and considered just how amazing this seemingly simple invention was.

Lesson Materials (per student):
1 stencil of a wheel (I just searched for a black and white wheel outline on google images)
1 sheet of A4 white art paper
good quality acrylic paints
a thin pointed paintbrush
a black permanent marker/sharpie

Lesson Steps:
1.  Place the wheel stencil underneath your art paper and trace it with the black marker.  Then continue to reposition it under the paper until the page is filled with parts of wheels.  Aim to have no, or almost no white space left on the page.
2.  Paint the spokes with bright acrylic colours.  (I demonstrated how to use different shades of the same/similar colour/s to create a more interesting effect of light and shade, and how to use contrasting colours for the rims to make them stand out more.  This was tricky for students, but some of them well and truly rose to the challenge!)
3.  When dry, re-outline everything with the black marker to neaten it all up.

Grade 2 Student Artworks: