Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Rosellas & Parrots Acrylic Painting

By Annie (3 years old) and Charlie (5 years old)

Lesson Background:

I'm on maternity leave this year, so all my art is with my own kids :)  We've been getting lots of gorgeous crimson rosellas and king parrots in our garden lately, so we decided to paint them.

Lesson Materials:

Acrylic paint
White A4 paper
Black texta/marker

Lesson Steps:

1.  We looked at photos of crimson rosellas and king parrots.
2.  I gave step-by-step verbal instructions on how to draw the bird, branches and leaves, demonstrating on my own sheet of paper as I said each step.  I also gave advice about widths, spacing and positioning as part of my instructions.  Annie in particular (being only 3!) needed a fair bit of support in these elements, and I occasionally put little dots on her page to show her where and how big to draw parts.  I deliberately didn't ever put the helper dots into the actual shapes... I wanted her to come up with her own style, so it was purely to assist with her spacial awareness.  To her credit, she did all the actual drawing herself!
3.  The kids painted the birds.   They did all their own painting, though I did give advice about adding detail like feathers and textures on branches, and how to create shadow and light using different shades of the same colour.
4.  When dry, I outlined all the shapes and lines on their artworks with black texta.  If I had been doing this activity with older children, I would have encouraged them to do this step themselves.


My 3 year old painting her crimson rosella

My 5 year old painting his king parrot

Finished rosella painting before outlining

Finished king parrot painting before outlining

Finished with outlining- you can see the difference outlining makes!

Trimmed, backed onto coloured paper and framed in cheap black picture frames from Kmart...
who needs to buy art for your home when you can just use your own kids'?!

Ocean Newspaper Collage

My sample (but with the waves made by my son)

My son's artwork - Kindergarten

Lesson Background:

I'm at home on maternity leave this year, hence the lack of posts!  But today my 5 year old son and I created these pictures based on the idea from the Usborne book entitled "365 Things to Make and Do": https://usborne.com/browse-books/catalogue/product/1/2506/365-things-to-make-and-do/
I love how my boy made his unique by having his shark come up out of the water!

Lesson Materials (per student):

some newspaper
light blue A4 paper
dark blue A4 paper (1/2 a sheet cut lengthways)
white paint or a white paint marker
black texta

Lesson Steps:

1.  Draw curved waves across the dark blue paper, cut them out and then stick them on the bottom half of the light blue paper.
2.  Draw or trace ocean animal and/or plant shapes onto newspaper, cut them out and stick them onto the dark blue ocean.
3.  Use a black texta to draw in eyes, gills and any other desired features.
4.  Use white paint or a white paint marker to colour in teeth, draw bubbles and/or draw in seaspray.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Grade 3 Paper Scultpures

Lesson Background:
Students created these artworks as a part of our writing unit on procedures.  As we created the artwork step-by-step, we typed up a jointly-constructed procedure.

Lesson Materials and Steps to come from 3BD...

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

ANZAC DAY WW1 Trench Silhouette Charcoal Drawings

By Bornei
Lesson Background:

To commemorate ANZAC Day this year, my class looked at some WW1 trench silhouette images off Google.  We watched a BTN episode on what ANZAC Day is about, and talked about why we commemorate ANZAC Day.  I found this activity on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/230035493445813874

Lesson Materials:

Images of WW1 soldier/trench silhouettes
A4 art paper
Lead pencil

Lesson Steps:

1.  I demonstrated how to measure up their paper and draw in the horizon line.  Student copied.
2.  I showed students how they could either trace or copy the silhouette images from Google Images print outs onto their backgrounds.
3.  Students traced, copied or drew their own soldiers, and then used a mixture of outlining, colouring and smudging to fill their outlines in with charcoal.
4.  I demonstrated how to use lines and shading with the charcoal to create light and shadow in the clouds.  Students then drew their own clouds.
5.  Students were encouraged to ensure they re-outlined all figured with charcoal, to ensure the figures were clear, and to make sure all white gaps were filled, and all silhouettes were totally black.

Grade 3 Student Artworks:

Zentangle Autumn Leaves

By Olivia (Grade 3)

Lesson Background:
We made this zentangle leaves to celebrate the start of Autumn.

Lesson Materials (per student):
Leaves or leaf outlines
Thin black markers or felt tip pens
A4 art paper
A4 coloured card for backing

Lesson Steps:
1.  We looked at zentangle patterns online, and brainstormed lots of different ones we liked on the board.
2.  The children used leaf outlines to trace or copy, and then filled them in with zentangle patterns off the board, or of their own creation.
3.  The students cut them out and stuck them onto coloured card.

Grade 3 Student Artworks:

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: http://ksmaghini.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/the-connoisseur-by-norman-rockwell.html

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