|Year 1/2 Artworks|
My Year 1/2 class have been learning about straight and curved lines in recent maths sessions and learnt about the colour wheel during art lessons earlier in the year. I spotted the artworks of Maria B. Davis on the Internet and thought they combined these 2 concepts very well. http://www.mariabdavis.com/Oil_Pastels.html
1 sheet A3 art paper, trimmed to allow for a 2-3cm border of backing paper
Circle shapes (Maths shapes, tins, bottles, glue-stick lids, etc)
Newspaper (to keep the desks clean)
1. We looked at the art of Maria B. Davis and talked about the difference between straight and curved lines and how Maria used curved lines to create her artworks.
2. We examined her use of colour blending and talked about how colours of the same tone (or next to each other on the colour wheel) blend most easily. We brainstormed which colours blend best into one another on the board, (e.g. yellow into orange into red)
3. I demonstrated how to use circle shapes to trace circles onto the art paper. I then demonstrated how to use curved lines (& only curved lines!) to join the shapes together. I emphasised the importance of the students making sure the lines they drew helped to create other interesting shapes (no boring bits!).
4. The students went back to their desks and did their drawings.
5. I demonstrated how to colour and blend:
-Outline a shape in the lightest colour (e.g. pale pink) and then colour in the shape with that colour.
-Select the next darkest colour for blending (e.g. hot pink and/or red) and outline and colour half the shape in this darker colour.
-Then take the lighter colour you started with and colour over the top of the shape, pressing firmly to smooth the colours into one another.
6. The students went back and did their colouring and blending, making sure there were no white gaps and that they didn't leave messy fingerprint smudges!
7. The students outlined all shapes in black oil pastel to make everything stand out.
8. One of my students told me they had given their artwork a title (Well done, Gabe!) so I suggested that everyone have a go at creating a title for their artwork, based on how it made them feel, what it reminded them of and what they were thinking about while making it. This was a great activity and very insightful- some children definitely have an artist's spirit, others are very literal and some perhaps just watch a bit too much TV!!! Enjoy...
|"Fireball Ocean" by Charlie (Year 2)|
|"Starry Night" by Eve (Year 1)|
|"Circle of Life" by Ashley (Year 2)|
|"Moonlight" by Eloise (Year 2)|
|"Solar System" by Gabe (Year 2)|
|"Colour World" by Dora (Year 2)|
|"Dark Claw" by Rohan (Year 1)|
|"Multicoloured Beach" by Marlo (Year 2)|
|"Clever Art" by Nive (Year 1)|
|"Waterlily" by Liliana (Year 2)|
|"The Goat" by Sebaga (Year 2)|