Saturday, 21 February 2015

Climate Soft Pastel Drawings

By Hanser
Lesson Background:

My Year 5 class is currently studying a unit called "SURVIVAL", involving both climate change and 1800s Australian colonies.  We created these artworks to show what early Australian settlers would have found as they made their way inland- hot, dry, harsh conditions, making it difficult to SURVIVE.  We also made drawings of icebergs and ice floes to highlight the difficulty the human race will have to SURVIVE in the future as the earth warms, ice melts and seas rise.

Lesson Materials (per student):  Written by Paris
  • 1 black A3 piece of paper
  • some chalk pastels for cool artwork:
  • white, different shades of blue e.g navy, turquoise etc
  • For warm artwork:
  •  red, yellow, orange, dark blue and black.

Lesson Steps:  Written by Paris
For cool artwork:
1: Draw a horizon line about five centimetres from the bottom of the page.
2: Draw an outline of an iceberg in lead pencil softly so you don't see it when you overlap it. Use different shapes.
3: Once you have finished the outline, with a white pastel, trace your outline
4: Colour in your iceberg with different colours, overlapping each other.
5: Shade the space where the sky would be. Do the same with the sea. Make sure they are very dark to simulate the artic.
For warm artwork:
1: Draw the horizon line about five centimetres from the bottom of the page.
2: Draw three mountains overlapping each other in lead pencil softly.
3: Shade the mountains blue.
4: Draw the sun with yellow pastel.
5: Colour the sun and draw some lines around the sun, again with lead pencil.
6: Using alternaite colours, colour the lines with yellow, red and orange.
7: Draw a shine on one side of the mountains, depending on where you put the sun. If you put the sun on the right side, draw the shine on the right side and visa versa.
8: Outline everything with a black pastel.  

Year 5 Student Artworks:

Year 5 Artworks

By Ryan

By Maddy

By Mackenzie

By Hanser

By Paris

By ?

By Miranda

By Ari

By Mina

By ?

By Keziah

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Thinking & Imagining Self Portraits

I particularly love the infusion of Aboriginal and Canadian heritage in this artwork.  Great job!

Lesson Background:

Well, after a wonderful year off to look after my baby boy, I now find myself back in the busy exciting creativity of school again!  This year I am teaching a Year 5 class and they are a fantastic bunch of kids.  To start the new school year off we made these self-portraits.  The students were asked to show me what they've been thinking about and imagining, and to make their self-portrait artworks tell me about who they are.

Lesson Materials (per student):

  • Photos of the students in a 'thinking pose' printed onto A4 paper and cut out (my students did this themselves)
  • 1 sheet of A3 art paper (watercolour if possible)
  • Watercolour paints (we used watercolour discs)
  • Water containers
  • Newspaper or covering to keep the tables clean
  • A glue-stick
  • 1 small fine paintbrush
  • 1 thick paintbrush
  • 1 black permanent marker

Lesson Steps:

1.  We looked at some sample artworks from some other blogs:
2.  We discussed what shapes, images, colours, lines and techniques (such as shading) looked most effective.
3.  We stuck our photo on the bottom corner of the A3 paper. 
4.  We used a black sharpie (permanent marker) to start drawing patterns, pictures, symbols and words that helped to represent ourselves.
5.  We coloured images in bright watercolour paints.
6.  Some of us chose to paint the background as well. 
7.  When dry, we went over the black marker in any places where the paint had covered the black marker.
Year 5, I am super impressed at your first artworks of the year!  Next time, I'll start to teach you how to create these blog posts yourselves.  Well done, 5B!

Year 5 Artworks: