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:

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Charlotte's Web Oil Pastel Piglets

LEFT: By Leon (Grade 2)                                             RIGHT: By Alex S. (Grade 2)

Lesson Background:  This term, we are learning to write narratives.  We are reading "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White as a means of exploring effective narrative writing structures, tricks and techniques.

Lesson Materials (per student):
1 sheet A4 black cardboard
1 lead pencil
coloured oil pastels (pink, red, white, black, greens, blues)

Lesson Steps:
1.  We looked at some pictures of piglets and read the opening chapter to "Charlotte's Web".
2.  Mrs Baker showed us step-by-step how to go about drawing, colouring, then outlining our pictures, focusing on spacing (e.g. this is half way down the page, and 3 finger-spaces wide), and adding different shades to make our pictures more realistic.

Grade 2 Artworks:

By Clara

By Harris

By Mayar

By Isidore

By Jordan

By Sari

By Olivia

By Louis
By John

By Cole

Aboriginal Dingo Art

By Emily (Grade 2)

We read the classic Aussie picture book, "Wombat Stew" at the end of last term, and wrote our own procedure for a bush recipe.  To follow on from this, our school's amazing arts teacher, Ms Reeve, created these beautiful Indigenous-inspired artworks with my class... aren't they stunning?!

Some more Grade 2 artworks:


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Grade 2 Soft Pastel Mixtures

2BD soft pastel drawings- Well done, guys!

Lesson Background:
Our class has started a new Science unit on mixtures.  To tie in with this learning, we experimented further with light and shade by creating these soft pastel drawings showing glass bottles.

Lesson Materials (per student): Written by 2BD)
1 lead pencil
soft  pastels
1 sheet of A4 black paper
Fixative (or hairspray)

Lesson Steps: (Written by 2BD)
1.  Look at pictures of glass bottles filled with mixtures.
2.  Draw the bottle in the middle of the paper, following step-by-step instructions from the teacher.
3.  Draw the line of the table in the background, going across the page.
4.  Draw in the line showing how high your mixture fills the bottle.
5.  Choose 2 colours where one is a darker version of the other (e.g. orange and red, or light and dark blue).
6.  Turn the light pastel on its side and colour in the mixture.
7.  Use the darker pastel to colour in some shadows inside the mixture.
8.  Choose a contrasting colour and colour in the table top,
9.  Use the white soft pastel to outline the bottle and draw in reflections.
10.  Use a black pastel to draw in a oval-shaped shadow on the bottom right side of the bottle.
11.  Spray with fixative or hairspray to stop it smudging so much.
12.  Admire your picture (by Clara).

Student Artworks:

By Harris

By Isidore
By Alex S

By Clara
By Riho

By Olivia

By Amy
By Elise

By Cole

By Emily

By Sari

By Alex B

Saturday, 29 April 2017

ANZAC Day Picasso Poppies

By Emily
Lesson Background:
This week we learnt about ANZAC Day by having class discussions and reading some picture books (we particularly loved the gorgeous picture book, ANZAC Biscuits by Phil Cummings, which not only had beautiful illustrations, but had some very clever comparing and contrasting, and a stunning use of figurative and sensory language).  We tried an ANZAC biscuit, talked about our own ANZAC Day experiences and why we remember world wars, and looked at the symbolism of red poppies on ANZAC Day.  I then introduced the children to Picasso's famous colour lithograph "Bouquet of Peace", 1958, and we discussed the symbolism of the artwork.  The students at first struggled to see why it was such a clever and admired artwork... "Did he make that when he was a kid, cos it looks like a kid did it!"... but by the end of our discussion I think I had converted at least a couple of them! ;)

Lesson Materials: (per student)
1 sheet of A4 white paper with the text "We will remember them" (I made this myself)
Black sharpie marker
Some squares of red, light green, and dark green tissue paper
A glue stick
A tea bag soaking in a cup of boiling water (cooled down in time for use!)

Lesson Steps:
1.  Students held their non-writing arm up and pretended they were gripping a bunch of flowers.  They then lay it down flat on their paper and traced around it with a lead pencil.  Some students needed help with this.  Students could also trace a friend's hand to make this step easier.
2.  Students then draw in stems (I had to explicitly show and explain where and why the stems would go).
3.  Students trace over their lead pencil drawing with the black sharpie marker.
4.  Students use scissors to cut out a simple (no need to be neat or intricate) flower shape in a small pile of red tissue paper.  Then in another small pile of red tissue paper, cut out the same shape but a little smaller.
5.  After looking a photos of red poppies on the IWB, students put glue at the top of each stem, took a large flower shape, cinched it in the middle and then squashed it down on the glue, pressing in the centre so that the sides of the flower petals stuck out.  They then did the same thing with a smaller red flower shape in the middle of the larger one.  
6.  Inside each double-petalled flower, students drew a black dot centre.
7.  Students tore or cut (their choice) out green leaves and stuck them onto the stems, and used the black sharpie marker to draw the leaf veins in.
8.  Finally, students squeezed their teabag into the cup it was sitting in so there were no big drips left, then dabbed it all over their artwork to create an aged effect.

Grade 2 Student Artworks:
By Clara

By Alex S

By ?

By Cole

By ?

By Olivia
By Nicole

By Leon
2BD Artworks