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:




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 Olivia
By Riho

By Clara

By Amy

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 ?

By ?

By Olivia
By Nicole

By Leon
2BD Artworks

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Rainy Day Wax Resist Portraits- Grade 2

Lesson Background:

Lots of rainy weather and the need for a fun activity after a very busy term lead to this fun art lesson.  I got the idea from this great blog:

Lesson Materials:

1 sheet white A3 art paper
Watercolour paints
A white oil pastel
Coloured markers/textas or coloured pencils
An umbrella template or paper to draw your own
Glue stick
A photo holding an umbrella handle or something similar (we used a piece of card cut out to look like one)

Lesson Steps:

1.  Using the white oil pastel (and perhaps drawing lightly in lead pencil first), draw a thick horizon line across the middle of the page or thereabouts.
2.  Draw a rainbow on one side of the page using the pastel.  Make sure the sections are a finger-width apart so there is room to colour them in.
3.  Also using the oil pastel, draw in rain all over the page and swirly oval-shaped puddles on the ground.
4.   Using textas or coloured pencils, colour in the rainbow. 
5.  Paint the background with blue, navy, grey and/or black to create a stormy, rainy day sky and puddles.  The wax should resist the watercolour paint and show through.  If it doesn't, the pastel lines may need to be thicker or the paint more watery.
4.  Use the textas or coloured pencils to colour or decorate the umbrella drawing/stencil.
5.  Cut out the photo including the umbrella handle.  When the painting is dry, stick it on and paste the umbrella on top.

More Grade 2 Artworks:




Saturday, 1 April 2017

Easter Egg Potato Printing

By Charlie (age 3)
My own kids were in need of some creative stimulation this week, so I came up with this little Easter craft activity for them, and they had a blast!

Lesson Materials

A baby potato with about 1/3 cut off the end
Cotton buds
Acrylic paint in big splodges on a plate or palette
Paper towel (to wipe the potato clean before using a different colour)

Lesson Steps

1.  Kids place the potato (flat end) into a colour they like and stamp it on their paper.  Each time they want to change colour, wipe it clean with paper towel, or else have a different potato for each colour of paint.
2.  Dip a cotton bud in a colour different to the colour of the potato print (preferably choose contrasting colours) and use it to do little dots and/or patterns on the print.
3.  Cover your paper this way until done. 
4.  Use the paper to make Easter cards, bookmarks, etc. or just frame or back it as-is!


By Charlie (age 3)

Annie having a go (13 months)


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Charcoal Landscapes

By Owen (Year2)

 Lesson Background:
2BD has been learning about how life has changed in the past 100 years, particularly focussing on our local area.

Lesson Materials:
Photos and artworks showing the local landscape 100 years ago
Art paper
Charcoal (I like to use the cheap synthetic charcoal sticks with young students, as they don't break as easily as more expensive willow)

Lesson Steps:
1. We broke the artwork we were using as inspiration up into segments- drawing in first the horizon line, then the largest features first, such as mountains and the large gumtree in the foreground.
2.  We then added smaller details.
3.  We talked about shadow and light, and talked about where (& why) they would be positioned in the picture.  We also talked a lot about not drawing things the way we THINK they look, but actually looking at things in detail.  Not drawing "broccoli trees" got talked about a lot! ;)

Year 2 Student Artworks: