Thursday, 16 February 2017

Cats K7

 Gretchen's lesson
5 - 6 year olds

Observational drawings with the aide of the magnifying glass.

The lesson took a similar format as the two previous lessons this week, focusing on cats as predators of our wildlife and how we can make a difference.
We used the beautifully simple cat drawings of Laurel Burch as a starting point.

The children added colour using concentrated dye, remembering to allow colours to dry before putting other colours close. All the cats have a little silver bell to warn the birds.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Cats with bells. R9

Gretchen's lesson
7-8 year olds

This lesson is a continuation of the 'Predator Free Neighbourhoods' focus.
The children discussed how cats could be controlled. They all understood that our wildlife is a target for our domestic cats. A little bell was a popular option.

I showed the children the art of Laurel Burch. I broke down steps to create a cat in her style. They loved the ease in creating cats. They practiced side on, front on and sitting cats.

They created families of cats and added exciting colour using oil pastels. To keep the art bright, they added concentrated dye using cotton buds.

The final step was to add metallic silver paint to the little bells around the cats necks.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Giving the birds a chance. K6

 Gretchen's lesson.
5 year olds.
Cat with a bell on a fence at night.

 Observational drawing warm ups.
Dye over the wax crayon cats
Dye over a crumpled background.

I read the children a story about a cat and started a conversation about cats at night. The children talked about their own cats or grandparents cats. I tried to get them to work out how we can stop cats from catching our native birds. Their ideas included letting their cat live in a cage, locking the cat door and keeping them inside during the night. But someone decided cats might catch birds during the day too.

I introduced the idea of putting a bell around their necks. This would give the birds prior warning and a chance to fly away.

 Look closely and you will see the little bell the children made out of foil.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Wasps R9

Gretchen's lesson

I began a discussion about wasps. their habits, positive and negative. Wasps have been introduced to NZ and cause problems. They kill native insects, can sting multiple times, are aggressive and are growing in numbers as they have no enemies. My goal was to teach the children the visual and behavioural differences between wasps and honey bees.

I gave the children photos of honey bees and they made an observational drawing of them. We had a break as we had a reading session to attend.
Once back in the art room, I gave children photos of wasps and asked them to make an observational drawing of them. We discussed the visual differences.
They have different patterning, bees are fat and wasps are thin, bees are hairy and wasps are relatively smooth.
They presented the two drawings with written differences .

 The children used crayons to make a larger image of a wasp. They cut them out and stuck them onto one of two large wasp hives that a few early finishers had prepared.
They wrote accompanying text. "How do you feel about wasps, or what facts do you recall about wasps?"

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Surreal rooms Jacqui and Jarryds GG

Carrie's lesson
Alice and I worked together with two classes (8-10 yr olds)

We introduced the students to Dali and Magritte, two well known Surrealists, looking at how they played with scale, distorted images and used humour.

The first challenge was to draw a room using one point perspective and include some furniture or windows. Some found this very hard, but with help from classmates and teachers, everyone succeeded and went on to either paint or colour with pencil.

The second challenge saw them looking through magazines for images that said something about themselves; likes, hobbies, heros, sports etc. After this they had to select and arrange the images in their rooms in an interesting way.

They certainly managed to incorporate humour into their work, many were very bizarre or funny!

At the start of the day, the class did observational drawings of Wandering Willy
 (a problem weed in NZ) and the results were fantastic. 
Here's a few that showed the 3D quality and had good attention to detail.


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