The Easter Bunny is a very Euro-centric idea. A bunny would not last long in the African veld. This is a thought I shared with my grade 6s. I told them that it is about time that we came up with a new, African, Easter animal. I then introduced the learners to Franz Marc, a German expressionist artist who would paint various animals in crazy colours, according to how he was feeling. Below is my new idea for an African Easter animal, the Easter Warthog. 🙂
I read a little article in a magazine about a ‘zombie marriage’. One where the relationship between the two partners is for all intents and purposes, dead. It is quite a horrible thought. I tried to draw what a ‘zombie marriage’ might look like. 😉
The book “Drawing from the right side of the brain” by Betty Edwards is packed full of exercises that enable artists to use the right side of the brain (the creative side) in their art. One such exercise is drawing a picture that is upside down. You start to really observe rather than use your short hand techniques. This is my own upside down drawing! 🙂 I plan to colour it in in the future.
This was in preparation for an art project I did with the grade 7s. I found this very fun project online here. It was a very fun project that even those kids who struggle with realistic drawing could do well at!
To celebrate the Chinese New Year with my kids I decided to make a Chinese dragon with my grade 6s. It was a really nice project and the kids loved it! I could have done this project with younger kids though as the 12 year old’s didn’t really appreciate how cool it was…:)
I was going to be doing a project with the grade 7s on South African artist, Peter Clarke. In my google lead research, I discovered another British Peter Clarke who was also an artist! He works primarily in collage and I really liked his stuff! I decided to do an art project based around Clarke (British Clarke) with my grade 4s! Here is my own example I could show them.
I did this in preparation for a project with the grade 5s. I focused on hot and cold colours and their contrast.