Creative excersize

This is the first project I was given by my favourite, High School, art teacher… Or my own version of it anyway. The learners are given a piece of paper with one random thing drawn at the top and a completely different thing at the bottom. My teacher told us to “Take our mind on a walk” as we join the two disparate images into one, cohesive whole. We were encouraged to think differently! I prepared this page for an extra art class I give. In this one, I attempted to join the to halves in a way that is meaningful to me. 🙂DSC_0095

Romero Britto artwork

While exploring ideas for mother’s day, I stumbled across a Brazilian artist named Romero Britto. He is an amazing artist that uses bright colours in a style that is almost like stained glass windows. He paints warm, happy scenes.

This is my own take on Britto that I made in preparation for a class I did with my grade 5s. It was done on a wooden board. We started by painting the wood white. We did the design on paper first and then transferred it to the white wood. We then painted it with acrylic paint and went over the lines with permanent marker.

I used acrylic paint for everything except the white under painting. I used tempera paint for this…bad mistake! Some of the tempera has since flaked off! 😦DSC_0091

An autobiography…in 50 years time

I asked my grade 4 learners to imagine they were 50 years older (so around 60) and they had lived the most amazing life imaginable! They had done exactly what they wanted to do!

I asked them to think of what they had done. I then explained what an autobiography is. They had to imagine that they had written an autobiography for their amazing life! They had to come up with a title, they had to write a little blurb on what the book is about and they could write a few imaginary critic responses to their book. They also had to decorate their book cover by integrating pictures!

This is my autobiography, “Walking on the moon”, written by the 80 year old me. It chronicles the episode in my future life where I traveled to the moon and met an alien named Hank.

More Dr Seuss stuff!

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I got my grade 3s to design their own Dr Seuss like character. I showed them how he kind of took an existing creature and then changed it. I took a bat and made this guy. 🙂 The school had big bins that were being used to hold plans that they were going to throw away. My grade 3s and I took the bins, covered them with paper mache, painted their rims and legs and placed them around the entrance to the hall. We then put cocktail sticks on our creatures and stuck them into the bins!

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My grade 5s had to come up with what their dream was and then draw this on either a black piece of paper (like the one above) or a white piece of paper. I was ‘kind of’ joking  when I said it was my dream to be a king…Kind of…