I discovered this amazing architect and artist the other day while looking at what I could teach the grade 6s. Originally from Austria, he later moved to New Zealand. Unfortunately he is now no longer with us. His beautiful creations are however! And hopefully will be! Hundertwasser’s fantastical designs remind me of Gaudi in the way that they appear to go against the natural laws of nature! This was a very quick picture I did, just to show the learners in my class how the end artwork might look.
Chuck Close is an American artist with an amazing story! He went through SO much in his life and overcame to become a well known, quadriplegic, portrait artist. He did not let his disabilities stop him from following his dream! This is a message which I felt was important for the grade 6 learners to hear.
We began by studying Close’s method of dividing a picture into a grid, which is then replicated but enlarged onto the canvas. The artist then copies the picture block by block. By focusing on the picture, block by block, the artist is able to more realistically reproduce it. We also used the grid for creative purposes however.
I found this idea online a while ago and I was itching to try it! You take a small piece of card and draw a simple landscape (or whatever you want) on it. You then take play dough (the school I work at is in the fortunate position to have some store bought play dough though you can make as well) and using earbuds and your fingers you smear the dough over your page. You can then take sticks and scratch into it. It’s far from a perfect media but very fun and we all loved it!
This was a project I did with the grade 5s. I started out by showing them a video of somebody dressed up as the character from Assasin’s creed doing parkour through a city. I then looked at what a person in action or movement looks like. Finally they had to create a figure in action using rolled up magazines as the different segments and finding a face in a a magazine. They could also make a background using whatever they liked. This is my own example.
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. 🙂
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! 😦
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. 🙂
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.