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.
The theme for the end of the year celebration last year was the book, “Oh the places you’ll go!”, by Dr Seuss. I got all my classes involved in decorating! I decided that my grade 7s could take a quote from the book and design a cool, Dr Seuss like page for it. This was my example for them.
This was another idea for an adult art class. We took a photo we liked from a holiday we had been on. We tore bits out of newspapers and used these to build up a tonal base for the artwork. I used school glue mixed with water and painted it under and over all the layers so that it was very firm (almost like decopage). We then went over this permanent markers and acrylic paint.
Here is my one. I added one or two more things to it but this is basically what it looked like. 🙂
Also for an adult class, taken from one of my primary school classes. We watched a little narrated reading of the book called “The dot”. It’s a story about a little girl who thinks she can’t do art. She angrily puts a dot on her page which she hands in. Her teacher asks her to sign it and then puts it up on the wall. The girl knows she can do much better so she starts making beautiful, expressive dots! She gets known for it.