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 did this in preparation for a project with the grade 5s. I focused on hot and cold colours and their contrast.
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!
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…
Practice for a class I did on “Where the wild things are”. The kids would have to come up with a new wild thing by combining different creatures.
I did this sketch while my grade 7s were doing a project on the artist, Keith Haring. It was very fun! I took the photo on my phone and it was somewhat blown out in parts but gives the idea. 🙂
I had done a project with the grade 5s last year where it was focused on drawing the parts of the face, the eye in particular. The work that the learners produced was amazing! This emotion exercise above was for when they finished. They had to draw themselves showing at least 6 different emotions! This was my example I made to show them.
This was done in preperation for a nice project I did with my grade 3s. We began by learning about the colours before choosing 3 and doing the abstract background in paint. I then played a game like pictionary on the board where I just drew the outline. Through this I tought them about silhouettes. They had to imagine they were on a journey. They needed to include their vehicle, where they were going and what would be there to greet them.
For mine I sailed on a boat to an island and I was met by a hippopota-moose!
This was done in preperation for a school project with my grade 4s. They loved it! I began by teaching them about silhouettes and explaining what a Mandala is. I then gave them an outline of an elephant. They had to stick this onto cardboard and cut it out. They were given a page full of examples of elephant mandalas and were asked to decorate their elephants! They had to include an eye and an ear.
Most of the art I do now days starts with an idea for a lesson I could teach. This started with a project I wanted to lead my adult class in. It was started by spraying a piece of white triplex paper/mounting board with water. I then dripped a few drops of Teddy Dye onto the wet paper, turning the page as I did so. This gives a very cool, abstract background. I was doing a still life at the time with my grade 7s, where they had to draw an arrangement of Fynbos. Fortunately this gave me a protea flower to draw! I drew this, first in pencil and the using fineliner. I then cut it out and stuck it onto the colourful background. I loved this project and plan to make a much bigger one!