Grade 4 – Still life

Fun still life with the Grade 4s. We used crayons/oil pastels for the foreground elements and black and white crayon for the background.

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Grade 5 – Charcoal Perspective

Perspective is a tough thing to teach. This is in part because of all the different ways that an artist can use to show depth in a picture. One of these ways is atmospheric perspective. This is the way that things loose contrast and clarity over distance.

In this project the grade 5s had to achieve atmospheric perspective using charcoal. The learners loved working with the messy medium! The learners had to have a moon somewhere in the background. They could use chalk pastel to give this moon some colour. They greyed out the sky using willow stick charcoal and sketched in the foreground figure as well as mid ground details (if any).

They then made the figures in the front as dark as possible using compressed charcoal. We loved this project! I would have loved to have more of the images to show as they all turned out beautifully!

Dragon eyes

Some more dragon eyes from the grade 5s! I did this project a few years ago and really enjoyed it. The learners were pushed to recreate the dragon’s scaly texture as well as being taught about the mechanics of an eye.

We drew it first in pencil with shading. Over this we used water colour. Finally we used fineliner to add to the contrast in essential areas.

Grade 5 – Tortoises

Tortoises are such useful animals…From an art teaching point of view that is. Their patterned shells and scaly skins are wonderful implements for teaching learners about texture and pattern!

This project was a very simple one that I found in Santam’s creative art manual. After studying and discussing various images of tortoises, the learners had to draw a tortoise using stick and ink. They could not start in pencil. This was a bit of a challenge for them as they usually start off with the very forgivable medium of pencil.

They had to include such things as the scaly texture on the legs and patterns on the shell. They then took a watered down ink and used brushes to give their tortoises a variety of greys.

Finally they took oil pastel to create a beautiful and interesting background scene. I told them that I didn’t just want grass and sky but to use their imaginations and surprise me!

Grade 5 – Hundertwasser

0201Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an Austrian architect and artist that I discovered earlier this year. I absolutely love his creations! There is a definite magical sense about them which reminds me of Gaudi. He was very eccentric who abhorred straight lines and dull colours.06I discovered a nice art project on a faithful attempt blog site. I started by giving each learner an A2 page which was cut in half longways so that what they had was an extra long piece of paper! They first did a rough draft on a piece of newsprint paper. They then drew a whole city of Hundertwasser buildings on a whimsical landscape using a pencil. This complete, I mixed black ink with school craft glue and they used a cocktail stick to draw this over the lines. It was a very laborious process but it meant that the lines were raised a bit for the next step.

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The next step saw the learners colouring their pictures in using water colour paints. As an extra emphasis I allowed my learners to finish it off with some brightly coloured tempera paints. This definitely added quite a lot!05