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

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Grade 6 – 2D – 3D architecture

I got this project from the Santam art teachers manual. The lesson began with a look at architecture from around the world and a discussion around the different forms. The learners then chose a culture they liked best (out of a selection of about 5) and began designing their buildings.

The end result they were going for was a pop up artwork where the learner created 3 main buildings which popped off a flat but beautiful landscape. This years grade 6 group is very creative and always do something which surprises me.

Grade 7 – Architecture project

20160223_081438Last term was a fairly short one for us in the Grade 7 art department. Various events saw us having to miss a few art periods. We focused the whole term on just one project, and it was a big one!

The learners were first introduced to architecture as well as Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi was an amazing architect whose work almost merged fantasy with reality. I thought the learners would like him to.

The idea for the project came from a page http://www.flwright.org/ . For a while it had an online 3D ‘game’ where you were guided through the process of choosing a client and designing a house to meet that clients needs.

Our project began with three of the learners introducing three made up clients: A hippy mom with lots of children, a celebrity chef and a Oxford scholar. They had to choose one of these clients and start designing a house for them.

The practical outcomes of the project were a floor plan of the building done on Sketchbook (A program made by Autodesk); a visualization drawing of what the final building might look like from the outside; and a 3D model of the final building.

I didn’t know what to expect from the learners but what I got blew me away! They really enjoyed the project and their work showed it! A few made smaller but very well made buildings from clay while others incorporated recycled materials and made much larger models. The houses that were produced were of a very high quality as well as being creative and tailored for the clients needs!