Grade 3 – Castle in the clouds

5I have used this project a few times as I enjoy what the kids come up with. I tell the story of jack and the beanstalk and ask the kids to imagine what it must have been like if they were Jack. I ask them to close their eyes and see as their heads break through the clouds and they see this enormous castle!

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They then have to draw the castle, the beanstalk, themselves and anything else they would like in the scene. We used some black crayon to outline ourselves as well as the castle. We then used water colour paint to add colour!

I showed them how to wet the paper first for the clouds and then add the watercolour to make a beautiful, diffused colour that works great for things like clouds. We then used water colour on dry paper for the detailed spots.

Grade 5 – Rolled up action figures!

I got this idea from an artwork I saw at the Eisteddfod art competition 2 years ago. Their one was a simple one showing figures made out of rolled up newspaper doing the Olympic events. I thought we could take that to the next level!

I found a video of a person pretending to be the character from assassins creed and doing some pretty amazing parkour through the streets of his city. I then explained to the class how a person in a dynamic position would look. I showed them how diagonal lines have more movement then vertical or horizontal ones.

They then had to create their scene! The learners had a lot of freedom in the scene they chose to create. This meant that some of the learners to a fairly long time to get on to actually working on the project at hand but it resulted in a great diversity in the art that was eventually handed in.

The learners had to create their person out of rolled up pieces of magazine paper. They could decorate the background in any way they wanted but I found that relying more on collage resulted in a more interesting artwork in the end and next time I do this project I will include this in the project instructions.

Grade 5 – 3D Pixel Pokemon

This was a very nice project and the kids really enjoyed it! They were asked to first create their own, unique Pokemon. They were then given a piece of mathematical paper (with a grid) and told to lightly draw their pokemon on this paper in pencil.

They were then shown how to transform this organic shape into one made out of square pixels. Once they had done this they were told how to make these pixels ‘3D’. They had to draw a line from each corner going diagonally left and up to the next corner of their grid paper (but not going through their Pokemon!) Once they had all of these corner bits done, they could link the corners with a line. It took a little explaining to get this process going but, once I had shown them an example or two of me doing it, the learners got it! I loved their creations!

Grade 4 – Peter Clarke Collage

01The grade 4 learners were introduced to British artist, Peter Clarke. Clarke creates artworks primarily of animals by building an image out of cut and torn pieces of magazines, newspapers, maps and other found material.clark_swissmiss.jpg

The grade 4s had to begin by choosing an animal (there were reference pictures of many different animals available). They then had to begin by drawing the base shape of their animal onto a piece of newspaper and cut it out. Onto this they could build up colours and textures using other, cut or torn, pieces of paper. Finally they could add extra detail using kokis.

Grade 4 – Where the wild things are!

02“Where the wild things are” is a well known book by Maurice Sednak. It’s a beautifully illustrated story about a little boy who is misbehaving and so gets sent to his room where he travels in his own imagination to a land of giant, horrendous, beautifully drawn creatures. I got this idea for the project from The lost sock.

The learners began by watching a youtube narrated telling of the book where the illustrations were shown. We then looked at the illustrations in closer detail. It was easy to see that the illustrator had combined different animals to make the new beasties.

Learners first had to write the names of 9 different animals they liked and then try and combine them in 3 different concept sketches of 3 different creatures!

We then looked at textures and how to create them using pencil crayons. The learners were encouraged to use a lighter colour (such as yellow) as the base and a darker colour (such as orange) for the textures. I loved this as many of the resulting pictures had far more life then what I had seen before.

Finally they drew their final creature on an A3 paper. I hadn’t planned on making a background as well but the learners did and it definitely added a lot! So we went with that… 😛

Grade 5 – Collagraph

Collagraphing is a printing process where an artist sticks various things onto a flat plate and then uses this (now bumpy plate) to print from.

Our grade 5s were asked to first do a creative excercize around the idea of “Adventure is out there!” They first did a random association excercise where they had to come up with related concepts before doing a brainstorm. From these, they came up with an idea for their final image.

They each got a small block of cardboard where they drew their idea in pencil. Taking extra cardboard they cut out some of their idea and built it onto the initial board so that it stuck out. We then went outside and looked for other things to stick onto our boards. Some of the learners boards looked like an artwork in themselves!

We then used tempera paint to ‘ink’ them up and printed from them! Though the prints often don’t come out as the learners expected them to, they were very beautiful. We all really enjoyed this project. I kept a few of the inked up printing plates as they looked very cool themselves! Initially we just used one colour and painted only those bits we had stuck on but found that painting different sections in different colours also looks cool and painting the entire base board can also look nice!