The 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.
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.
If you ask most learners what a sculpture is, they will describe a traditional fully fledged, 3D model! The problem with making this sort of a sculpture in schools is that if learners don’t follow the methods for joining clay exactly, their sculptures will begin to disintegrate when they dry.
For this reason, as well as for some variety, we looked at relief sculptures with the grade 4s. The lesson began by giving the learners a sheet with pictures of relief sculptures so they would understand what relief sculpture looks like. They then chose a picture of an animal from a small selection that I had cut out of magazines. We then got down to the work at hand!
After trying to kneed any air bubbles out of our lump of clay, we made it into a square which we flattened out a bit with the palm of our hand. Our base now ready, we used a toothpick to draw a boarder and then within this border we sketched our animal. We then used little sticks and our fingers to push clay back around our animal so that it stood out. Finally we did small designs around the border.
The next lesson the class painted their now dry sculpture. The final pieces came out very well!
Still life’s have long been a staple for artists looking to hone their craft. What better tool and subject matter for the children to practice then?
Walking into the art class, The kids were confronted with a very strange collection of objects grouped together on a chair and table: There were bottles; next to Christmas tinsel; next to past grade 3 projects! They soon learned that this was called a still life (a collection of still objects which an artist arranges and then ‘draws’) and that this strange still life would be the subject of their next art piece.
The learners did a very basic sketch of the still life using pencil. They then filled this in with oil pastels. The very bright colors are from those learners that used metallic/fluorescent pastels which are always loved by the kids!
The colorful still life now done, the learners were asked to make their own designerly background using black kokis. You’ll see that some of the learners went beyond this media but in many cases this resulted in a pleasant surprise!
It was the week before valentines day. Special events like valentines come around once a year and cannot be wasted! The learners (especially the young ones) love to make cards for their parents and friends! I like to mix it up a bit though.
I took my class outside and gave them about 5 minutes to collect material! We then trouped back into the classroom and started making valentines! I had various colored pieces of paper as well as kokis etc, how the kids used them was up to them! I’ve included some of the cards but their were many beautiful ones. I no doubt there were many happy parents on that valentines day.