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.

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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

Grade 7 – Pierneef landscapes

Hendrik Pierneef was an old master of South African art who has fallen into some disrepute in recent years. I thought the grade 7s would appreciate his interesting way of stylizing the landscape so that it almost looked cartoony though.

The learners began by drawing the basic shapes of their landscape using pencil. They then took a black crayon to go over the pencil lines with. Finally they used water colour paints to add colour to their landscapes!

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.