July 29

GRADE 2 WEEK 4 TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

GRADE 2 WEEK 4 TERM 3

REMOTE LEARNING 2020

3rd August 2020 – 7th August 2020

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

 

Hello to all my Grade 2 students from Cambridge Primary School and whoever else might be reading this post.

This is week 4 of Term 3 2020 and all my Grade 2 students are remote learning at home!

We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning about the English artist David Hockney and his paintings of water and swimming pools!

  • For students to explore the artworks of English artist David Hockney.

  • For students to experiment and explore drawing  their body moving in water.

  • To introduce the instructions for the Specialist Rich Task.

  • To revise the audio function on my blog post.

  • To read along with Mrs Menhennet as she reads the blog post aloud.

 

  • I can view and think about the artworks of David Hockney.

  • I can experiment and explore drawing my body moving in water.

  • I understand the instructions for the Specialist Rich Task.

  • I can play the audio function  on the blog post and read along with Mrs Menhennet.

Let’s get started!

In Week 2 I asked you to draw yourself swimming in water.

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Last week (week 3) I asked you to draw yourself swimming in water again but I wanted you to try to improve on your drawing from week 2.

 

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 42

Some artists might have improved the way they drew hair moving in water or put bends in elbows or knees. I have made folders on your grade’s edmodo page for you to upload photos of your drawings for Week 2 and Week 3. These photos are evidence that you have completed this work.

Here are the Instructions for the Specialists Rich Task.

This Rich Task will require some thinking and some organising. You will need lots of time to complete it. So the Grade 2 Rich Task should be uploaded to your grade’s Edmodo folder by the end of WEEK 6!

For this Specialists Rich Task you will  –

CREATE YOURSELF SWIMMING IN WATER.

  • How does the water and the motion of swimming affect your body?

  • How does the water and motion of swimming affect your hair?

  • How will you create the water?

  • Label the body parts of yourself in Italian and English.

  • Find out what the word for water is in Italian.

  • Use digital technologies to enhance your work. You might use a creative app or take photos of your rich task as you create it or make a video explaining how you created your rich task, etc, etc.

  • What will you use to create this artwork?

For the last two weeks you might have used pencils or crayons or textas to PRACTICE drawing yourself swimming in water.

Now, in creating this Rich Task, you need to think about what else you might use to create yourself swimming in water.

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In the past, in the art room, my students have created themselves swimming in water like this.

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 1This artwork involved  –

  • Using colourful oil pastels to create their body swimming in water. Don’t forget your bathers!

  • Drawing their swimming body nice and large to fill the space on the paper. (If I wanted you to draw your swimming body really, really small I would tell you to create your art work on a tiny post it note!) DRAW BIG!

  • Using white oil pastel to draw wiggly lines in the water.

  • Using a blue wash of paint (blue paint or blue food dye with water in it) to paint over the white wiggly oil pastel lines.

  • Drawing or painting water is a challenge. The water is always moving. There are reflections in the water. The water moves and distorts the image of whatever is under the water. The water moves and distorts the image it is reflecting.

In this time of remote learning, as artists,  we are not working in the art room.

In this time of remote learning, as artists, we all have to adapt  and change to creating at home.

So you won’t be able to create your body swimming in water in exactly the same way that it has been made before.  And that really doesn’t matter. You will all be brilliantly creative artists at home!

So I am giving you  lots of CHOICE with how you create yourself swimming in water. I also want you to USE MORE THAN ONE ART MATERIAL OR WAY OF CREATING when you are making your rich task.

So perhaps you will draw with oil pastels

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or watercolour pencils

or textas smudged with a wet  brush

or paint with a sponge

or paint with scrunched up newspaper 

will you use watercolour paint

or watered down food colouring

or use play doh

or make your own play doh or salt dough

Salt Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • I cup salt
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup hot water

Method

  1. Add salt and plain flour to a bowl gradually adding hot water. You might not need all the water!
  2. Mix together until a dough forms. Make sure it isn’t sticky.
  3. Leave your salt dough creations to air dry overnight. Then put your salt dough creations in the oven at 120 degrees Celsius for about 3 hours.
  4. When your salt dough creations are cool you can paint them. If you don’t have gloss paint and you want them to look shiny you can paint them with varnish when the paint is dry. If you don’t have any varnish just paint them with PVA glue. This will also make them nice and shiny.

or use a drawing or painting app on your ipad

or cut plain or patterned paper

or tear plain or patterned paper

or use scrap cardboard

or stuff out of the laundry basket

or other stuff

or some of those things

or all of those things

or something I haven’t even listed!

I am giving you lots and lots and lots of choice

in how you create your rich task

I am NOT telling you to go out and buy new art materials to use!

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

You need to THINK about what you already have at HOME and HOW you can use it.

 

Don’t forget to ask permission to pull stuff out of cupboards to use, or to make salt dough, or things like that.

And because this is a rich task you also need to

  • Label the body parts of yourself in Italian and English.

  • Find out what the word for water is in Italian.

  • Use digital technologies to enhance your work. You might use a creative app or take photos of your rich task as you create it or make a video explaining how you created your rich task, etc, etc.

· And, of course, tidy up after you have created!!!

I cannot wait to see your rich tasks inspired by David Hockney’s swimming paintings!

 

So for inspiration, before you get working, let’s look again at some of those paintings by David Hockney of swimming bodies in water.

 

All the swimmers in David Hockney’s paintings above have bent knees and bent arms. Bent knees and bent arms will help your body look like it is moving.

 

This is one of David Hockney’s Ipad drawings of a rainy night.

 

David Hockney was asked to design posters for the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. This is his beautiful artwork called the Diver. Look how he painted the water and the diver’s reflection!

 

Did you know David Hockney was  asked to paint a real swimming pool?

 

 

It is a massive swimming pool at a big hotel in California, in the USA.

These are swimming bodies that have been created by Cambridge Primary School students as well as some swimming photos at the end of the blog post.

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You have until the end of week 6 to upload your rich task,

Have fun,

Mrs Menhennet

July 29

GRADE 1 WEEK 4 TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

GRADE 1 WEEK 4 TERM 3

REMOTE LEARNING 2020

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

3rd August 2020 – 7th August 2020

Hello to all my Grade 1 students from Cambridge Primary School and whoever else might be reading this post.

This is week 4 of Term 3 2020 and all my Grade 1 students are remote learning at home!

We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning around the topic of  colour!

 

  •  To revise the order of the colours of the rainbow.

  • To read along with Mrs Menhennet as she reads the blog post aloud.

  • To introduce the instructions for the Specialists Rich Task.

  • I know the order of the colours in the rainbow.

  • I can play the audio function  on the blog post and read along with Mrs Menhennet.

  • I understand the instructions for the Specialist Rich Task.

    Let’s get started!

In Week 2 I asked you to draw a rainbow scene including the colours of the rainbow in order.

Last week (week 3) I asked you to create a rainbow from found objects.

 

I have made folders on your grade’s Class Dojo page for you to upload photos of your creations for Week 2 and Week 3. These photos are evidence that you have completed this work.

Here are the Instructions for the Specialists Rich Task.

This Rich Task will require some thinking and some organising. You will need lots of time to complete it. So the Grade 1 Rich Task should be uploaded to your grade’s ClassDojo portfolio by the end of WEEK 6!

 

For this Grade 1 Specialists Rich task, you will create a character called ROY.G.BIV.

ROY G BIV needs to have a body.

A part of  ROY.G.BIV’s body must be in RAINBOW ORDER like his name.

ROY.G.BIV’s body also needs to include at least one PATTERN

You need to label ROY.G.BIV’s body  in Italian and English.

What is  ROY.G.BIV’s  name in Italian?

Use digital technology to enhance your rich task. You might use Keynote or another creative app or other digital tools you know how to use. You might photograph or video your rich task as you create it.

What will you use to create this rich task?

In the past, in the art room, my students have created ROY G BIV like this.

This artwork involved  –

  • Drawing a large face for ROY G BIV

  • Using coloured strips of paper for his hair in ROY G BIV order

He has also been created like this.

This artwork involved  –

  • Drawing a LARGE head, neck and shoulders for ROY G BIV to fill the space on the paper. (If I wanted you to draw ROY G BIV really small I would tell you to create your rich task on a tiny post it note!) DRAW BIG!

  • Using coloured strips of paper for his hair in ROY G BIV order

  • painting different parts of his body in particular colours

  • cutting out his mouth and giving him a colourful tongue

In this time of remote learning, as artists,  we are not working in the art room.

In this time of remote learning, as artists, we all have to adapt  and change to creating at home.

So you won’t be able to create your ROY G BIV in exactly the same way that it has been made before.  And that really doesn’t matter. You will all be brilliantly creative artists at home!

So I am giving you  lots of CHOICE with how you create your ROY G BIV.

So perhaps you will draw with oil pastels or pencils or textas or crayons

or paint with a brush

or paint with  sponges

 

or print with objects

or paint with watered down food colouring

or use play doh

or make your own play doh or salt dough

Salt Dough Recipe

Ingredients

  • I cup salt
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup hot water

Method

  1. Add salt and plain flour to a bowl gradually adding hot water. You might not need all the water!
  2. Mix together until a dough forms. Make sure it isn’t sticky.
  3. Leave your salt dough creations to air dry overnight. Then put your salt dough creations in the oven at 120 degrees Celsius for about 3 hours.
  4. When your salt dough creations are cool you can paint them. If you don’t have gloss paint and you want them to look shiny you can paint them with varnish when the paint is dry. If you don’t have any varnish just paint them with PVA glue. This will also make them nice and shiny.

or use a drawing or painting app on your ipad

 

or cut plain or patterned paper

or use torn, plain or patterned paper

 

 or scrap cardboard

 

or stuff out of the laundry basket

or use lego

or make Roy G Biv out of rainbow cupcakes

 

and what about the found object rainbow from last week?

Perhaps your found object rainbow could be ROY G BIV’s body? You could add more objects to create a head, legs, arms, hands, feet and create a found object ROY G BIV?

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Imagine if the artworks below were created in rainbow colours?

So you could use some of these things

or all of these things

or something I haven’t even listed!

I am giving you lots and lots and lots of choice

in how you create your rich task

I am NOT telling you to go out and buy new art materials to use!

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

You need to THINK about what you already have at HOME and HOW you can use it.

 

Don’t forget to ask permission to pull stuff out of cupboards to use, or to make salt dough, or things like that.

· And, of course, tidy up after you have created!!!

I cannot wait to see your ROY G BIV rich task!

 

 So before you get started I think we should sing the ROY G BIV song together. I hope I can hear you!

 

Have fun,

Mrs Menhennet

 

July 29

GRADE PREP WEEK 4 TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

GRADE PREP WEEK 4 TERM 3

REMOTE LEARNING 2020

3rd August 2020 – 7th August 2020

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

 

Hello to all my Prep students from Cambridge Primary School and whoever else might be reading this post.

This is week 4 of Term 3 2020 and all my Prep students are remote learning at home!

We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning around the topic of  self portraits!

In week 2 I asked you to draw a self portrait after watching a video.

And last week (week 3) I asked you to draw a monochromatic self portrait after watching another video.

I have made folders on your grade’s Class Dojo  or Seesaw page for you to upload photos of your self portraits for Week 2 and Week 3. These photos are evidence that you have completed this work.

Here are the instructions for the Prep Specialists Rich Task.

This Rich Task will require some thinking and some organising. You will need time to complete it. So the Grade Prep Rich Task should be uploaded to your grade’s ClassDojo or Seesaw folder or portfolio by the end of WEEK 6!

For this Prep Specialists Rich Task, you will need to create a self portrait using “stuff” from around your house. 

NO DRAWING!

Label your facial features in English and Italian.

You also need to create an animal face.

NO DRAWING!

Label the facial features of the animal in Italian and English.

Photograph your self portrait and your animal face using your device.

How will you complete this self portrait and animal face without drawing?

thinking emoji

 

What will you use to create this rich task?

 

You will be using things that you already have at home.

 You have lots of CHOICE with how you create your self portrait and animal face.

Perhaps you will create your self portrait with counters or blocks

or  with lego

 

or with stuff from the kitchen cupboard

or cut pieces of paper

or paper plates

or wool or string

or fabric scraps

or playdoh and pasta

or stuff out of the laundry basket

 

or you could use some of these things

or all of these things

or something I haven’t even listed!

You could even use yourself as part of a huge self portrait like this person!

I am giving you lots and lots and lots of choice 

in how you create your rich task

I am NOT telling you to go out and buy new art materials or things to use!

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

You need to THINK about what you already have at HOME and HOW you can use it.

 

Now STOP!

Before you start running around your house like a crazy person collecting objects let’s think about this.

I do not want you touching any objects that don’t belong to you without permission.

 

I also want you to know and understand that all good artists clean up after themselves.

So, every single thing that you use in your rich task has to be put away properly and correctly after you have finished photographing it.

I cannot wait to see what you create!.

 

Have fun,

Mrs Menhennet

 

 

 

 

 

June 8

GRADE 3/4/5/6/E WEEK 9 AND 10 TERM 2 2020

GRADE 3/4/5/6/E WEEK 9 AND 10 TERM 2 2020

Hello to all my Grade 3/4/5/6/E students from Cambridge Primary School and whoever else might be reading this post.

avatar Shelley Menhennet

I can’t believe it is Week 10 of Term 2 2020 already or that we are all back to school together again! HOORAY!Congratulations to us all, as we all survived more than 8 weeks of remote learning and teaching at Cambridge Primary School

in Hoppers Crossing, Victoria, Australia.

 While COVID19 is still active in Victoria, and according to the Department of Education and Training guidelines, Cambridge Primary School is trying to limit the amount of items that we SHARE at school. This includes  while working in the Art Room.

So, please bring your PENCIL CASE, your IPAD and HEADPHONES to each Visual Arts session for the rest of this term!

Also, EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE, is feeling a little STRESSED and ANXIOUS about being back at school, all together,  after such a long time away. It is totally NORMAL to feel this way.

So let’s all promise to BE EXTRA KIND TO EACH OTHER as we work together at school over the last weeks of term 2.

  • revise art room expectations
  • ensure ALL students have completed ALL Visual Arts requirements for SEMESTER 1 REPORTS
  • If you have not completed all Visual Arts requirements for Semester 1 you must do so as soon as possible and make sure you hand them in to Mrs Menhennet
  • Students who have completed ALL Visual Arts requirements for SEMESTER 1 read through  and choose  a task from the VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASKS LIST
  • revise procedure for 5 Minutes of Focus
  • revise procedure for Cooperative Clean Up

  • I have read through Art Room Expectations
  • I have read through the list of Visual Arts requirements for Semester 1 2020
  • I have checked that I have completed ALL Visual Arts requirements for Semester 1
  • I complete any unfinished requirements for Semester 1 and hand them in
  • I select a task from the  VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASK LIST
  • I follow the procedure for 5 minutes of focus when it is called
  • I pack up immediately  when the timer for the end of the session goes off
  • i follow the procedure for Cooperative Clean Up

VISUAL ARTS REQUIREMENTS TO BE COMPLETED FOR SEMESTER 1 REPORTS 2020

Your sunflowers artworks (rough draft 4 sunflowers, rough draft vase of sunflowers, final sunflowers artwork) were due on the 24th May 2020! Draw an artwork reflecting your understanding of INTERDEPENDENCE within a hexagon shape. This artwork was due on the 6th June 2020. When they are complete you can finish your Keith Haring style large painted body shape from Term 1. Remember you were working cooperatively with a partner  on this task. When your painted body shape is complete, including the outline in a contrasting colour, help your partner to complete their painted body shape. Then you can choose a task from the VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASK LIST.

Your celestial bodies artworks (rough draft 4 celestial bodies, rough draft of two ideas for final artwork, final celestial bodies artwork were due on the 24th May 2020!

Draw an artwork reflecting your understanding of INTERDEPENDENCE within a hexagon shape. This artwork was due on the 6th June 2020.

When they are complete you can choose a task from the  VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASK LIST.

Your Famous Artwork Recreation was due on the 11th May 2020!

Draw an artwork reflecting your understanding of INTERDEPENDENCE within a hexagon shape. This artwork was due on the 6th June 2020.

When they are complete and handed in you can choose a task from the  VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASK LIST.

You must submit all your artworks or your report for Semester 1 will state NEEDS ATTENTION in the Visual Arts section.


 VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASK LIST

Use the next double page in your art journal for your drawing or see Mrs Menhennet if you need paper bigger than that!

  •  Draw with the GEAR STENCILS
  • Draw with the LARGE SPIROGRAPH COMPONENTS on a large piece of brown kraft paper.
  • Draw with the SMALL SPIROGRAPH COMPONENTS.
  • Learn how to draw 3D SHAPES. 
  • Another video about drawing 3D SHAPES.  
  • Learn how to draw 3D SHAPES WITH SHADING and SHADOWS.

  •  Learn how to draw BLOCK LETTERS. 
  • Learn how to draw all sorts of things using how to draw sheets from Art For Kids Hub. Use the how to draw sheets OR https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub
  • Learn how to draw SIMPLE ANIME characters. Here are 3 video links.
  • Learn how to draw graffiti letters.

  • Learn how to draw BUBBLE LETTERING.

  • Learn how to draw a train with one point perspective. 

Don’t forget to clean up cooperatively when you are given the signal!

Have fun!

Mrs Menhennet

September 27

GRADE 3 SUNFLOWER PAINTINGS

These stunning sunflower paintings were created by the Grade 3 students after they looked at the sunflower paintings and drawings created by Vincent Van Gogh.

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 57 2015

I found some images online from Vincent Van Gogh’s sketchbooks and I always show these to the students to reinforce how important their art journals are in the process of creating their artworks.

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secretmuseum_vangogh2

The students also looked at photos of sunflowers which grew outside our grade 5 classrooms earlier this year

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 15

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 11

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 8

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 3

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 4

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 6

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 10

and at photos inside a magnificent book by David Douglas Duncan titled ‘Sunflowers for Van Gogh’.

David Douglas Duncan war photographer

David Douglas Duncan war photographer

I was lucky to stumble across this lovely book for $3 at the Salvation

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cover sunflowers for van gogh

Army Opportunity Shop in Werribee. What a find! The author and photographer, David Douglas Duncan, fell in love with Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings and travelled to France to create a book devoted to the fields of sunflowers in France. I often find fantastic art books on the bookshelves of Op Shops and they are always really cheap! Op Shopping is one of my favourite pastimes as you just never know what you might stumble upon! The students loved looking through this book and it was out, on their work tables, throughout the creation of these wonderful artworks. They were fascinated by the variety of the sunflowers and that they were so different to the sunflowers that grew in our school garden beds.

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 14

As you can see the grade 3 students spent many, many weeks on these art works and they are, rightfully, very pleased with them.

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 60 2015

The students started by doing a 10 minute pencil draft in their journals of 4 different sunflowers – front view, side view, dying with petals dropping, not yet open.

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 72

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 70

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 68

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 67

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 75

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 83

All the students found these 4 views challenging but were willing to give it a go in their journal. They then bought their journal to me for a quick one on one chat about their drawings, full of praise, of course, and directed specifically at their ability level – differentiation!

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 94

They then drew a vase of sunflowers 10 minute pencil draft. And again bought this to me for a brief chat. Most children drew their sunflowers in the vase facing in different directions (hooray!) as the brief practice of the four views freed them up to do this. I did not make any direct references to how they were to draw their vase in their journal, or that they were to include the four views from their previous drawing. It was all learning by doing – and isn’t that the best kind of learning!

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 90

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 89

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 89

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 88

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 88

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 85

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 81

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 76

So that is 2 steps before they could even commence painting!

The students commenced by drawing a faint pencil line at about a third of the way up from the bottom of the paper. This gave them a line between the tabletop and the wall. This was suggested by a student who pointed out that Vincent had given his flower vase somewhere to sit by creating a table top rather than the vase just finishing at the bottom of the painting – hooray, hooray for improved observational skills! There was a huge variety in the colours used and some children created fancy tablecloths while others decorated the background wall. Most students painted their background with dry block paints giving it a wishy washy watercolour appearance.

Update 16/04/2020

Since creating this post I have also offered the option of using patterned paper for the tablecloth. The students have used old gift wrapping paper and scrapbooking paper, trimmed it to fit their paper and glued it into place. Fabric scraps could also be used. Not all students chose this option. Lots still preferred to paint. However it was a quick fix if a student had been absent for several sessions and I was trying to move them through the process a bit quicker!

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 59 2015

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 47 2015

I usually write up a basic framework to create the art work during discussion with my first class at that grade level. I call these procedure sheets and usually scribble them up on A2 or bigger sheets of paper. They have the grade level and title of the art work at the top so they are easy for the students to access if they want to reread them. I usually have them clipped to an easel or clipped to the whiteboard at the front of my classroom. I then revise and add to the framework/procedure through discussion with the other grades. All students are well aware that it is only a guideline and they are free to pursue their own ideas throughout the process.  I actively encourage this as it allows the students to work independently, with a reference up the front if they need it, as they work their way back and forth, stopping and starting, between parts of this complex work. I scribble in alternatives at each step, sometimes as they appear, and make sure the materials are available on the resource table, to aid the students independence.

I keep these procedure sheets and store them in  a large display book for each grade level to be reused at a later date.

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 48 2015

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 19 2015

Once the tablecloth and wall are complete and dry the students move on to creating the sunflower stems. Most students chose to print the stems onto the background using cardboard scraps after this had been demonstrated. Again, this created a huge variety of different looking stems.

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 14 2015

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 3 2015

They then painted the sunflowers carefully, most students deliberately leaving one stem without a head. Most students chose to paint their sunflowers using basic school acrylic paint. This accentuated the difference between the wishy washy background walls and the stark, bright, solid colours of the sunflowers.

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 2 2015

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 23 2015

The 3D sunflower head was made using Model Magic

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model magic

which is an air dry clay which is very light and can be painted when it is dry. You can get it from Cavalier Art Supplies in Geelong. You can also use Paper Magic Clay

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paper magiclay

which is created by Zart Art in Box Hill, Victoria, Australia as an alternative to Model Magic. My students have used both successfully. The material is very light so it stays glued to the artwork even when they had been on display for a couple of weeks.You really don’t need much model magic to make the head of just one sunflower.  I think it gives these artworks real impact without breaking your budget! We found, as the weeks marched on, and some students had not created their Model Magic flowers, that it worked just as well when we started cutting corners to get finished. It was just as successful if you glued the flower on as soon as you made it, rather than wait for it to air dry, and you could paint it before it air dried as well.

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 64 2015

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 13 2015

To finish their amazing work of art the students cut and decorated a vase and made sure it was big enough to cover the stems! This was an hilarious learning adventure all on it’s own. I showed the students how to fold a kinder square in half, draw half a vase on one side, cut it out and get a whole vase. The shocked faces when their vase was way too thin or better still, in two separate pieces, as they had drawn their vase along the wrong side of the folded paper, were priceless! I am always pointing out to the students that mistakes are part of their learning so it was fantastic to watch them fiddling with the two sad, separate pieces of their vase, to figure out where they went wrong, so they wouldn’t do it again. Students also offered up their unwanted, too thin vases to other students whose stems were in a narrower arrangement!

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 45 2015

grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 46 2015

grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 46 2015

The vases were then decorated with all sorts of bits and pieces.  (Buttons, ribbon, bias binding, fabric strips, washi tape, wool, string, sequins, plastic jewels, raffia, crepe paper, etc. Most of these things were art room donations!) They experimented with decorating their vases  arranging and rearranging the bits and pieces before they glued them into place, after this had been demonstrated.

It was a very long, involved process from start to finish for this work, with many stops and starts in between, as work had to dry completely between many of the steps.

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 44 2015

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 43 2015

All the grade 3 students worked brilliantly and moved independently onto different parts of the work while waiting for other bits to dry. This independent way of working may look chaotic, if you walk into my classroom, as students transition from one section of the work to another, but it frees me up to move between the students and interact and consult with these independent artists as they work!

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 14 2015

I am very proud of how committed the grade 3 students are to their art and how well they used their art time!!!

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 23 2015

And I’m sure you will agree that these are stunning artworks, some of which took 8 sessions to complete. All students, regardless of the level of their ability, were proud of their achievements.

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And they made a gorgeous display. I can’t wait to put them all up at the art show!  The Cambridge Primary School Art Show is  on the 23rd and 24th October!!! Just 4 weeks away – aaaggghhhhh!

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 42 2015

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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 41 2015

Thanks for reading and please leave a comment.

Shell

 

July 10

GRADE 5 COLOUR ZENTANGLE LANDSCAPES

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Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing 24

Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing 24

I saw a post, ages ago, on one of my favourite art teacher blogs, ARTE A SCUOLA.COM, full of patterned landscapes which I thought were gorgeous. As I have done with a lot of this blog’s brilliant ideas, I tucked the idea away on MY PINTEREST BOARDS, saving it up for just the right time, which happened to be at the start of our school year 2015.

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Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing 10

I sort of went a bit Zentangle mad at the start of this year and ended up with the grade 3s doing Zentangle hands,

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Grade 3 zentangle hand drawing 6

the grade 4s doing Zentangle feet

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Grade 4 footangle 37 2015

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and these coloured Zentangle landscapes being done by the grade 5 students.

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Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing 9

All three grade levels started off looking at and discussing examples of patterns and zentangles from MY PATTERNS AND ZENTANGLES PINTEREST BOARD on the projection screen. It was then time to get into a detailed pattern drawing frame of mind so I printed off about 15 pattern sample idea sheets, also on my patterns and zentangles pinterest board, for each table and then each student was given a grid sheet of 20 squares to glue into their art journal. The students had to use scrap paper and a pencil to come up with a pattern that they liked and then use a black fine liner to fill one of the grid squares on their sheet, thus creating their own pattern resource in their art journal. The aim was to finish off 5 grid squares at the end of the first session.

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Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing

The grade 5 students, at their next session, discussed landscapes and looked at a couple of the samples from ARTE A SCUOLA.COM The students suggested writing up a list of elements for the landscape on the whiteboard which they could follow while they were drawing their landscape outlines in pencil. I reinforced with the students that the list was to be seen as a guideline rather than a recipe and they could add or take away elements as they saw fit. The landscape was drawn on A3 cartridge paper.

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Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing 46

All students brought their pencil landscape shapes to me for a brief one on one discussion directed at their specific ability level – DIFFERENTIATION! Is the work balanced? What can you do to your tree so it doesn’t look so top heavy? Which elements have you put in your middleground?

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Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing 13

Interestingly every grade 5 ‘discovered’ that if their landscape included a body of water it “just didn’t look right” or it “made me feel weird” unless the edge of the land behind the water was straight/horizontal – hooray, no more slanted lakes or rivers!!!

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Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing 28

So all students then went over their pencil landscape outlines with thick black texta and commenced the pattern work using thick coloured pencils or coloured textas. There was only one rule for the pattern work, once you have used a pattern you cannot use it again!

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Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing 13

These were wonderful sessions for stopping half way for a “studio walk” around the art room where the children move from table to table quietly and look at each others unfinished work. The “oohs” and “aahs” and discussions about the work were fantastic! And, no, it is not just copying, if you see a pattern that you like on someone else’s work, and get an idea for your own work from that. Hadn’t we already been doing just that with the idea sheets on the tables??? And could you possibly reproduce such an intricate pattern EXACTLY the same????

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Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing 21

I was astounded with the amount of effort some of the students put into these pieces! In hindsight A3 was probably too big to cover with such intricate patterns. These artworks took much longer to finish that I anticipated and the level of concentration required to get a fair bit done in one session was just too much for some students. However, I’m sure the students would say it was worth it when you can see the quality of work which was produced.  Whatever their ability level, every student felt a great sense of achievement when the work was finally finished!

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Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing 21

You can also find more Zentangle landscapes on ART AT BECKER MIDDLE SCHOOL and BRICKS AND WOOD and ART IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL.

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Grade 5 zentangle landscape drawing 2

Thanks for looking and I’m sure my grade 5 students would appreciate it if you left them a comment.

Shell

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July 7

GRADE 3 DAVID HOCKNEY STYLE SWIMMING PAINTINGS

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing

UPDATE: I have added a few more photos to this post!!!

I saw this idea on USE YOUR COLOURED PENCILS ages ago and thought it would work well with my grade 3 students.

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing

 

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 23

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 22

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 22

USE YOUR COLOURED PENCILS is a fantastic primary art teacher blog from Western Australia full of brilliant ideas.

We started off by looking at several David Hockney swimming pool paintings, from the 1960s, on the projector screen. I use MY PINTEREST BOARDS to store and then display images on the projector so I don’t have to clog up my laptop with squillions of art images.

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The discussion was loud and vigorous with the students pointing out that it was interesting to choose that splash moment to paint rather than the person on the end of the board or in the middle of the dive, etc.

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And in each grade the comment was made that the swimmer in this painting looked like he was wearing a nappy!?! Oh the highs and lows of discussions with Grade 3!!! This painting was excellent for talking about the differences between a swimming/floating body and a standing/walking body. I don’t think that was why he painted it but – Thank you, David Hockney!

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 18

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 25

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 63

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 62

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 62

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 61

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 61

So as I have been gradually introducing the students to using an art journal this year they had to start by doing a quick drawing, 5 – 10 minutes only, in pencil, in their journal, of themselves as a floating/swimming body. This was then brought to me for a quick personal discussion during which I write or draw a few prompts/praises on their draft. These are directly related to their drawings, at their ability level, and I ask that they try to incorporate the ideas generated from our short, personal discussion into their ‘good copy’. Yes, folks, DIFFERENTIATION is alive and well in this Visual Arts classroom!!!

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 6

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 60

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 59

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 59

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 58

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 58

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 56

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 56

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 55

Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 55

 

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 53

The first time I did this in their book was hilarious. They were all horrified that I was writing on top of their drawing but they now all have a much more secure idea of what a rough draft is and don’t feel so precious about every rough drawing any more.

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 35

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 66

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 11

Once the students had started their drawing /painting on A3 cartridge paper I quickly called a halt as most were using grey lead pencil and drawing a teeny tiny swimming version of themselves. What happened to filling the space with their body? So the grey lead pencils were put away as soon as their draft was finished and the students moved bravely, straight onto using the oil pastels, to create their swimmer. Ahhh, much better!

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 2

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting dra

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 37

Once their swimmer drawing was finished they tackled the challenge of pool water reflection lines using  white oil pastel.

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 12

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Grade 3 David Hockney style swimmer painting drawing 21

The students then painted on the water using dry block poster paint with the paint magically resisting the oil in the pastels!!! Yes, I know, sometimes the old techniques are the best ones for the job!

POSITIVES:

  • Rich, engaging activity
  • fantastic discussion
  • lots of students came into the art room talking about the David Hockney images they had looked up on Pinterest or Google images after discussing this with their family about what they were doing
  • comparing rough drafts with final pieces of work to demonstrate the changes and improvements in their final piece
  • all students were very proud of their work, regardless of their ability level
  • they make a fantastic display!

NEGATIVES

  • I don’t think there were any!!!

You can see more David Hockney style swimmers inspired, like me, by USE YOUR COLOURED PENCILS here in these links

KIDS ARTISTS from the Netherlands

MRS KNIGHTS SMARTEST ARTISTS from Dolvin Elementary School in Georgia, U.S.A

And more from my Grade 3 students below.

And I’m sure my Grade 3 children would love it if you left them a comment.

Shell       shelley menhennet