August 5

GRADE PREP WEEK 5 TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

 

GRADE PREP WEEK 5 TERM 3

REMOTE LEARNING 2020

10th August 2020 – 14th August 2020

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

 

This is week 5 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.

In 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.

If you have already completed your Specialists Rich Task you can skip this bit. On the audio file you can press the fast forward button.

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 Class Dojo 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!

Here is a story for you to enjoy. This is ‘The skin you live in’ by Michael Tyler.

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Your VISUAL ARTS TASK FOR WEEK 5 is to write a comment on my blog about the story.

It is easy to write a comment on my blog. Don’t forget to use capital letters and full stops.

At the end of this blog post you will find a section titled,

LEAVE A COMMENT (or add a comment if nobody else has written one yet!)

Under that is a large box in which you type your comment. It looks like this. You can’t write in this one, Silly. You have to use the box at the bottom of this post.

After you have written your comment there is an anti spam box. The anti spam box is there to prove you are a real person not just a computer bot generating random comments. You need to copy the text from the anti spam box into the other box, just like in the photo below.

 

Then you type your name into the name box. Don’t forget to tell me which grade you are in.

In the next box you type your email address. If you don’t have an email address then you can ask someone from your family if you can use their email address.

Click on the little square at the bottom and you will get an email when I write the reply to your comment.

Finally click on the button that says POST COMMENT and you will have successfully written a comment.

Congratulations. You have just written and posted a comment on the Back Art Room Blog!

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

July 21

GRADE PREP WEEK 3 TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

GRADE PREP WEEK 3

TERM 3 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

(27th July  – 31st July)

READ ALONG WITH MRS MENHENNET!

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

This is week 3 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 !

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

I hope you kept last week’s self portrait somewhere nice and safe. You will need to submit last week’s self portrait as evidence of your completion of this unit of work when you submit your Specialists Rich Task.

 Instructions for the Specialists Rich Task will be forwarded to you soon.

 

 

We are going to be drawing a new self portrait soon so you will need some paper,

 

some pencils,

or crayons,

or textas.

Some people call textas, markers.

And I would really like it if you had a small mirror so you can look at yourself.

So I am going to give you a little bit of time to organise yourself.

I will just sit here on my blog and wait for you to collect some pencils and textas, some paper and, hopefully, a mirror.

If you don’t have a small mirror you can use to look at yourself perhaps you can move yourself to draw on the floor  somewhere in your house, maybe in the bathroom, where there is a big mirror,

so you can use the big mirror to look at yourself.

So I will just wait until you are ready……..

Oh, you are ready already! That was so fast! Well done!

So while you were getting ready to draw I found a beautiful story to share with you so let’s watch the video.

If you need to stop the video at anytime you can just press the pause button and then come back to the story.

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Oh, that was a lovely story called “The Colour of Us”  written and illustrated by Karen Katz.

I thought the illustrations were just gorgeous. Karen Katz is a very clever author and artist. She wrote the story about her daughter Lena and a conversation they had one day when they went out for a walk.

Now I would like you to get your small or big mirror

and have a very good look at your face!

Today you are again going to draw a SELF PORTRAIT but it will be a bit different this time.

Today you are going to draw a MONOCHROMATIC

SELF PORTRAIT.

 

Yes, it’s a very big word – monochromatic.

I want you to say that long word after me – monochromatic.

Let’s try it again – monochromatic.

 

Now I want you to say after me  – monochromatic self portrait.

Well done!

If we break the word up the mono part means one and the chromatic part means colour. So now you are going to watch a video made by a very clever art teacher called Cassie Stephens.

She is going to show you some self portraits painted by artists and then show you how to draw a monochromatic self portrait.

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In the video she talks to her students about using a very small piece of paper. You can use whatever size paper you have.

In the video she uses a thin black texta to start her drawing. You can use one if you like but you could also use a black pencil.

Let’s watch the video.

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In the video Cassie decides to do her monochromatic self portrait using green.  These are monochromatic self portraits that were done by some of Cassie’s students.

You don’t have to choose green but whatever colour you choose you need to have several lights and darks of that colour.

I hope you have fun drawing your monochromatic self portrait.

You don’t have to submit your drawing this week. Again, I would like you to keep your drawing nice and safe. You will  then submit this week’s monochromatic self portrait as evidence of your completion of this unit of work when you submit your Specialists Rich Task.

Bye,

Mrs Menhennet

Grade Prep Monochromatic self portraits 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 16

GRADE PREP WEEK 2 TERM 3 2020

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GRADE PREP WEEK 2 TERM 3 2020

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

hello word in block letters with exaggerated 3D shadows

This is week 2 of Term 3 2020 and all my Prep students are at home!

This is not the way I usually work with Prep students to teach them about Visual Arts but we will be doing this for a few weeks until it is safe to attend school again.

Until then, we will be learning like this – online – using my blog!

You have probably seen me at school. You might even have met me when I have been on Yard Duty or I have visited your classroom.

Yes, it’s me – Mrs Menhennet! Most Cambridge Primary School students that know me, recognise me with my multicoloured hair!!!

Cambridge Primary School Prep students always ask me, “Mrs Menhennet, how come you have all those colours in your hair?”

And I always tell them, “I don’t know. It just grew like that!”

 

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

What is a self portrait?

A portrait is a picture of a person.

A SELF portrait is a picture of ??????????

Yes, that’s right – a self portrait is a picture of yourself!

Okay, we are going to be drawing a self portrait soon so you will need some paper,

 

some pencils,

or crayons,

or textas.

Some people call textas, markers.

And I would really like it if you had a small mirror so you can look at yourself.

So I am going to give you a little bit of time to organise yourself.

I will just sit here on my blog and wait for you to collect some pencils and textas, some paper and, hopefully, a mirror.

If you don’t have a small mirror you can use to look at yourself perhaps you can move yourself to draw on the floor  somewhere in your house, maybe in the bathroom, where there is a big mirror,

so you can use the big mirror to look at yourself.

So I will just wait until you are ready……..

Oh, you are ready already! That was so fast! Well done!

So while you were getting ready to draw I found a beautiful story to share with you so let’s watch the video.

If you need to stop the video at anytime you can just press the pause button

and then come back to the story.

Oh, okay, okay, you already knew that! I’m sorry I forgot how clever Cambridge Primary School Prep students are!

 

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Oh, that was a fun story about all sorts of faces.

Now I would like you to get your small or big mirror

and have a very good look at your face!

Can you see your beautiful eyes?

What colour are they?

Can you see your eyelashes?

Are they light or dark?

Are they short or long?

Are they curly or straight?

Can you see your eyebrows?

Are your eyebrows neat and tidy or crazy and all over the place?

Eyebrows are great for adding expression to your face.

What do your eyebrows do when you make an angry face?

What happens to your eyebrows when you make a surprised face?

Noses come in all shapes and sizes. It’s amazing how different they can be.

 

Mouths can also be very different.

 

Have you got all of your teeth?

Or are some of your teeth missing?

Now it’s time for you to draw your self portrait. I want you to draw a picture of you!

 

Have fun and have a positive attitude about your drawing. We are just practising!

This video made by the brilliant Mrs Hahn from Mini Matisse.blogspot.com will show you what to do.

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I hope you had fun drawing your self portrait.

You don’t have to submit your drawing from this week.

Bye,

Mrs Menhennet

Here are the Prep 2020 self portraits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 14

GRADE 4 WEEK 6 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

GRADE 4 WEEK 6 REMOTE LEARNING

Your celestial bodies final artwork is due on Monday 24th May 2020!

You must submit all your artworks (rough draft of four/2 ideas/final celestial bodies artwork) or your report for Semester 1 will state NEEDS ATTENTION in the Visual Arts section.

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

avatar Shelley Menhennet

I can’t believe it is Week 6 of remote learning already!

We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning around the topic of CELESTIAL BODIES in ART!

So, in Week 3 you drew a rough draft of four different celestial bodies. If you didn’t do this work go to week 3 here.

Reyansh 4F cb

Vivienne 4A CB

And in Week 4 you drew 2 ideas for a celestial bodies artwork. If you didn’t do this work go to week 4 here.

Now, in Week 5 and week 6, I would like you to create your final artwork for this unit of work. I want you to create a celestial bodies final artwork.

This artwork will require some thinking and some organising. So this artwork is due on Monday 24th May 2020!

In the past, my grade 3 students have created a celestial bodies artwork using clay like this.

This artwork involved-

  • deciding which of the celestial bodies you were going to create with

  • deciding how the celestial bodies were going to interact if the student was using more than one type of celestial body

  • deciding whether the celestial bodies claywork was going to be 3D and freestanding or flat

  • painting the claywork after it came out of the kiln

But you won’t be making a celestial bodies clay work in the art room.

In this time of remote learning we all have to adapt to creating at home.

How can you produce an artwork that has more than one celestial body in it? How can you put them together? Or perhaps you just want to create one of the celestial bodies? What will you use?

So you have lots of choice with how you create your celestial bodies artwork. However I want you to use more than one sort of material or one way of creating your art work. You have choices to make!

So perhaps you will draw,

or paint, or use oil pastels or chalk or watercolour pencils,

or use lego,

or make 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 cut paper

or torn paper,

or cardboard

or aluminum foil

or use stuff from the kitchen drawers and cupboards

or stuff out of the laundry basket

or other stuff

or all of those things

or something I haven’t even listed!

This moon looks like it has been made using shaving cream!

If you want to look at more celestial bodies artworks go to my Pinterest board.

I am giving you lots and lots and lots of choice

in how you create your artwork but I am NOT telling you to go out and buy stuff! Use what is already in your home! Don’t forget to ask permission to pull stuff out of cupboards to use or to make salt dough, or things like that.Email your photos to me when you have finished.

shelley.menhennet@education.vic.gov.au

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

I cannot wait to see your artworks inspired by celestial bodies!

You can send it in earlier but remember this artwork is due on Monday 24th May 2020!

Have fun creating!

Mrs Menhennet

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Don’t forget to leave a comment! My students love to read your comments!

 

April 21

GRADE 5 REMOTE LEARNING VISUAL ARTS GALLERY 2020

Here you will find a gallery of artworks created by Grade 5 students at Cambridge Primary School over the past few weeks.

Face multicoloured hair curved coloured paper strips fringe of small multicoloured paper squares large circular eyes with black irises short straight black eyelashes multicoloured small striped nose wearing bow tie no mouth curious expression

Aaliyah 5D 1 Face with multicoloured hair and nose wearing bowtie

This includes any artworks created over the two weeks of the school holidays when these students were, like most of the rest of us, confined to home.

Manga style drawing male character wearing surgical mask with coronavirus bright green floating around the character

Marko 5B 1 drawing

Aditi 5F 2 Constructed cardboard semi circular cradle for pencil storage decorated to look like a watermelon slice full of pencils and markers laying left and right

Aditi 5F 2 Constructed cardboard semi circular cradle for pencil storage decorated to look like a watermelon slice

It also includes artworks created during Week 1 and 2 of term 2 2020. The Visual Arts task for Week 2 for all grade 3/4/5/6/E students was to think about the many creative ways the students have used their time over the past few weeks and to send me photos of these creative artworks. Perhaps they have been drawing, knitting, painting, making models, crocheting, making jewellery, printing, constructing, cutting, making collages, etc, etc, etc???

grey lead pencil drawing mermaid on a rock in the moonlight

Danielle 5F 1 grey lead pencil drawing

3D freesstanding block capital letter A collaged with multicoloured patterned paper scraps and washi tape

Aaliyah 5D 1 3D block letter A collaged with patterned paper and washi tape

I will continue to update these online galleries on this blog as students send photos of their artworks to me by email.

Lego model of cafe counter with cappuccino machine barista cupcakes and more

Aaliyah 5D 2 Lego model of cafe counter with cappuccino machine barista cupcakes and more

The students will be delighted if you leave a comment or a question about their artwork.

grey lead pencil and bright blue and red marker drawing superhero cartoon Super Cup

Aaliyah 5D 4 Superhero comic Super Cup

Thanks,

Shell Menhennet

Painted sea shell black royal blue maroon covered in silver glitter

Aaliyah 5D 6 Painted sea shell black royal blue maroon covered in silver glitter

grey lead pencil drawing female character on stage with footlights stage lights and confetti flying around

Aaliyah 5D 5 grey lead pencil drawing female character on stage with footlights stage lights and confetti flying around

manga style drawing koala in a tree

Marko 5B 3 drawing

manga style drawing male character wearing peaked cap

Marko 5B 2 drawing

Coloured pencil drawings enhanced stick figure clown with large friendly face bunch of balloons happy girl eating yellow spaghetti from red bowl

Aaliyah 5D 3 Coloured pencil drawing enhanced stick figure clown with large head girl eating spaghetti from a bowl

mango style drawing male character exaggerated sports shoe size on feet

Marko 5B 4 drawing

Drawing multi scooped ice cream cone How is ice cream made? Explanatory text written on the vanilla scoops of ice cream Chocolate strawberry pistachio scoops yellow cone with orange lines to form diamond pattern on cone brown cylindrical wafer yum

Aditi 5F 1 Drawing of multi scooped ice cream cone How is ice cream made?

manga style drawing female character carrying best teacher trophy in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other

Marko 5B 5 drawing

drawing coloured pencil 5 small quirky characters multicoloured apple crazy eyes tonhgue sticking out square minion yellow blue

Aaliyah 5D 3 5 drawing small quirky characters

Drawing manga style character carrying watermelons pink face mask over eyes

Marko 5B 6 drawing

pastel rainbow painted sea shell

Aaliyah 5D 8 pastel painted rainbow sea shell

 

3 folded squares mint green lemon pale pink small drawings over folded part of paper sunbaking tropical fruit on lemon sloth and bunch of balloons floating away on pale pink hello with cute white face for O on mint green

Aaliyah 5D 9 3 folded squares with small drawings on the folded parts of the square

drawing manga style male character moustache balding

Marko 5B 8 drawing

Manga style drawing of male character

Marko 5B 9 drawing

grey lead pencil drawing of a toddler including photo on phone the drawing was copied from

Marko 5B 10grey lead pencil drawing of a toddler

Nathan 5E 1

Ethan 5E 1

Diamond art tiger

Mya 5C 1

Mya 5C 2

Ethan 5E 2

Ethan 5E 3

Mya 5C 3

Thinuli 5E 1

Mikayla 5A 1

Ahmed 5F 1

Neil 5A 1

Neil 5A 2

Mia 5B 1

Hannah Rose 5A 3

Hannah Rose 5A 2

Hannah Rose 5A 1

Mia 5B 2

Kethan 5D 1

Zaina 5A 1

Yethmini 5E

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July 27

Grade 4 Picasso face paper collage

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I am currently sitting at Aquapulse, the new aquatic centre in Hoppers Crossing, Victoria, typing this blog post. My 12 year old daughter Georgie and her friend Natalie are screaming down the giant waterslide as I type! I am sitting high up in the tiered seating area looking ridiculous, all rugged up for winter, with my laptop on my knee, while everyone else is strutting around in their bathersI This is all rather weird but such are the weekend pursuits of a hard working Primary Art Teacher!!! Multi tasking is my middle name!!!

aquapulse waterslide hoppers crossing victoria Australia

aquapulse waterslide hoppers crossing victoria Australia

I don’t know what Pablo Picasso himself would think of these face collages below but I just love them.

pablo Pixcasso Picture

Pablo Picasso Picture

picasso altar boy

picasso altar boy

Picasso Mother

Picasso Mother

 

First of all I showed the grade 4 students a range of portraits created by Pablo Picasso which I had on my Pinterest board, on the projector. I also had several Picasso portrait prints hanging up in the art room. The students happily discussed how interesting they were and how his portrait style had changed over time. Why do you think Pablo Picasso displaced so many facial features in his portraits? How does this make you  feel? What about his use of colour? A portrait is usually a likeness of another person. What does this say about the displacement of the facial features on these portraits? Well done Grade 4s for your fabulous discussions!

Picasso

Picasso

Picasso Dora Maar

Picasso Dora Maar

Picasso

Picasso

We also briefly looked at Weeping Woman as she is very famous in Melbourne as the National Gallery of Victoria owns her and she was stolen from the gallery in 1986. You can read more about that here.

Weeping Woman Picasso National Gallery of Victoria

Weeping Woman Picasso National Gallery of Victoria

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National Galery of Victoria water wall

National Galery of Victoria water wall

Anyway, after looking and discussing I explained to the students that they were going to be creating their own Picasso style collage. In the past I had done this activity with grade 4 and just got them to draw a Picasso-ish face and I had also done this activity using cut out facial features from magazines. Both times before the students had stated that drawing or putting the facial features into the wrong positions was extremely difficult to do.

Zart Art Face Pack Paper

Zart Art Face Pack Paper

This year I had discovered this paper on the Zart Art website and knew it would be perfect for this activity.

Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 1

Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 1

Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 2

Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 2

So the procedure was

  1. Collect A4 cartridge paper from the resource table.
  2. Draw a head and neck on the A4 paper nice and large. (What do we say – FILL THE SPACE!)
  3. Colour the face using oil pastels. Natural skin tones were optional and up to the individual artist.
  4. Select and cut out desired facial features carefully from Zart Art sheets (that had already been trimmed down into quarter of their A3 size – hey, I’m not silly! And don’t massacre twenty seven eyes just to get to the one you want in the middle of the sheet. Cut out carefully and place leftovers from sheet you are cutting back into the EYES plastic pocket so somebody else can use them! Yes, sometimes the instructions have to be this basic to protect the expensive materials!)
  5. How many facial features can you have? How many do you need? Why? “I want more than one mouth because my person talks a lot!” “I need to give my person 5 ears ’cause they always listen to gossip!”
  6. Glue your facial features into their displaced positions.
  7. Is your person bald? What are you going to do about hair?
  8. Cut out your person carefully and mount them on an A4 piece of coloured cover paper.
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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 3

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 6

Most of the grade 4 students are now working on their next collage which is again based on Picasso’s portraits but A3 size, incorporating different types of cardboard to create (hopefully) layered facial features! I will write up a blog post on these when they are done.

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 4

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 19

Well, as already stated, I just love these and hope you do too.

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 23

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Grade 4 Picasso simple collage 2015 31

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