As mentioned in my last post, I went a bit crazy with Zentangles at the start of this 2015 school year.
These are the foot zentagles – and we shortened the name to footangles – that my grade 4 students did.
I had done this activity 20 years ago in the art room, way before Zentangles had even been invented, and it always went well.
The students started with taking off a sock and a shoe and getting a partner to trace around their foot and yes, in between their tickly toes, with a grey lead pencil, on A3 cartridge paper.
They then had to lift their foot and reposition it with their foot overlapping somewhere.
The tracing was repeated until their arrangement of traced feet looked balanced and enough. Their decision, not mine.
The partners then reversed positions and did it again so they were both ready to start drawing.
I suggested they do this with a partner so they would get a decent traced shape of their foot with their full weight on it, rather than leaning back and tracing their own. Plus, it was the start of a new school year so what better way to get to know a classmate better than getting up close and personal with their feet!!!
So after a giggly 20 minutes or so everyone was ready to start in on those patterns.
They had looked at patterns and amazing zentangles the week before and filled in at least 5 spaces on their own pattern ideas sheet of 20 squares that had been glued into their art journal, so they were all set to go.
These students were also the only year level I had done Zentangles with in 2014 when they produced a name tangle.
And when they were in Grade 2 we had looked at the brilliant pattern work of Queenland contemporary artist Dave Behrens.
So I was confident that the pattern work they did would be good, and I wasn’t disappointed.
So now it was time to forget they were feet at all but just look at their paper as being covered in random, organic shapes, all of which needed to be retraced with a thick black texta and then filled with a different pattern with a black fineliner.They weren’t allowed to repeat a pattern once it had been used.
When they were finished they then had to fill the background with stripes using warm or cool colours.
- Students we re so proud of their finished work!
- stunning pattern work
- students were so encouraging and enthusiastic when we did our “studio walk” around the classroom to look at everybody else’s work
- Again I was way too ambitious with what I thought the students would be able to achieve over a few sessions However if they had used A4 paper the completed work wouldn’t have been nearly as impressive as there wouldn’t have been room for as many traced feet so less spaces to fill with pattern?!?!?
- less children were certain about warm/cool colours than I thought
- some students struggled to persevere to completion
- I would definitely get the students to paint the backgrounds next time as coloured pencil or crayon backgrounds just dragged the work out even more. I cannot think why I didn’t get them to do this anyway?!?!?
Thanks for looking and I’m sure the Grade 4 students would love it if you left a comment,