May 14

GRADE 3 WEEK 6 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

GRADE 3 WEEK 6 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

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

You must submit all your artworks (rough draft 4 sunflowers/rough draft vase of sunflowers/final artwork vase of sunflowers) or your report for Semester 1 will state NEEDS ATTENTION in the Visual Arts section.

Hello to all my Grade 3 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 Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflowers in ART!

So, in Week 3 you drew a rough draft of four different sunflowers.

If you didn’t do this work go to week 3 here.

Ariella 3A sun

Mishika 3A sun

And in Week 4 you drew a rough draft of a vase of sunflowers. 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 an artwork of a vase of sunflowers.

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 vase of flowers like this.

This artwork involved-

  • drawing a line across the paper to show the edge of the table

  • painting the background and the table clothgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 64 2015

  • printing flower stems using a piece of scrap cardboard on its sidegrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 59 2015

  • making sure the stems weren’t all perfectly straightgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 56 2015

  • painting or printing sunflower heads leaving one stem without a headgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 55 2015

  • making sure the sunflowers were not all just facing the frontgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 54 2015

  • some of the sunflowers might even be dropping their petals onto the tableclothgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 52 2015

  • folding a piece of coloured paper in half and drawing half a vase on one side, cutting out the shape and unfolding it to form a vasegrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 51 2015

  • gluing the paper vase on top of the stemsgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 49 2015

  • decorating the vase with buttons, beads, sequins, ribbon, paper and fabric scrapsgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 35 2015

  • creating the last sunflower head with Model Magic, an air dry clay, gluing it onto the last stem and painting it so one of the flower heads was three dimensional.grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 28 2015

This sort of artwork is called mixed media because so many different sorts of materials and ways of creating are used at the same time to create a whole artwork.

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

So you have lots of choice with how you create your vase of sunflowers this week. However I want you to use more than one sort of material or one way of creating your art work.

So perhaps you will draw

or paint

or use oil pastels

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 folded paper

or torn paper

or cardboard

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!

And if you decide to create other sorts of flowers instead of sunflowers that is also okay.

This cooking artist, Lorraine Elliott from  her website Not Quite Nigella has created a focaccia as a vase of sunflowers!

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 Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings!

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

Have fun creating!

Mrs Menhennet

And here they are!

Shilpa 3C sunflowers

Preet 3F fin

Mia S 3A fin

marko 3D fin

Mahli 3A fin

Joseph 3A fin

Jaivant 3D fin a

Ishmay 3C fin ?

Ishmay 3C fin

Gemma 3E fin

Devman 3E fin

Chanuka 3E fin

Chelsea 3C fin

Cooper B 3E fin

Cooper T 3E fin

Ella 3B fin

Jose 3B fin mod

Reuben 3C fin 3

reuben 3C fin

Reuben 3C fin 4

Yes, that is Sunflower bread! You saw it here first!

Reuben 3C fin 2

 

 

Sienna 3C fin

Oscar 3D fin

Jacob 3D fin 2

Ava 3E fin

Zane 3D fin

Lucy S 3E fin

Ben Thomson 3E fin

Krish 3D FIN

Lucy 3B fin

Wyatt 3B fin

Kowkeb 3D fin

Lucy 3E fin

Sarah 3D fin

Nina 3D fin

Ronnie 3A cbfin

Nida 3E fin jpg

Abby 3A fin

Erika 3A fin

Anirudh 3B fin

Ariella 3A fin

Jason 3D fin

Jaivant 3D fin b

Scarlett 3D fin

Aanya 3A fin

Marwan 3B fi

tyler 3A fin

Marwan 3B fi

 

 

 

Wajiha 3C fin

William 3E fin

William 3E fin

Mia g 3F fin

Luka 3A fin

Emily 3C fin

Jasmin 3Ffin

Ikuna 3B fin.jpeg copy

Jason 3D fin

Noah G 3B fin

Diya 3A fin

Ariella 3A fin

Jasmine 3F fin

Chloe 3D fin

Chalice 3A fin

Victor 3A fin

Dsnuli 3F fin

Krish 3D fin

Aishah 3F fin

Paiten 3 fin

Karnik 3C fin

Claire 3A fin

Dylan 3F fin

Marko 3D fin

Mishika 3A fin

Emily 3F fin

Aanya 3F fin

Ranveer 3A sunflowers

Don’t forget to leave a comment!

My students love reading your comments!

May 6

GRADE 3 WEEK 5 REMOTE LEARNING SUNFLOWERS 2020

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

avatar Shelley Menhennet

I can’t believe it is Week 5 of remote learning already!

We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning around the topic of SUNFLOWERS AND VINCENT VAN GOGH!

 

So, in Week 3 you drew a rough draft of four different sunflowers.

Ariella 3A sun

Mishika 3A sun

And in Week 4 you drew a rough draft of a vase of sunflowers.

Now, in Week 5, I would like you to create your final artwork for this unit of work. I want you to create an artwork of a vase of sunflowers.

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 vase of flowers like this.

This artwork involved-

  • drawing a line across the paper to show the edge of the table

  • painting the background and the table clothgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 64 2015

  • printing flower stems using a piece of scrap cardboard on its sidegrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 59 2015

  • making sure the stems weren’t all perfectly straightgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 56 2015

  • painting or printing sunflower heads leaving one stem without a headgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 55 2015

  • making sure the sunflowers were not all just facing the frontgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 54 2015

  • some of the sunflowers might even be dropping their petals onto the tableclothgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 52 2015

  • folding a piece of coloured paper in half and drawing half a vase on one side, cutting out the shape and unfolding it to form a vasegrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 51 2015

  • gluing the paper vase on top of the stemsgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 49 2015

  • decorating the vase with buttons, beads, sequins, ribbon, paper and fabric scrapsgrade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 35 2015

  • creating the last sunflower head with Model Magic, an air dry clay, gluing it onto the last stem and painting it so one of the flower heads was three dimensional.grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 28 2015

This sort of artwork is called mixed media because so many different sorts of materials and ways of creating are used at the same time to create a whole artwork.

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

So you have lots of choice with how you create your vase of sunflowers this week. However I want you to use more than one sort of material or one way of creating your art work.

So perhaps you will draw

or paint

or use oil pastels

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 folded paper

or torn paper

or cardboard

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!

And if you decide to create other sorts of flowers instead of sunflowers that is also okay.

This cooking artist, Lorraine Elliott from  her website Not Quite Nigella has created a focaccia as a vase of sunflowers!

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 Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflower paintings!

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

Have fun creating!

Mrs Menhennet

April 30

GRADE 3 WEEK 4 REMOTE LEARNING SUNFLOWERS 2020

 

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

avatar Shelley Menhennet

I can’t believe it is Week 4 of remote learning already!

We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning around the topic of SUNFLOWERS AND VINCENT VAN GOGH!

 

But first let’s look at an amazing place in Paris called the Atelier Des Lumieres. Here you can view digital renderings of Vincent Van Gogh’s artworks on the walls, floor and ceiling! Enjoy!

And now, back to work! If you haven’t done the Week 3 activity yet please go back to Grade 3 Week 3 HERE.

Did you email your rough draft to me last week?

If you haven’t done that yet send it to me by email so I can put it onto the blog post. If you want to look at everybody else’s rough drafts, that is where they are, on last week’s blog post. Go to where it says HERE up above and it will take you there!

So by now you have looked at lots of images of sunflowers and you have drawn 4 rough drafts as well.

 

Your task for this week is to do another rough draft but just one this week. This time I want you to draw a vase of sunflowers.Because you have practised drawing sunflowers that are closed or a side view, try and include them in your vase of flowers. If you look at Vincent Van Gogh’s vases of sunflowers they weren’t all facing the front or all perfect. That is what makes them interesting to look at!

You can add a bit of colour to this drawing if you want but it is still a rough draft. Do not stress if it is not PERFECT!

So try to get a table top in your rough draft drawing so your vase isn’t floating in the air! If you draw a line across your paper about 1/3 from the bottom that will be fine. Now your table is the bottom third of the drawing. You need to draw the base of your vase below the top line of the table, not just sitting on it. Have a look at where Vincent Van Gogh put the bottom of his vase. Will your table cloth be plain or have a pattern?

What about the shape of your vase?

Will it be plain or patterned?

When you draw your stems will they be more interesting if they are all straight and perfect or a bit bendy and twisty?

The more detail you add to the flower heads the better your drawing will be. Look at the real sunflower photos to help you.

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 6

Have fun drawing your vase of sunflowers and remember that is not supposed to be perfect but a rough draft of your ideas.

Please email your vase of sunflowers rough draft to me at –

shelley.menhennet@education.vic.gov.au

Next week we will do your final piece of sunflower art!

Bye,

Mrs Menhennet

And here they are!

Sarah 3D vas

Krish 3D vas

Charlotte 3C vas 2

Chelsea 3C vas

Claire 3A vas

Diya 3A vas

Tyler 3A vas

Ansh 3A vas

Aarav 3A vas

Jacob 3D vas

Raima 3B 2vas

Emily 3F vas

Emily B 3C vas

Abby 3A vas

Erika 3A vas

reuben 3C vas

Kai 3A vas

Wyatt 3B vas

Dylan b 3F vas

Lucy S 3E vas

Lucy S 3E vas 1a

Noah 3Bvas

Sienna 3C vas

Joseph 3A vas

Lucy 3B vas

Jose 3B vas

Mia G 3f vas

Nida 3E vas

Cooper 3E vas

Charlotte 3C vas

Chalice 3A vas

Ben 3E vas

Zac 3A vas

 

Noah 3E vas

mahli 3A vas

Jason 3D vas

Joseph 3A vas

Bhrij 3E vas

Jaivant 3D vas

Danuli 3Fvas

Wajiha 3C vas

uka 3A vas

Emily 3C vas

Charlotte 3C vas

Charlotte 3C vas b

Ikuna 3B vas

Chloe 3D vas

Jasmin 3F vas

Chelsea 3F vas

Victor 3A vas

Karnik 3C vas

Chelsea 3C vas

Krish 3D vase draft

Kowkeb 3 vas

Jason 3D vas

Jaivant 3

Claire Briones 3A sunflowers 2

 

 

 

April 23

GRADE 3 WEEK 3 REMOTE LEARNING SUNFLOWERS 2020

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

avatar Shelley Menhennethello word in block letters with exaggerated 3D shadows

I can’t believe it is Week 3 of remote learning already!

 

We are going to be doing a bit of Visual Arts learning around the topic of SUNFLOWERS and Vincent Van Gogh!

Van Gogh self portrait

Vincent Van Gogh loved painting sunflowers. Here are a few images of his sunflower paintings.

Van Gogh sunflowers 1

Sunflowers Van Gogh 2

Sunflowers Van Gogh 3

He didn’t always paint them in vases.

Sunflowers Van Gogh 5

He practised drawing rough drafts of sunflowers in his art journal.

Van Gogh drawing sunflowers art journal

secretmuseum_vangogh2

Please use this link to watch a video that will give you some more information about Vincent Van Gogh.

I hope you enjoyed the video.

I photographed these sunflowers in a garden bed at Cambridge primary School several years ago.

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 12

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 1

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 3

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 3

I took lots of close ups as well as trying to see the whole sunflower.

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 14

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 11

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 6

Can you see that the different sunflowers are at different stages of their life cycle?

Petals are closed as the sunflower hasn’t opened yet.

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 15

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 15

Petals are falling off as the sunflower head is dying off.

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 10

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 10

Hey! Life cycles are studied in Science so are we are doing Science in Visual Arts? Yes, we are!

HEY wordscince word

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every living organism on our planet has a life cycle.  This is the life cycle of a frog.

Life cycle of a frog

Life cycle of a frog

This is the life cycle of a sunflower.

Sunflower life cycle

Sunflowers grow from a seed,

burst up through the earth,

stretch and grow towards the light,

open up the petals on their flower head,

bees collect the pollen from the huge flower centre on the sunflower head,

the petals start to wither and drop off the flower head,

the sunflower drops it’s seeds,

the stem also starts to dry out and the whole flower crumples to the ground,

the sunflower decomposes back into the earth

and a sunflower grows from a seed.

I would like you to have a really good look at these sunflower photos and  then I want you to draw just with a grey lead pencil on a piece of paper.

Take a piece of paper, any piece of paper will do, and fold it into four spaces. So, fold the paper in half. Press on the crease and then fold it in half again. Press on the crease. You should now have a piece of paper with four spaces in which to draw. You will just need a grey lead pencil to draw with.

fold paper into four

 

grey lead pencil

grey lead pencil

Everybody should be ready to draw now. You only need a grey lead pencil. I don’t want to see any colour! I don’t expect to see the best drawings you have ever done in your life. These are rough drafts. You are just practising, just like Vincent Van Gogh did in his art journal!

Please don’t be too hard on yourself and think you have made mistakes. DON’T USE A RUBBER! Just DRAW. I only want you to spend about 5 MINUTES drawing each of the 4 drawings. Look at the photos. Draw what YOU SEE, NOT WHAT YOU THINK YOU SEE!!!

You need 4 sections because I want you to do 4 drawings!

Drawing 1 – draw the front of a sunflower.

Drawing 2 – Draw a side view of a sunflower.

Drawing 3 – Draw a sunflower with the petals still closed. It hasn’t opened yet.

Drawing 4 – Draw a sunflower where the petals are falling off because it is dying.

Here are some rough draft practice sunflower drawings that have been done by previous grade 3 students from Cambridge Primary School.

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 70

When you have finished your 4 drawings  put the numbers 1-4 on each one so I know which is which. Put your name and grade on your paper. Photograph your drawing using your device.

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 67

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 72

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Email it to me.

shelley.menhennet@education.vic.gov.au

That’s it!

Congratulations

Here are some more rough draft practice sunflower drawings that have been done by previous grade 3 students from Cambridge Primary School.

I hope you enjoyed this drawing activity. I look forward to working with you in Week 4.

Bye!

Mrs Menhennet

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 92

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 91

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 91

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 86

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grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 84

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 83

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the 2020 students sunflower practice drawings.

TYLER 3A 1

Noah 3E sun

Claire 3A sunflowers 1

Diya 3A sun

Diya 3A sun

Ansh 3A sun

Aarav 3A sun

Janessa 3B 1

Dylan 3F 1

Mahli 3A 4

Lucas 3F 1

Jose 3B 2

Noah G 3B sun

Wajiha 3C sun

Sienna 3C Sun

Jacob 3D sun

Lucy 3B sun

Erika 3A 1

Abby 3A 2

Jasper 4D 2

Mia S 3A 1

Anirudh 3B 1

Emily 3F 2

Joseph T 3A 2

Mishika 3A sun

Jack McD 3B sun

Wyatt 3B sun

Charlotte 3C sun

Ben T 3E sun

Zane 3D sun

Cooper T 3E Sunflower

Chalice 3A sun

Ariella 3A sun

Krish 3D sun

Kowkeb 3D sun

Lucy 3E sun

Reuben 3C sun

Nida 3E sun

 

 

Kryson 3F sun

Sarah 3D sun

Jaivant 3D sun

Jason 3D sun

Danuli 3F sun

Emily 3 sun

Ella 3B sun

Aanya 3A sun

Ava 3E sun

Travis 3C sun

Ikuna 3B sun

Jasmine 3F sun

Chloe 3D sun

Jasmin 3F sun

Chelsea3F sun

Noah 3E sun

Victor 3A sun .jpeg copy

Ava 3E sun

jason 3D sun

Jaivant 3 sun

Aanya G 3A sun

Claire Briones 3A sunflowers 1

Noah 3E sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 57 2015

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.

secretmuseum_vangogh2

secretmuseum_vangogh2

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

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 15

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 15

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 11

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 11

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 8

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 8

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sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 3

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 4

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

cover sunflowers for van gogh

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.

sunflowers in cambridge primary school garden 2015 14

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

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 67

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

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 85

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!

grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 59 2015

grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 59 2015

grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 47 2015

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.

grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 14 2015

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

model magic

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

paper magiclay

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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grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 16 2015

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

 

September 15

LATEST SCHOOL NEWSLETTER ARTICLE

ART ROOM NEWS

Lunchtime boss

Thank you to Heidi 2C, Lisha 2NM and Lani 2C who have been the Main Art room LUNCHTIME BOSSES during our lunchtime art sessions on Thursdays over the last few weeks. Thank you for the excellent fulfilment of your duties Heidi, Lisha and Lani, and if you would like a turn being the Main Art Room LUNCHTIME BOSS on Thursday lunchtimes just come and talk to Mrs Menhennet and I will add your name to the list!

BOOKWEEK

We have been enjoying some of the wonderful books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia for 2013, in the Art rooms. The Prep children made beautiful sunflowers for PEGGY, by Anna Walker, to follow home! I can’t wait to get them up on display. And just wait until you see the fantastic drawings the grade 1 children have done in response to the Picture Story book of the year – THE COAT by Julie Hunt!

The illustrations by Ron Brooks are wonderful and the children were mesmerised by the fantastic story!

 And do you remember last year, we read the gorgeous book, A FOREST, and made a beautiful forest display in the hallway, and I wondered why such a stunning book had been left off the 2012 Picture Book of the Year shortlist??? That was because it was shortlisted for 2013! It is quite an achievement for Marc Martin to be short listed with his first ever picture fiction book!

 

Link Link to Children’s Book Council Of Australia Book of the Year shortlists

http://cbca.org.au/Shortlist2013.htm

Link to some interactive literacy activities to do with the shortlisted books!

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~irenelesley/public_html/2013%20Short%20Listed%20Books.htm

A SECIAL REPORT BY OUR NEW REPORTER                                             AMARLEA CRAIG  2B

Hi, my name is Amarlea Craig from 2B. On the 23rd of August I went to the “Monet’s Garden” exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. There were lots of people and the gallery was very big. Some of the paintings were big and all of them were magical. My favourite painting was a round painting with water lilies in a golden frame. At the end of the exhibition we sat in a round theatre. It showed footage of Claude Monet’s house and the garden in Giverny from day to night. We saw the different rooms in the house and the garden with lots of trees and plants and the lake with the famous Japanese bridge. It was amazing and very beautiful. There was also a really cool gift shop.

 Here are some new links to websites with information and/or images of/about Claude Monet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga_dZ3fWIRM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xDUtp3vtt4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ4ivm87EcU

http://www.claudemonetgallery.org/

And here are the links I have been using in the classroom over the last few weeks including to the NGV website, information about the exhibition and Claude Monet.

http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/exhibitions/monets-garden/explore/friday-nights-at-monet

http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/monet-kids/trail/

http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/monet-kids/video-guide/

 

Art room helpers  – If you would like to help out in the Art room just come and see me and we will book a time that suits you. You don’t have to book in for the time that your child is in the Art room and you don’t need any special skills, just a willingness to help out, and some time to do it. It will give you the opportunity to experience one of our specialist programs up close! The grade 3 children are hand stitching on paper and fabric at the moment so some extra hands to help with knots and tangles during these sessions would be most appreciated.

Don’t forget the  BLOG – Have you left a comment on the Back Art Room Blog lately???

http://thebackartroomblog.global2.vic.edu.au

DONATIONS – Thank you for all the donations that keep arriving at the main art room.  We love to reuse and recycle! I cut up a pile of mostly yellow printed paper that was donated a while ago and the Prep children used this paper to make their sunflowers.  We still need –

  • NEWSPAPERS
  • Old calendars
  • Paint sample cards
  • Wallpaper offcuts and samples
  • Old CLEAN toothbrushes (they are great for adding slip to clay joins!)

Thank you!