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

May 14

GRADE 5 WEEK 6 REMOTE LEARNING 2020

GRADE 5 WEEK 6 REMOTE LEARNING

Your Famous Artwork recreation is OVERDUE!

It was due on Monday 11th May 2020!

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

Hello to all my Grade 5 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 FAMOUS ARTWORK RECREATIONS in ART!

If you are not sure about what you are supposed to do please go here.

Please photograph your artwork and  email it to me at-

shelley.menhennet@education.vic.gov.au

If you have already submitted your artwork this week or last week you can visit ANY of these websites below for Art games, activities and tours.

NGV online tours

NGV digital creatives

NGV kids

Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art Kids activities

Take an online tour at the Louvre, Paris. On this webpage there is even a VR visit of Mona Lisa.

And if you haven’t looked at what the other grade 5 and 6 students have created for their FAMOUS ARTWORK RECREATION yet go here and here and here. You will be amazed!

Have fun!

Mrs Menhennet

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 4 WEEK 4 REMOTE LEARNING CELESTIAL BODIES 2020

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 4 of remote learning already!

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

 

If you haven’t done the Week 3 activity yet please go back to 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 celestial bodies and you have drawn 4 rough drafts as well.

celestial bodies artwork

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

This week I would like to see 2 ideas for your own celestial bodies art work. You are NOT making the final art work yet. You are just working on 2 different ideas. 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?

Fold a piece of paper in half so you have two spaces.

Draw up 2 different ideas for your final art work. You can use a bit of colour this time but REMEMBER this is NOT your final piece. This is just working on two different ideas!

What art materials will you use? Are you going to draw your final piece?

Pencils? Textas? Crayons? Oil pastels? Watercolour pencils?

Do you have any paint?

What have you got at home that you can use?

Perhaps you want to try to make a 3D artwork?

Playdoh? Plasticine or modelling clay?

Or you could make salt dough? But ask your parents permission first!

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.

What else have you got that you could use?

Lego? Other construction materials?

Scrap cardboard?

Anything else?

I am not asking you to rush out and buy materials to use for this task. Use what you already have at home.

And this week you are just coming up with 2 ideas, not actually doing the final piece. Do a drawing of your idea and write down what you think you might use to make it.  Do this TWICE!

And remember, it is OKAY to change your mind!

You need to think like an artist and not see changing your mind as making a mistake, because it is NOT. It is just that you came up with a better idea!

And that’s it!

Photograph your paper, with two different ideas on it, with your device, and email it to me.

shelley.menhennet@education.vic.gov.au

I look forward to seeing your interesting ideas.

Bye!

Mrs Menhennet

Here they are!

Taimoor 4B cb2

Nash 4B cb2

Khloe 4D cb2

Kelly 4D cb2

Eliza 4C cb2

yevin 4E cb 2

Aydin 4D cb2

Cathy 4C cb2

Reshmi 4D cb2

Reshmi 4D cb2

Vanshika 4F cb2

Amelia 4E cb2

Jiya 4B cb2

Brydon 4E cb2

gavin 4D cb2

Swathi 4F cb2

Tyson 4A cb2

Mehek 4A cb2

Tahila 4C cb2

Jasper 4D cb2

Simra 4A cb@

Malakey 4F cb2

Tyrone 4F cb2

Tyrone 4F cb 2a

Abdul 4B cb2

Mehtab 4F cb2b

Mehtab 4F cb2a

 

Amelie 4E cb2

 

 

 

 

Anna 4D cb2

 

 

 

Swathi 4F cb

Jowan 4C cb2

Vivienne 4A cb2

Maddison 4E cb2

Abdul 4E cb2

Charli 4D cb2

Abdul 4B cb2

Thraya 4F CB2

Tayla 4A cb2

Martina 4B cb2

Ashvin 4E cb2

Claire 4F cb2

Neil 4A cb2

Ramsha 4D cb2

Amitoj 4A cb2

Amitoj 4A cb2a

Ramsha 4D cb2

Japreet 4D cb2

Charli 4D cb2

Jowan 4C cb2

 

Adrita 4F cb2

Shreyan 4C cb2

Ramsha 4D cb2

Amitoj 4A cb2

Amitoj 4A cb

Amitoj 4A cb2

Gavin 4 cb2

Thraya 4F cb2

Tayla G 4A cb2

Kelly 4D cb2

Nash H 4 cb2

Eliza 4C cb2

Claire 4 cb2

 

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

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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.

grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 60 2015

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.

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 72

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!

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 94

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!

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 90

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

grade 3 sunflower drawing painting 2015 81

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.

grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 48 2015

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

grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 3 2015

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.

grade 3 van gogh sunflowers painting 2 2015

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

 

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