Saturday, September 24, 2011
I found some images of zentangles on the Internet a few weeks ago and I thought that they would make a great art lesson. I printed some images and took them to school with me. I used them in a Year 3 class first and they loved creating them. Many of them told me that they went home that night and created more zentangles. They are easy to draw and they are also very relaxing.
To begin the lesson I showed the children some videos on YouTube on how to create zentangles. Then we had a look on Google Images for some inspiration. I did a quick demonstration and off they went to create their own. We used black texta and white paper but you could also use coloured texta. I told my class to start in one section of the paper and move out from there. Don't begin in one section of the paper and move to another section. The zentangle has to grow from one position.
I have used zentangles in Kindergarten right through to Year 6 and now when I tell my classes that we are going to be doing some art they all ask if they can do more zentangles.
Here are some of the zentangles that a Year 3 class produced. I think they are wonderful.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I recently taught a whole-day visual art workshop for gifted and talented Years 5 and 6 students. I started the day off with some Stefan Bucher ink spot monsters. They were a huge success. I began the lesson by showing the children some YouTube videos of Bucher creating his daily monsters. This made them really excited to begin. I used black ink and straws cut down to approximately 60mm lengths. I used a paint brush to place a small blob of ink on the paper and then I demonstrated how to blow the ink across the paper with the straw. Black markers in various thicknesses were then used to draw the monsters. I think the results were impressive.
Monday, July 26, 2010
This art lesson involves children drawing and painting a pirate ship using step by step instructions. I drew this pirate ship after I read Pamella Allen's book 'I Wish I had a Pirate Suit' to my Yr 1 class.
- White art paper
- Graphite pencils
- Black waterproof markers (thin and thick)
- Watercolour paints
Use a graphite pencil to draw the shape of the boat. I used a waterproof black marker over the top of the graphite but this step should be left until the entire boat is drawn (see step 5).
Step 2: Add the mast, flagpole and flag.
Step 3: Add the sail and the flag. Draw the skull and cross bones on the flag and attach the sail to the boat.
Step 4: Draw the anchor and windows.
Step 5: Use the thin and thick black markers to draw over the pencil lines and add some waves and birds. Use watercolour paints to add colour to the drawing.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
My art tutor at university taught me this simple art lesson. I used it once when I was on prac with a Year 6 class. They really enjoyed it and thought that all of their names looked like little aliens.
- white paper
- black or coloured paper to mount the finished artwork on
- paint/coloured pencils/crayons etc for decorating
- graphite pencils
Step 1: Fold a piece of paper in half and have students write their names on one side. The bottom of the letters should sit just above the fold line.
Step 2: Draw another line around the edge of the letters so that the letters become joined. Don't forget to draw inside letters such as 'o' etc. I have drawn this line in green.
Step 3: While the paper is still folded cut around the outer line. Students may need help with the internal parts of letters such as 'o' and 'e' etc. Make sure students make small cuts at the base of the letters along the fold line. When finished, open the paper out so students can begin decorating their name cut-outs.
Step 4: Decorate as desired and mount onto a darker sheet of paper or card for display.
This is an example of one of my student's name cut outs.
Monday, April 19, 2010
This lesson involves children painting a background, impressing an image, colouring, cutting, arranging and gluing. Click on the image above to see the imprint more closely.
- 2 sheets of white art paper per student
- blue acrylic paint
- stylus, biro or knitting needle to impress the image
- coloured pencils
- black texta
- photocopy of Autumn leaf illustration for each student.
Step 1: Have students paint the background on one of the sheets of art paper. I used blue acrylic paint thinned with a little water. Put the background aside to dry while the students work on their leaves.
Step 2: Students will need to place their art paper on a soft surface. I used layers of newpaper. Lay the leaf drawing over the top of the second piece of art paper. Use an implement such as a biro to trace over the leaves so that an imprint is left on the art paper beneath. They will need to press fairly heavily but must be careful not to tear the paper.
Step 3: Use coloured pencil to rub over the leaf imprints. Use the side of the pencil rather than the tip and autumn colours such as red, orange, brown, yellow, purple and some green. Tell the students to take their colouring past the edge of each leaf.
Step 4: Cut around the edges of the leaves and have students arrange them on the background that was painted earlier. Glue into position.
Step 5: Use a black texta to outline around the edge of each leaf.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This is a simple art lesson where students can organise and interpret the subject matter in their own way. Provide diagrams and photos of various beetles and insects for students to observe.
- white and/or black art paper
- watercolour paints and/or pastels
- graphite pencils and/or white pencils
- thin black texta for outlining watercolor
Demonstrate how to draw a simple beetle.
Step 1: Draw a simple egg shape with a graphite pencil. (I have used a black marker so that it is easier for you to see.)
Step 2: Add a small shape on the top of the egg to form a head and draw a curved line across the egg shape.
Step 3: Add some eyes and divide the egg shape with a 'Y' shaped line.
Step 4: Add six legs and some antennae.
Step 5: I have drawn a few different beetles on some black paper using a white pencil. Encourage students to experiment with different shapes and compositions.
Step 6: When students are happy with their drawings they can add colour either with pastel or with watercolour paints as illustrated below. Coloured pencils, textas and oil pastels could also be used.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
This art lesson was inspired by the illustrations in Eric Carle's book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar.'
- oil pastels
- white art paper
- blunt implements to scratch into the surface of the oil pastel. I used a coloured pencil but the back of a paintbrush is also useful.
Step 1: Use pale coloured oil pastels to begin building up an underlayer of pastel.
Step 2: Use darker oil pastels to cover the underlayer.
Step 3: Use an implement such as the back of a paint brush to scratch an illustration into the surface.