Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Asian Lanterns Year 6

I originally got the idea from Anne's Blog  http://useyourcolouredpencils.blogspot.com/2010/07/chinese-style-lanterns.html So I wanted the students to create Cherry Blossoms.They are made entirely out of paper. After some challenging moments in the art room, we managed to make them look pretty good.

Japanese Carp Windsocks

Wikipedia meaning of Japanese Carp Windsocks -' Koinobori meaning "carp streamer" in Japanese, are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrateTango no Sekku, a traditional calendrical event which is now designated a national holiday; Children's Day. These wind socks are made by drawing carp patterns on paper. In Japan they are then allowed to flutter in the wind. They are also known as satsuki-nobori. Children's Day takes place on May 5. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honor of sons and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.'

I saw a similar idea on http://www.artprojectsforkids.org except they were made of fabric. We used light weight paper to draw the shape of the Carp fish. We used strong vibrant oil pastels and then covered them with a glitter wash. Some students found it a little challenging and I really needed to encourage them to have a go. We outlined the lines with soft white oil pastels. They look awesome in the art room. Well done everyone!

I'm loving our Asian Inspired Artwork

Miniature Japanese Screens - The Rising Sun - Year 5

We have had a successful term in Year 5/6. We have explored Asian Art and the students have thoroughly enjoyed it. The Year 5 students created these wonderful Miniature Japanese Screens. Here is the link where I got the idea from: http://www.hitentertainment.com/artattacK/minijapanesescreen.html 
I changed it a little and made it much easier. Firstly we looked at the design and practised in our visual diaries. The students used lead pencils and drew their drawings on a A4 white cartridge paper. We used oil pastels. I then cut them in 1/4s and we pasted the panels on an A3 black cartridge paper. I was very pleased with the result!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Art inspired by Joel Henriques

I saw this wonderful artwork by Joel Henriques and was inspired to turn it into an art activity for my Prep students. This week they went on an excursion to the 'Traffic School' and learnt about bike safety and rules.  

I decided to use black paper. The children used soft white oil pastels and guided them on how to draw a bicycle. It's hard to believe that these bicycles were drawn by 5 and 6 year olds.  
Next the children cut strips of coloured paper and glued them on the black paper. I encouraged them to use lots of colours and not put the same colour next to each other.
The final step was to add a sun and clouds in either coloured paper or drawn.
We had a double session and therefore the art activity was completed. I was very pleased with the result.  Well done Preps!