Grade 1/2 C&D – Cyanotype Photograms

Recently, Grade 1/2 students made these gorgeous cyanotypes.

They were asked to arrange a variety of everyday objects and materials on a plain white piece of paper. Some students used the objects to resemble particular things such as trees and even spiders!

Once their composition was complete, students carefully re-positioned their objects onto a sheet of cyanotype paper. They carried their boards outside and placed them in the sun for a few short minutes. Cyanotype paper reacts to UV light.

When students took their boards back inside, they removed the objects to reveal a unique photogram. The looks and sounds of excitement amongst the students was just wonderful. They rinsed their artwork in running water to fix it into place and to stop further exposure whilst still wowing at the results.

Grade 1/2 C&D – Vincent van Gogh inspired blossom tree branches in vase

Grade 1/2 students have been exploring the artworks of Vincent van Gogh. They have been learning about the way he used line, colour and texture in his work.

Students talked about Spring and what this season looks like, sounds like and feels like. Then, using grey led pencil, they draw from observation a vase with blossom tree branches. Students used PVA glue to ‘draw’ over the outlines of their work. This was then left to dry.

When the PVA glue dried it left raised, bumpy lines throughout the artwork. These created an interesting texture and base to apply a different type of media on top. The students worked with oil pastels, drawing short and quick strokes, to replicate the painting style of van Gough. They used bubble wrap coated with paint to ‘stamp’ little blossoms onto the tree branches.

Grade 1/2 did a fantastic job creating these artworks. The students were very proud of their finished pieces.

Grade 1/2 C&D – Koi fish in the pond

For the past two weeks Grade 1/2 students have been working on these beautiful Japanese koi fish in Visual Arts.

Students learnt that people in Japan believe that the koi fish symbolizes wealth, prosperity, love, successful career and good fortune.

The Grade 1/2’s began by painting pond water using watercolour paint. Whilst the paint was still wet, I gave the students some glad wrap to place over the top of their painting. We left them to dry and when the glad wrap was removed, a ripple effect appeared in the water.

The following week, some green oil pastel was applied to the water to create pond plants. Then, on a seperate piece of paper, students drew koi fish using oil pastel. Some stencils I made assisted students to draw the koi body shape, but they added all of the fins and details themselves. Students mixed and applied watercolour paint over the top and discovered that the oil pastel resists the watercolour and creates an interesting effect. Once dry, students cut out their fish and pasted them onto the water and plant background.

This is such an engaging activity where students get to develop and practice a variety of skills. Definitely one of my favourites at the Grade 1/2 level.

Grade 1/2 C&D – Lines That Wiggle!

 

A new semester and seven new groups of students.

Such a wonderful start by Grade 1/2 C&D. I’m so impressed with their ‘Lines That Wiggle’ artworks!

This is a great task for students to begin the semester with. It’s perfect for introducing the elements of art and explaining to the students that these are the ‘ingredients’ that we use to make and create artworks. During this task students explored line in particular, but also colour and shape.

They used watercolour pencils and enjoyed transforming their work into a painting.

Grade 1/2 A&B – Autumn Trees

                     

Grade 1/2 students have been exploring the artworks of Vincent van Gogh. They have been learning about the way he used line, colour and texture in his work.

Students talked about Autumn and what this season looks like, sounds like and feels like. Then, using grey led pencil, they drew a tree on a tall black sheet of paper. Students used PVA glue to ‘draw’ over the outline of their tree. This was then left to dry.

When the PVA glue dried it left raised, bumpy lines throughout the artwork. These created an interesting texture and base to apply a different type of media on top. The students worked with oil pastels, drawing short and quick strokes, to replicate the painting style of Van Gough. They used warm, Autumn colours for their tree, and cooler colours for the sky background.

Grade 1/2 did a fantastic job creating these artworks. The students were very proud of their finished pieces. These beautiful Autumn trees will be on display in the school courtyard for the next couple of weeks.

                     

Grade 1/2 A&B – Cyanotypes

Yesterday Grade 1/2 students made these gorgeous cyanotypes.

They began by tracing two creatures of their choice using permanent marker onto a sheet of transparency. Then students created a habitat arrangement for their creatures using sticks, leaves, plants and grass from outside in the school yard.

Once their composition was complete, students carefully moved their transparency sheet with accompanying plant material onto a sheet of cyanotype paper. They carried their boards outside and placed them in the sun for a few short minutes. Cyanotype paper reacts to UV light.

When students took their boards back inside, they removed the plant material and transparency sheet to reveal a unique photogram. The looks and sounds of excitement amongst the students was just wonderful. They rinsed their artwork in running water to fix it into place and to stop further exposure whilst still wowing at the results.

All of the cyanotypes will be on display at the upcoming Art Show on Monday 22 May.

 

Grade 1/2 A&B – Frogs and microscopic pond creatures

Grade 1/2 students have been imagining what microscopic pond creatures might look like under a microscope. They have carefully examined the lines and organic shapes in their artworks and then turned them into the little bugs and creatures that lie hidden in pond water. A selection of John Olsen’s artworks have been a wonderful inspiration for this task.

As mentioned in a previous post, my students really enjoyed watching the following video:

The Hidden Life in Pond Water – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIMJWWpOrjw

Frogs, frogs, frogs! – Grade 1/2 C&D

This gorgeous little guy leaped off the drying rack today and put an instant smile on my face. Such personality!

Grade 1/2 C&D students are going to create a stamped background for their awesome little frogs. Check back in after the school holidays to see their completed artworks.

Pond life and it’s hidden creatures! – Grade 1/2 A&B

A few students were left with a light headache after blowing this blue and yellow food dye around with straws, but the results were well worth it!

The next step for these artworks is to turn the lines and organic shapes into frogs and pond creatures using fineliner. What creatures can you see hiding in these abstract artworks?

The Grade 1/2 students are exploring artworks by Australian artist John Olsen and using them as inspiration for this project. They were very impressed by his frog artworks and his use of line, shape and colour.

They also watched this fantastic video – ‘The Hidden Life In Pond Water’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIMJWWpOrjw

I am looking forward to posting the students finished artworks after the school holidays. I can’t wait to see where their imaginations take them.