Grade 1/2 – Cyanotype Photograms

I love making photograms! If you don’t have access to an old school darkroom then cyanotypes on pre coated paper are the way to go.

Grade 1/2 students learnt how to make a photogram this week.

They were required to layout a design using a variety of everyday objects such as plastic beads, buttons, blocks etc.

After planning their composition, students were given a piece of cyanotype paper to re-place their design pieces on. They had a very limited time window as cyanotype paper reacts to UV light. Students carried a board with their paper and design on it outside and placed it in the sun for a few minutes.

When they returned to the art room they had to wash their print in water to stop the paper from developing and overexposing. I love this part. It’s when you get to see the excited and surprised looks on the students faces!

We used pre coated sun paper for this activity. It is safe and perfect for students.

Grade 1/2 – Sandra Silberzweig Inspired Portraits

Grade 1/2 students have been learning about Sandra Silberzweig and exploring the way she uses the elements of line, shape and colour in her artworks.

Students began this task by drawing in their visual diaries. They followed along together as I modeled how to draw the face. Then they had time to practice drawing their own interpretation of the face. Once confident, students drew a good copy of their line portrait and went over the outline with a black marker.

At this point, we started to learn about harmonious colours. Then, students were shown how to apply and blend soft pastels. They were asked to refer to the colour wheel to help them select groups of harmonious colours before applying pastel to their work.

Students used white pastel to add different line details to their artworks. They finished their pieces off by using a black oil pastel to go over their marker lines. This made their gorgeous, colorful work stand out superbly!

I love these pieces and thoroughly enjoyed teaching this Unit. The students had a blast and were so proud of their achievements. These kids are Grade 1/2. Amazing!!

Matisse inspired collages – Grade 1/2

Grade 1/2 students explored the cut outs and paintings of Henri Matisse. They loved standing up to point out things in his artworks that captured their attention. The children had lots of comments and enjoyed participating in the class discussion.

They drew inspiration from his cut outs, describing the organic shapes in some artworks as coral and seaweed! They loved the bright colours in the goldfish paintings.

Students drew, cut out and collaged a variety of basic and organic shapes onto a card background. They painted A4 sheets of paper with blue and orange watercolour paint. Glad wrap was applied to their blue painting to create an eye catching ripple effect.

Students used a template to help them cut out their painted fish bowl. They looked at illustrations of goldfish before drawing and cutting out their own. All of these seperate elements were combined to create these fantastic, colourful artworks!

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.