Grade 3/4 – Big Birds!

I first saw ‘big birds’ through another teachers Instagram page. Her classes had loved this task and I thought it would be perfect for developing students understanding of the elements of line, shape and colour and the principle of pattern.

The hardest part about this task was the preparation! I had to cut out all of the cardboard pieces. I got very sore fingers!

Each student was allocated 1-2 body parts. They were required to develop a design in their visual diary before drawing it onto their cardboard piece.

Students painted their work using acrylic paint, ensuring to use appropriate brush sizes for the smaller and larger sections.

When all of the pieces were finished I arranged and gluded the birds together using a hot glue gun.

They all looked so beautiful!

Grade 3/4 – Frida Kahlo Inspired Monkeys

Grade 3/4 students recently completed these gorgeous Frida Kahlo inspired monkey portraits.

We explored and analyzed Frida’s self portraits and learnt about the different animals she had as pets. We talked about how her pet monkeys always appeared to be protecting her in her paintings. We also observed lots of tropical plants and interesting accessories in her portraits.

Students were required to draw a monkey portrait freehand using a 4 box grid drawing technique and a step by step drawing assistance sheet.

They carefully rendered their drawing with oil pastels and created a tropical plant background.

Students then created paper sculpture flower crowns for their monkeys to represent the link back to Fridas interesting hair accessories and jewellery.

The students really enjoyed this task. It was a great project that allowed students to practice a variety of different skills – drawing, rendering with pastel and paper sculpture collage.

Paper sculpture portraits – Grade 3/4

How awesome are these paper portraits! This Unit of work was so much fun.

Grade 3/4 students used basic paper collage and paper sculpture techniques to create these artworks over three lessons.

Love these pics of the kids holding their artwork in front of their actual head!

Grade 3/4 C&D – Relief Printmaking

Grade 3/4 C&D have been learning about relief printmaking and how to create a scratch foam printing plate.

The theme for this unit of work was all things insect, spider and creepy crawly! I provided the students with some stimulous material to help them develop their own ideas and sketches. They were required to choose one of their drawings to transfer onto a piece of scratch foam. Students traced their original drawing and put the tracing paper on top of their foam plate. Then they used a pencil to draw back over the outlines of their work so it would make an impression in the foam.

Students learnt how to use a roller and barren correctly before printing their own edition of prints. Some students also created a unique background to print on and have included this in their edition.

Printmaking is one of my favourite art methods to teach! I just love watching my students faces when they lift their paper from their printing plate to eagerly observe their results.

Grade 3/4 C&D – Paper flowers

Grade 3/4 C&D students worked superbly on these paper flowers for the school concert. They carefully cut out and arranged their flower petals in a radial manner. Students learnt how to fringe and curl paper to add a sculptural element to their work. Some lovely colour combinations. A really enjoyable activity. These looked fantastic as props during the concert!

Grade 3/4 C&D – Just like Modigliani!

Grade 3/4 students have been learning about Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani and analysing the key characteristics of his portraits.

The students discussed how he used basic shapes and painted long, oval faces with stretched out necks. They also observed how the eyes, noses and mouths in Modigliani’s portraits are not positioned in the ‘right’ place.

Students used a photograph of themselves as inspiration to draw a self-portrait in the style of Modigliani. They worked with oil pastels or soft pastels to add blocks of colour and finished off their work with a black outline just like Modigliani so often did.

Such a fun activity. I love teaching this Unit of work to Grade 3/4. The kids seem to find it interesting and different and they are not afraid to have a go at drawing themselves in this quirky style. I think they enjoy the fact that these portraits are out of proportion and a bit unusual.

Grade 3/4 A&B – Relief Printmaking

Grade 3/4 A&B have been learning about relief printmaking and how to create a scratch foam printing plate.

The theme for this unit of work was all things insect, spider and creepy crawly! I provided the students with some stimulous material to help them develop their own ideas and sketches. They were required to choose one of their drawings to transfer onto a piece of scratch foam. Students traced their original drawing and put the tracing paper on top of their foam plate. Then they used a pencil to draw back over the outlines of their work so it would make an impression in the foam.

Students learnt how to use a roller and barren correctly before printing their own edition of prints. Some students also created a unique background to print on and have included this in their edition. Next week the students will be learning how to correctly label their prints and how to mount and present their favourite one.

Grade 3/4 A&B – City Buildings

 

Grade 3/4 students have been busy working on their city buildings. Students have been exploring the work of Paul Klee and the way he used colour and shape in his artworks. They have also been learning about how to create an illusion of distance and depth in an artwork by using a basic one point perspective technique and the element of tone.

The students finished artworks will be presented as a standing installation in the upcoming Art Show!

Just like Modigliani – Grade 3/4 A&B

Grade 3/4 A&B students have recently finished their Amedeo Modigliani inspired portraits. Above and below are just a few but I will be sure to photograph and upload some more. The students have done a fabulous job and they should all be very proud of their achievements during this Unit of work. These were created using chalk pastel on black card.

Key features of Modigliani’s portraits:

  • He used basic shapes and painted long, oval faces with stretched out necks
    and long limbs.
  • Eyes, noses and mouths in the faces are not positioned in the ‘right’ place.
  • His portraits were often outlined in black.
  • Sometimes the faces are tilted.