Monthly archive January, 2014
Matisse - Goldfish bowls

Matisse – Goldfish bowls

We decided to continue with the Matisse theme, so have spent the last couple of weeks creating these wonderful goldfish bowl collages based on his painting “The Goldfish” 1922. This is my take on a project I have seen on pinterest and various art ed blogs. It has taken us 2 x 50 min sessions...
Paul Klee 'Senecio' (1922)

Paul Klee ‘Senecio’ (1922)

I found this Paul Klee inspired lesson from Anne Farrell’s blog Use Your Coloured Pencils.  It was a huge success. The kids painted their paper (using rollers) at the end of the previous lesson so they could dry out properly, and started the project  the following week. The rollered orange backgrounds were a great idea...
Matisse - cut outs

Matisse – cut outs

For our first session of the new year, we looked at the work of Henri Matisse (1869-1954) – specifically his later ‘cut-out’ work. We discussed how as Matisse got older, he was no longer able to paint and began to ‘paint with scissors’.
Family Farming competition

Family Farming competition

This year the children from both my groups have entered the annual UK Childrens Fine Art Competition The theme this year is “Family Farming”. After a shaky start and huge discussion as to what “family farming” actually is, everyone entered into the spirit of the theme. We looked at loads of examples and from these...
Dear Green Place

Dear Green Place

I LOVE printmaking with the kids. Yes, it might be hard work, messy, take longer to tidy up etc. etc. BUT the results are so worth it. I am lucky that the groups I work with are small, so makes printmaking achievable. It really is a magical process. We have been using styrofoam plates from...
Highland Coos

Highland Coos

Kids did a guided drawing of a highland cow. They then outlined their drawings in black oil pastel before moving on to the beautiful (and messy!) chalk pastels to colour in their cows. They were given free rein with colour / style.
Klimt's Tree of Life

Klimt’s Tree of Life

I came across this Gustav Klimt inspired lesson on Deep Space Sparkle.  We did this project over the last 2 weeks of term before the Christmas break.
Christmas card fundraiser

Christmas card fundraiser

We were asked  to create something that could be sold at the school Christmas fair to raise money for the school playground fund. As it was last minute, I figured printmaking would be the fastest way to get the kids involved. We settled on a set of 4 cards – a reindeer, a dove, a...