vrijdag 22 april 2011

Prisoners in World War II


You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. ribbed cardboard
  3. pencil
  4. watercolour paint
  5. brushes
  6. jar with water
  7. black wool 
  8. glue
In Holland we rembember the victims of World War II on the 4th of May. The 5th of May we celebrate the day of liberation. In schools World War II is an important part of the history lessons. Students are always very interested in this topic.

"We had to draw one or more people in a concentration camp. Our drawings should show the fear and powerlessness of the prisoners. Most of all did well and the artworks were really beautiful. When the drawing was finished, we had to paint it with watercolour paint, using sad colours. We used black wool to make barbed wire and pasted it in front of the drawing. Finally we pasted the artworks on ribbed cardboard. It was an intense task, and it made us really think about that terrible time."


Artworks are made by students of grade 6

Thanks to Sylvia Versteeg

4 opmerkingen:

  1. I think it's really interesting to show children that their pictures not always have to be "nice" and "beautiful"... But this topic must be hard to reflect with so young students. Respect!

    This semester I have to work on "Pictures about Violence and War", because it's the topic for central exams in Lower Saxony. So my students (17-18 yrs.) have to work about it all the time. I think it's very important, because pictures about violence and war are in the media every day. But now it starts to get enough, always so serious... But look at their etchings.

    http://deutschkunst.blogspot.com/2011/04/menschen-im-krieg-radierungen-kunst.html

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  2. Wow. I'm Jewish, so this really strikes a chord with me. As a girl, there was no book more meaningful to me than The Diary of Anne Frank. I identified with her personality so much, that it made her story very personal to me.

    Anyhow, this week I'll be making silly papier-mache ice cream cones, and drawing sweet and colorful cakes (a la Wayne Thiebaud) while you are teaching your students about something really important to remember. I feel very humbled by this artwork. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. So haunting and powerful Jacquelien. How wonderful to give a creative opportunity to such a very important part of history.

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  4. This is one of the best art ideas that I've come across on a blog. The effect achieved with the dark colours is so matching to the theme of the work. The use of "barbed wire" lines is incredible. Well done! :)

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