maandag 27 juni 2011

Plaster mask

Made by a student of grade 6
You need:
  1. bandage plaster
  2. vaseline
  3. towel
  4. jar with water
  5. scissors
  6. canvas
  7. cloth tape
  8. tempera paint
  9. brush
  10. stuff to decorate, like feathers, stones, shells, ribbons
  11. glue
Work in groups of two students.
Show a You tube movie about making masks or read Wiki how manual. In brief students have to:
1. Put a towel around the shoulders and pull the hair off the face.

2. Coat the face well with vaseline, especially hair line, eyebrows and eyelashes.
 
3. Cut the bandage plaster in strips. Make the strips one by one wet and cover the face. Be sure the strips overlap a little. Leave the nose open.
4. Provide three layers plaster for a solid mask.

5. Remove the mask after 15 minutes.

6. Close the hole of the nose with a last plaster strip.
Outline the mask with a pencil on a canvas. Cut a hole in the canvas about 1 centimeter smaller than the mask. Push the mask through the hole from the back of the canvas and stick it to the front and back with cloth tape.
Paint the canvas and face with tempera. Decorate the artwork with feathers, ribbons, shells or strass stones.
Students of grade 6 with their masks

vrijdag 24 juni 2011

Flowers behind fence

Flowers behind fence with fingerprinted flowers, grade 1
You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. masking tape
  3. scissors
  4. tempera paint
  5. stencil brushes
  6. bubble wrap
  7. sponge strips
Create a fence with pieces of masking tape, about 2 cm from the bottom.
 
 
Cut a piece of bubble wrap that is as large as the sheet of drawing paper. Paint it with a thick brush, half blue and half green. Put the drawing sheet on top and rub with the hand, creating a bubble print. Use sponge strips (cut from an ordinary sponge) to stamp steals and leaves.
Use stencil brushes to stamp petals of use your fingers to print them. Stamp/print some flowers under the fence an between the poles of the fence. Leave the work to dry and gently pull off the masking tape.
Flowers behind fence with stamped flowers, grade 2

woensdag 22 juni 2011

Artist Trading Cards exchange with Australia


Another Artist Trading Cards, this time with Anna Pietrolungo from Essendon North Primary School in Australia.
Contact with a school contact with a school on the other side of the world is so exciting for my students! We searched the school on Google Earth, visited Anna's art blog and the school's website.
Many ohs and ahs when they saw the Australian students wearing school uniforms. That's inconceivable in the Netherlands and it took quite a time to discuss the the pros and cons (although most of my students didn't see any pro at all!).

My students made about 35 cards. Subjects and materials were their own choice. I laminated them and sent them to Australia. Hopefully their cards are almost ready, because we only have two weeks school to go before my students leave us to go to highschool!

zaterdag 18 juni 2011

In the style of Keith Haring, group work

Group work, made by students of grade 2 and 3

You need:
  1. drawing sheet A1 size 
  2. pieces of cardboard 10 by 15 cm
  3. pencil
  4. scissors
  5. glue
  6. colour markers
  7. permanent black marker 
We worked in groups of five students.
Each student draws a figure on a piece of cardboard in the style of Keith Haring: no details, movement, a figure like in a comic. Cut the figures and trace them several times with pencil on the big sheet. Working together is required!
Instructions:
- Draw not twice the same figure next to each other.
- Vary the position: upright, horizontally, diagonally. Turn the cardboard to get a mirror figure.
- Do not start in the middle, but work from the side and place the figures as close to each other.
- Outline all figures with a permanent black marker.
- Divide the intervening areas into smaller areas by straight lines drawn with black marker.
- Choose one colour per person and colour the areas with these five colours.  
- Put your signature on the work, just as Keith Haring did!

maandag 13 juni 2011

Connected shells

Warm colours, made by Emmy, grade 6

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet 20 by 20 cm
  2. colour markers
  3. fine black marker
  4. pencil
Draw a few lines on the sheet to divide the paper into sections. Draw several shells on those lines. Be sure the shells touch eachother. Trace the shells with a fine permanent black marker. Colour the sections between the shells with colour markers in warm or cool colours.
    Cool colours, made by Bjorn grade 5

maandag 6 juni 2011

Father's Day newspaper


In this lesson students make their own newspaper for Father's Day. Everyone has to make a front page with a fanciful name and three other pages. We gave them six categories (weather, sport, shownews, news from the city, a comic and a puzzle). The rest of the pages had to be filled with self chosen articles.
The articles can be written by hand or on the computer.

During this project several subjects come across: language, spelling, writing and illustrating.
But also themes like layout, headlines, editing, editor and journalist can be discussed.
We worked several weeks to complete these newspapers.

Thanks to Els Wagenaar.

donderdag 2 juni 2011

In the style of Romero Britto

Dutch tulips in the style of Romero Britto, by Malou, grade 6

This was one of my most successful lessons so far; students enjoyed it and the results were amazing: In the style of Romero Britto.

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. permanent marker
  3. colour markers
  4. ruler
Romero Britto is a Brazilian artist. He was born in 1963 in grew up an extremely modest lifestyle amongst eight brothers and sisters in Recife Brazil. His drew and painted on any scrap of newspaper or cardboard he could find and filled them with colourful images of a beautiful world.  
In 1983 Britto travelled to Europe to study the old masters. After this trip, he traveled to the USA where Pop Art was flourishing. He opened a gallery in Miami. In 1989,Absolut Vodka selected Britto to design an artwork with their famous logo. From that moment the name Britto was known to a greater public. His artwork are now represented in galleries and museums across five continents.
Paris in the style of Britto, by Emmy grade 6

Look at artwork of Britto on his gallery. Discuss the salient features: bright colours, simple shapes, the work is divided into sections that are filled with patterns, thick black outlines. Discuss how you to see the difference between the drawn picture and the background. Ask about the stylistic characteristics and where to classify this artist (Pop Art, Cubism).

The students have to make a drawing with a topic of their choice. No details, but only the main lines. Divide the drawing surface with pencil and ruler in several sections. Trace all lines with a waterproof black marker and then colour them with markers in the way Britto did.

For the background we stamped circles with toilet rolls on a coloured sheet and pasted the artwork on it.
Flowers in the styleo of Britto, by Nadia grade 6