woensdag 26 mei 2010

Connected fish

You need:
  1. drawing paper A4 size
  2. colour pencils
  3. black fine maker
  4. waterpaint
  5. brushes

This task seemed easier than it was ... :) Draw some simple fish, consisting of only a body and tail. See example. Some fish must overlap. Then the contour lines of the fish have to be widened to one cm. Draw and erase the overlapping fish to make the lines go up and down. Colour the contour lines firmly and colour the inside of the fish lightly with the same colour. Draw patterns with a fineliner. Paint the background with dilluted waterpaint. You may also cut out the fish. Create a sea landscape on a blue sheet and paste the fish between water plants.

Made by students of 11 years old

woensdag 19 mei 2010

Butterflies like Peter Callesen

You need:
  1. white copypaper (80 grams) A4 size
  2. coloured paper for background
  3. pencil
  4. cutter
  5. cutting mat
  6. glue

Peter Callesen (born in 1967) is a Danish artists who cuts artworks out of simple white sheets of copypaper. He uses the two-dimensional paper with three-dimensional shapes. This 3D shapes pop up from the sheet of or fall out. He doesn't add anything, just uses the plain sheet. The three-dimensional figures who seem to appear, are made from the same background.

Look at pictures of Callesen's work on his website www.petercallesen.com and discuss them with the students. See especially the work 'Hunting', on which you see a butterfly and a spider popping up from the paper. Discuss how this butterfly is attached to the background. Are there other possibilities for the butterfly to come out of the paper? The body may be stuck, but also part of a wing. By using different ways, you get variety in your work.

Detail: butterfly whose body still stuck.

The children scetch a small number of butterflies on their white sheet. Let them not draw intricate wings, because the animals must be cut out and that is hard enough! put double lines on the places that are not to be cut. Choose different options for the butterflies: let the body be stuck, or the the lower wings.

Cut the paper butterflies carefully. Take care that your specified 'fixed' parts are not to be cut. Paste the work on a coloured background, but do not glue behind the butterfly. Fold the butterfly wings something up, to be sure they are free of the paper and the background is clearly visible.

Made by a student of 11 years old

dinsdag 18 mei 2010

Op art in complementary colours

You need:
  1. drawing paper 14 by 14 cm
  2. ruler
  3. pencil
  4. piece of cardboard, 6 by cm
  5. markers
  6. black paper for background
  7. scissors
  8. glue

Check during the introduction of this lesson what students already know about primary and secundary colours. What are the primary colours? How do you make secondary colours out of them?

Show a picture of the colour circle and tell about complementary colours: the colours who are opposite to eachother in the colour circle. Blue and orange, yellow and purple, greed and red.

Divide the drawing sheet in four squares of 7 by 7 cm. Cut a shape from a piece of cardboard and trace it four times in the squares. Draw vertical lines with a pencil with 1 cm between them. Colour the shapes and backgrounds like a checkerboard with complementary colours and one in black and white. Cut the squares and paste them on a black sheet.

zondag 16 mei 2010

Colourful chicken

Made by Danjel, 12 years old

You need:
  1. drawing paper A3 size
  2. oil pastel
  3. tempera
  4. brushes
  5. coloured paper for background
Children draw a horizon line on their paper. Then they draw a big chicken, partly below the horizon. They have to colour it with oil pastels in bright colours. Paint the background with diluted tempera paint.

woensdag 12 mei 2010

Comic strip hero

You need:
  1. picture of a comic hero on A6 size
  2. drawing paper A3 size
  3. ruler
  4. pencil
  5. markers or colour pencils
  6. scissors and glue
  7. coloured paper for background

Ask kids to bring a picture of their favorite comic strip hero. Bring it back or enlarge it to A6 size on a copier. Create a 1 cm on the picture using a ruler and a pencil. Number each square starting across the top from the left corner.

Draw a 2 cm grid on the large drawing sheet. Number in the same fashion all the squares. Begin drawing the line created by the picture in each square. Sometimes it helps to go over the outline of the head with a pencil so you can see the line clearly. As you do this the head will begin to show up as an exact copy of the picture. Finish the drawing this way. Use colour pencils or markers to colour it. Outline everything with a black marker.

All works are made by children of 10-11 years old

vrijdag 7 mei 2010

Dutch flower bulb fields

You need:

  1. white drawing sheet from 20 by 10 cm
  2. markers
  3. fine black marker
  4. ruler
  5. pencil
Situated less than 30 miles from Amsterdam, the town of Lisse is widely regarded as the center of Holland's bulb district. Each spring, the area's sandy coastal plain becomes a sprawling blanket of fantastic color as millions of Dutch tulip, hyacinth and daffodil bulbs emerge in perfect rows. Show the kids pictures of these fields like these. Google on 'bollenveld'.

Draw a horzion line about 2 cm from the upper edge. Put a dot in the middle of this line, the vanishing point. Draw lines from the bottom and sides towards that vanishing point. Colour the bulb fields with bright colours. Colour walkways between the bulb fields. Colour the sky. Draw with a black fineliner some buildings on the horizon, like farms, windmills etc.

zaterdag 1 mei 2010

Hidden butterflies

You need:

  1. white drawing paper A4 size tempera paint
  2. brushes jar with water
  3. paper towels
  4. glue
  5. scissors

Divide the paper with small stripes in different sections. Colour the sections with mixed colours using two different colours tempera and white. In the example is chosen for red and blue and white, resulting in different tints of purple and pink. Do not dilute the paint, to be sure to get bright colours.

Fold a second drawing sheet and draw one or more butterflies against the fold. Cut these butterflies. Paint them in the same colours as the background, leaving an edge from 1 cm white. When dry, paint white stripes around the body of the butterfly and around the decorations.

Paste the background on a larger piece of white paper. Then paste the butterflies. Paste only the body and fold the wings a bit up for a 3d effect.

Made by children of 10 years old