dinsdag 30 mei 2023

A lesson in color theory

 You need:

  1. 4 cards of drawing paper, 10 by 7 cm
  2. pencil
  3. ruler
  4. felt tip pens of color pencils 
  5. black construction paper

Discuss de words primary and secundary colors using the color wheel.  
What are primary colors and why are they called so? What are secondary colors, how do you make them and why are they called so? What are the neutral colors? Discuss the word color nuance

What should you do?
  1. Draw a frame on the cards at 2 mm from the edge using a thin black marker.
  2. Draw a pattern of your choice on each card.
  3. Color the cards according to the terms discussed.
  4. Outline the patterns with a thin black marker.
  5. Stick the cards on a black background.
  6. Add the learned words.
Elements of art: color, line, nuance.

donderdag 25 mei 2023

Selfportrait like Roy Lichtenstein

At our school it's customary to keep artwork at school until the of the school year. Students make a portfolio in june to take their work home. 
On front of it is a drawing in the style of one of the art movements we studied that year. In 2021-2022 it was pop art. 
These are the grade 6 portfolio folders with a self portrait in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. 

You need: 
For the folder: paper A1 size, folded in half
For the drawing

  1. white drawing paper A4 size 
  2. markers
  3. skin color pencils 
  4. fine marker in black
Show artwork of Lichtenstein and discuss the important features: use of primary colors (sometimes with green), grid dots, black outlines, speech bubbles and slogans (onomatopoeia).

contents portfolio folder grade 6

  1. Draw a self portrait on the small sheet. 
  2. Add a text in a speech bubble that suits you. 
  3. Color your face using skin color pencils. Use markers for the rest of your drawing. 
  4. Fill one part of your drawing with dots. 
  5. Fill the background with a pattern. 
  6. Outline everything with a black marker. 
  7. Past e your work on the large sheet. 
  8. Draw in large letters: portfolio + you name + the school year. 

all artworks are made by students of grade 6

    zondag 21 mei 2023

    A field full of daisies

    Made by a student of grade 5

    You need:
    1. white drawing sheet A3 size
    2. tempera paint in blue, green, white, yellow and red
    3. egg boxes or saucers
    4. brushes
    5. jars with water
    6. newspapers
    7. paper towels
    8. coloured paper for background
    Daisies (bellis perennis) are, until it freezes, found in lawns. View pictures of daisies and discuss what they look like. 
    Students start to paint the grass. They have to make their own green colors by mixing blue, white and yellow. Paint the entire sheet with small vertical strokes and let dry.

    Then the daisies can be painted. In the front of the field daisies are larger  then further away. Use a small brush and a lot of paint, to make sure the green grass is really covered with the white paint of the flower. Use a different color green for the stalks or take the unmixed color green directly from the bottle. Paint the hearts of the flowers with big yellow blobs.
    Paste the artwork on a matching background.

    dinsdag 2 mei 2023

    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

    zaterdag 15 april 2023

    Cherry blossom tree

    You need:

    1. drawing sheet
    2. tempera paint in red and white 
    3. crayons
    4. liquid water color paint
    5. brush
    6. broccoli 

    Step 1
    Draw a tree with crayon.  

    Step 2
    Paint the background with diluted liquid water color paint and let dry.  

    Stap 3
    Stamp blossom with pieces of broccoli.  

    Source: www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com 

    donderdag 13 april 2023

    Tulips; spring is coming!

    You need:
    1. a bunch of tulips
    2. vases or glasses
    3. drawing paper A4 size
    4. white crayons
    5. water paint
    6. brushes
    7. jar with water
    8. colored paper for background
    9. glue

    What does a tulip look like? What can you tell about the stem and the leaves? What do the petals look like? 
    Every group gets a vase with some tulips. Students todraw a horizon line about a third from the bottom. 
    Draw tulips with a white crayon. Look carefully at the tulips in the vase. The tulips must overlap.
    Colour them with water paint, the white lines will remain. Paint the lawn and the air. Stick the artwork on a colored background.

    Painting without using your hands


    You need: 

    1. big drawing sheets
    2. brushes
    3. tempera paint
    4. liquid water color paint
    5. tape

    Painting without using your hands is quite a challenge! You can paint with your feet or mouth. We tried both. 

    Painting with your feet
    Put tables aside, newspapers on the floor and stick drawing sheets on top. Very important: take off the shoes in the hallway and leave them there 😀

    Place a container with three colors tempera paint between two students. A beautiful portrait is too much, so ask them to paint simple lines or shapes. 

    Painting with your mouth 
    This is less difficult. Cover the tables with newspapers. Place jars with diluted water color paint and brushes. Students may paint what the want. You may also give them a simple goal: paint rectangles in different colors. 

    dinsdag 11 april 2023

    Japanese cherry blossom on a plate

    You need:

    1. paper plates
    2. acrylic paint: brown, green, red, white
    3. brush
    4. crepe paper: pink, white, red
    5. glue 
    This lesson about the Japanese cherry blossom is an old one, but now the blossoms are made on a paper plate. Too pretty to use for dinner! 
    Branches are painted, leaves too. Not too big, because leaves only grow well when the blossoms are gone. 
    Blossom is partly painted and partly made of crumpled crepe paper. 

    vrijdag 31 maart 2023

    April showers will bring us flowers

    You need:
    1. white drawing sheet
    2. water colour paint
    3. ruler
    4. white crayon or oil pastel
    5. paint brush
    6. water
    Characteristicly Dutch weather in spring is a weather type with showers, alternated with sunny periods. We call those typical spring showers 'Maartse buien' (March Showers), while English meteorologists speak about 'April showers who bring us flowers'. 

    In this lesson children draw spring flowers (tulips, daffodils etc.) during a rain shower.
    Sketch some spring flowers on a white sheet. Make sure your lines are extremely thin. Use your ruler to draw white crayon lines with one centimeter between them. Make sure your crayon has a sharp point. Paint your drawing with watercolour paint. Use a lot of water to make bright colours. The crayon will resist the water paint, so your shower will be very clear!

    donderdag 30 maart 2023

    Like 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. But hello copycats: Britto never painted tulips! So please don't copy this lesson (I saw a lot of them already on artblogs Pinterest), but create one yourself. Or at least: mention your source, kidsartists.blogspot.com! 

    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

    Op art around an eye

    You need: 

    1. drawing sheet 20 by 20 cm
    2. ruler
    3. pencil
    4. post it 
    5. black markers

    Step 1
    Draw an eye in the middle. 
    Draw lines from the eye to the edges. Important: this must be an EVEN number of lines, otherwise you won't be able to color a checkerboard pattern later.  

    Step 2
    Put a post-it on the eye. Be sure there will be place for another one later.  Draw dots on the cornors with a pencil and connect them.  

    Step 3
    Do the same on another part of the sheet. 

    Step 4
    Trace all lines with a fine black marker. Draw alternately dots in the shapes that must become black. Color them with a bigger black marker

    Stap 5
    Color the iris of the eye with pencil. 

    woensdag 29 maart 2023

    Animals in spring like Hans Innemee

    by students of grade 1-2
    You need:

    1. grey construction paper 21 bij 21 cm 
    2. oilpastels
    This lesson is for grade 1-2. In 2012 I wrote a lesson for grade 3-4 about Hans Innemee. 

    Hans Innemee (1951) is a Dutch artist. View artwork of him with the students. Discover the small stories in his work. Can you tell a small story while looking at these two birds? 

    Discuss the artworks: 
    1. subject: animals
    2. few colors
    3. frame
    4. simple background
    Task for today: draw young animals in spring. Color them with oilpastels. Outline with black around the drawing. 

    dinsdag 28 maart 2023

    Athletes in motion

    You need:

    1. colored construction paper
    2. white drawing sheet 
    3. paperclips
    4. scissors
    5. cutting mat and cutting knife
    6. glue
    7. marker
    8. photo of an athlete 
    Print a silhouette of an athlete. Put the colored sheets together with the printed athlete on top. Fix with paper clips. 
    Cut out the athlete, and the colored sheets at the same time. Keep moving the paperclips to be sure the four sheets stay together. Use a cutting knife for areas the scissors can't reach.
    Make a composition that suggests movement and stick the athletes on the white sheet. Use an marker to fill the background with patterns. 

    Thanks to A faithfull attempt for this great lesson. 

    zondag 5 februari 2023

    Art Noveau tiles


    You need: 

    1. colored paper 10 by 10 cm
    2. linoleum 10 by 10 cm
    3. colored cardboard karton 25 bij 25 cm
    4. carbon paper
    5. lino knife
    6. flat piece of glass
    7. block printing ink
    8. lino roller
    9. lino press
    10. glue
    Art Nouveau or Jugendstil is an art style that was practiced from 1890 and abruptly stopped with the start of World War 1 in 1914.  t die werd beoefend vanaf circa 1890 en abrupt stopte met de start van WO1 in 1914. 

    Art Noveau was mainly applied to everyday products (for emample furniture, glassware, jewellery), in architecture, graphic art and painting. Artists were inspired by nature: patterns with birds, flowers, plants. clouds, rocks, women.  Graceful moving lines express emotion. 

    Show Art Noveau tiles: with 2 mirror lines or tiles that form a tableau in a group of 4. 


    Explain we are going to print tiles of 20 by 20 cm with linoleum and ink. Ask how you can print an entire tile with an piece of linoleum from only 10 cm: by turning the same stamp 90 degrees each time you make a print.  
    Explain how a two-color print works: information here.

    What should you do?
    Step 1: Draw a quart of a tile on a sheet. 
    Step 2: Copy the drawing with the carbon paper on the linoleum. 
    Step 3: Cut the background away: the image remains.   
    Step 4: Make 8 prints on sheets of 10 by 10 cm and let dry.
    Step 5: Wash the linoleum and let dry. 
    Step 6: Cut extra details out of the image.
    Step 7: Print on the previous prints with a different color.   
    Step 8: Choose the best prints. Stick them on the cardboard while making a quarter turn each time. 

    All artwork is made by students of grade 6. 

    vrijdag 3 februari 2023

    Self portrait like Alphonse Mucha

    You need:
    1. portrait photo of yourself
    2. white drawing sheet
    3. brown and grey construction paper
    4. color pencil
    5. gold pencil
    6. scissors
    7. glue
    Alphonse Mucha
    Alphonse Mucha (Czech republic, 1860-1939) is an Art Nouveau artist. Graceful women,  shapes from nature, soft colors and stylized letters  en  are the basis of his work.
    In 1887 he moves to Parijs, at that time the center of the modern world: a vibrant night life, modern department stores, wide boulevards with artificial lights that illuminate the city  after sunset. Mucha isn't quite succesfull by then, but that changes when he gets his first assignment: a poster for the  v theater show Gismonda with the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt. Mucha paints a lifesize poster of a beautiful woman surrounded by stylized flower patterns and graceful lines. With this poster Mucha establishes his name as an artist  and is assured of sufficient work in the years that follow. His posters turn Paris into an open-air museum with art for everyone to see. 
    Show some artwork of Mucha and discuss them: graceful wavy lines, organic shapes, no bright colors.

    Draw the picture of yourself  and color it with pencils. Cut out and stick on brown paper. Decorate the background with organic shapes using a gold color pencil. Cut a frame for you portrait and stick it on your artwork.  

    Artworks are made by students of grade 5 and 6.