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.