zaterdag 16 oktober 2010

Awesome alphabet

Made by students of grade 6

You need:

  1. drawing paper A6 size (postcard)
  2. markers
  3. fine black marker
  4. black cardboard
  5. glue
Arrange which students makes which letter of the alphabet. The I and J have to be drawn on one sheet, to make a group work of five by five drawings. Each student draws one big letter, with about 1 cm free space around. Colour the letter as you like, using patterns. Colour the background as well. Outline the letter and the details with a fine black marker. Make sure the letter 'pops up' from the background, by choosing different colours and patterns. Paste all letters on a big black cardboard, five by five with 2 cm space between them.

Group work 'Awesome alphabet'

woensdag 13 oktober 2010

Photo fun

You need:
  1. copy of a photo of the student in black/white, A4 size
  2. coloured construction paper A4 size
  3. ruler
  4. scissors
  5. glue

Take a digital photo of each student and print in black and white on A4 paper. Students draw on the back of the picture horizontal lines with 2 cm space between them. Cut the lines. Paste the strips with half a cm between the on the coloured paper.

With the name of the student and his birthday under the arwork, this is a nice birthday calendar for in the classroom.

dinsdag 12 oktober 2010

Reflected canal houses

You need:

  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. white crayons
  3. watercolour paint
  4. brushes
  5. jar with water
Dutch canal houses are famous for their facades: stepped gable, neckgable, bell gable, clockgevel or spoutgable. Draw those five gables on the blackboard and discuss them. Search the internet for photographs of canal houses or let the students search them (search canal house or grachtenhuis).

Draw a line at 12 cm from the bottom of the sheet. Draw some low canal house with a white crayon. Draw windows, treps and doors in them. Paint every house with a different colour of watercolour paint. The crayon will resist the paint and become visible. Paint a simplified reflection of the house under the line. Paint water and air.

zondag 10 oktober 2010

Learning letters

Made by a student of 7 years old

You need:
  1. drawing sheet 20 by 20 cm
  2. crayons
  3. liquid watercolour
  4. brushes
  5. jar with water

Draw a 5 cm grid and copy it on drawing sheets. Give every student a grid sheet. Students use crayons to write big handwriting letters in the squares. Trace the lines of the squares with crayon too using one colour. Paint the squares with liquid watercolour.

In Holland we call those letters 'lusletters', 'letters with loops' if I translate is. The first letters children learn, at the same time as they start learning to read, are called 'blokletters'. Block letters?

How do you call those letters? Blockletters? Writing letters? Who can help me?

maandag 4 oktober 2010

Calligram

Our Dutch calligrams; do you recognize the meaning?

You need:
  1. drawing sheet A6 size (postcard size)
  2. pencil
  3. fine black marker

A calligram is a phrase or word in which the typeface, calligraphy or handwriting is arranged in a way that creates a visual image. The image created by the words expresses visually what the word or words say.

Show some calligrams on the smartboard. Discuss them with the students. How was the calligram made? What word(s) do you see? What kind if image is it? Students choose something they want to draw. With a pencil they draw the outlines of it on a sheet. Using a fine marker they write their drawing full with the words that belong to it. Erase the pencil lines when the ink has dried. There are two ways to do it: fill the drawing completely with words, or write the words only on the outlines of the drawing.

Sometimes it is better, and/or nicer, to colour your calligrams. In the example above, the food calligram, you won't probably recognize the food on the plate. With some colour (colour pencils) it is clear! The butterfly is coloured with coloured ink.

zaterdag 2 oktober 2010

Word art

You need:

  1. drawing sheet A6 size
  2. colour pencils or markers
  3. black fine marker

Each student selects a words to illustrate. The design for the word must reflect what the word represents. Someone who doesn't know the meaning of the word, has to understand what it means by looking at the design of it.

Use colour pencils or markers to colour the letters of the word. Use a fine black marker to outline the letters.

Well: although you don't know the meaning of the Dutch words in the examples my students made, you'll know what they mean thanks to the design! If not, they did a bad job?

Made by students of 11-12 years old

woensdag 29 september 2010

Fine lines

You need:

  1. black construction paper 20 by 12 cm
  2. coloured construction paper A4 size
  3. pencil
  4. ruler
  5. scissors
  6. cutter and cutting mat
  7. glue

This lesson is about lines. What kind of lines do you know? Straight, wavy, curved, bumpy, broken, spiral, zig-zag. Discuss different types of lines and let students draw examples on the blackboard.

Draw with a pencil nine different lines on the black paper with 2 cm between them. Cut the sheet carefully following the lines and place the individual pieces in cut order on the coloured paper. Draw with a pencil on the left and bottom of the colored sheet lines on 1 cm from the side. Paste the first black strip on the coloured sheet against the drawn lines. Paste the other strips with about a half cm space between them against the pencil line left.

When all stripes are pasted, cut at the top and right the excess coloured paper away leaving a frame of 1 cm.

zondag 26 september 2010

Tumbling blocks

Even though I'm not a fan of colouring pages, this one was a hit in my classroom! You need:
  1. printed sheet with tumbling blocks
  2. markers

I downloaded a sheet with tumbling blocks on Incompetech, a site full of free downloadable graph papers. Students had to choose three colours markers to colour the blocks. When finished, cut the drawing and paste it on a coloured background.

vrijdag 24 september 2010

There's a ghost in my bedroom!

Made by Maarten, 11 years old

You need:

  1. white drawing paper A5 size
  2. indian ink
  3. dip pen
  4. pencil
  5. paper towel
  6. black paper for background

Help, there are ghosts in my bedroom! Behind the wardrobe, Achter de kast, under the bed, under the rug.... Sketch your room with a pencil: bed, wardrobe, toys, window, door. Draw ghosts on several places. Trace the drawing with indian ink. Leave the ghosts white, and fill the rest of the drawing in with various textures. Look for a lesson on texture at this link: Exercise in drawing texture. Paste the drawing on a black sheet.

Made by Floor, 11 years old

donderdag 23 september 2010

Mirror faces

You need:

  1. white drawing paper A4 size
  2. ruler
  3. pencil
  4. markers
Which facial expressions do you know? How do you draw the expression of a face? Talk about faces and emotions and show students with pictures or quick drawings how faces can change with certain emotions. Consider the state of the mouth, eyes and eyebrows. Divide the sheet into four sections by drawing three diagonal lines from top to bottom to bottom. Then draw a diagonal line from about the middle of the short side to the first vertical line. Do the same to the second line, third line and go through to the other short side of the sheet. See picture a.

Picture a.
Then pull vertical diagonal lines from top to bottom; be sure the lines go right through the middle of the sections. See picture b.

Picture b.

Draw the half of a face to the red line of the first upper left section and draw the mirror image on the other side of the red line. Choose two colours markers. Colour the facial parts of one half. Colour the background or the other half, leaving the facial parts white. Draw another face in the section below and colour it as written above, but change coloured in white. See picture c.

Picture c.

Finish the drawing and draw as many facial expressions as you know. Colour everything, alternating white and colour as a checkerboard. See picture d.

Picture d.

zondag 19 september 2010

Magnificent magnifier

You need:

  1. drawing sheet A4 size
  2. colour pencils
  3. coloured paper for background
  4. magnyfying glass

Give students a magnifying glass and send them out to look how things increase looking through it. How does a blade of grass look through the magnifier? Or tree bark? Leaves? Flowers? Insects?

For this lesson children draw something from nature. Part of the drawing has to be seen through a magnifying glass. This magnifying glass will actually be drawn too. That what is seen through the magnifying glass, has obviously to be much more detailed as the environment.

zaterdag 18 september 2010

Stained glass spiderweb

You need:

  1. black construction paper 15 by 15 cm
  2. transparant drying glue
  3. pencil
  4. ruler
  5. metallic markers

Draw a horizontal and vertical line through the middle of the paper. Draw two diagonal lines too. Trace these lines with transparent drying glue. Draw circles with the glue around the middle. Then draw glue circles around the center, each with one centimeter space between them. Waint until the glue has dried and colour the spaces between the lines with metallic markers. Trace the glue lines with a silver marker.

woensdag 15 september 2010

Birds in the style of Corneille (2nd lesson)

This lesson about Corneille is almost the same as the lesson I posted a few days earlier. However, drawings in this lesson are made with oilpastels by students in a lower grade. You need:
  1. white drawing paper A4 size
  2. oil pastels
  3. coloured ink
  4. brushes
  5. jar with water
  6. coloured paper for background
  7. glue or stapler
Life and work of Corneille
Guillaume Cornelis Beverloo (1922 - 2010), Corneille, was a Dutch artist who is born in Belgium and died this month in France. He is buried in the same cemetery as Vincent van Gogh, a painter who was highly admired by Corneille. As a painter Corneille is an autodidact. In his early years, he painted realistic: still lifes, people and landscapes.
In 1948 Corneille was involved in the creation of the CoBRA Group, a group of Danish (Copenhagen), Belgian (Brussels) and Dutch (Amsterdam) artists. Even writers and poets belong to the CoBRA group. The artists' group leaves only three years, but has been the basic for the work of Corneille. According to Corneille, the CoBRA artists want to express themselves on a expressionistic way, like children, by playing unprejudiced with colours and shapes.
Since 1950 Corneille lived and worked in Paris. His paintings are bright and colourful. The sun, women, paradise, trees and birds are recurring elements. He is particularly fond of birds. His artist name Corneille is French for 'crow'.
What to do?
Show examples of Corneille's work on the digital board. What issues do you often see in his paintings? What do you notice about his style? Discuss the salient features: bright colours, thick black outlines, few details, painted as if it was made by a child, an image that sometimes is not complete (missing parts at the edges).
Draw the outline of a bird with a black crayon and make sure this animal reaches at three edges of the sheet: it should be big! Colour the bird in bright colours and/or patterns. Paint the background with deluted blue ink. Glue or staple the drawing on a coloured sheet.
All artworks made by students of grade 3

maandag 13 september 2010

Report of my holiday

You need:

  1. white drawing sheet A3 size
  2. colour pencils
  3. markers
  4. atlas

At the beginning of a new year in school children often make a drawn report of their holiday. Where have you been? Where is that area of country? Which language is spoken there? What What currency is used? What have you done there? Where did you stay? To which sites have you been? What else did you do there?

The mission is: make a drawn holiday report and write interesting information in your drawing.

Both works are made by students of 11 years old

zaterdag 11 september 2010

In the style of Corneille

You need:
  1. white drawing paper A3 size
  2. tempera paint
  3. brushes
  4. paper towels
  5. jar with water
  6. coloured paper for background
  7. glue or stapler
Life and work of Corneille
Guillaume Cornelis Beverloo (1922 - 2010), Corneille, was a Dutch artist who is born in Belgium and died this month in France. He is buried in the same cemetery as Vincent van Gogh, a painter who was highly admired by Corneille. As a painter Corneille is an autodidact. In his early years, he painted realistic: still lifes, people and landscapes. In 1948 Corneille was involved in the creation of the CoBRA Group, a group of Danish (Copenhagen), Belgian (Brussels) and Dutch (Amsterdam) artists. Even writers and poets belong to the CoBRA group. The artists' group leaves only three years, but has been the basic for the work of Corneille. According to Corneille, the CoBRA artists want to express themselves on a expressionistic way, like children, by playing unprejudiced with colours and shapes. Since 1950 Corneille lived and worked in Paris. His paintings are bright and colourful. The sun, women, paradise, trees and birds are recurring elements. He is particularly fond of birds. His artist name Corneille is French for 'crow'.

What to do?
Show examples of Corneille's work on the digital board. What issues do you often see in his paintings? What do you notice about his style? Discuss the salient features: bright colours, thick black outlines, few details, painted as if it was made by a child, an image that sometimes is not complete (missing parts at the edges).
In this lesson, students may only sketch very briefly, to avoid drawing to many details and to force them to work big. Allow them to scetch with a pencil for only 5 minutes. Children can also choose to sketch with a narrow brush and light yellow paint. This will automatically result in working big with little details. The yellow lines can easily be painted with different colours later.
Sketching with yellow paint
Scetch the outline of a cat or a bird and make sure this animal reaches at least three edges of the sheet: it should be big! Paint the animail in bright colours and/or patterns. Paint the background too. Leave the work to dry and outline everything using a narrow brush and black paint. Paint with black letters your name somewhere at the work, just like Corneille did. Glue or staple the painting on a coloured sheet.
All artworks made by students of 11 years old

dinsdag 7 september 2010

A picture in pieces

In this lesson students have to copy a piece of a very detailed drawing by using a viewing window. The main issue in this lesson is texture. This lesson is a continuation of 'Exercise in drawing texture'.

You need:

  1. detailed pen-and-ink drawing (download)
  2. pencil
  3. ruler
  4. paperclips
  5. drawing paper
  6. indian ink
  7. dip pen
  8. paper towel
  9. coloured cardboard
  10. cutter and cutting mat
  11. glue

Step 1

Give students half A4 sheet of stiff paper. Draw somewhere in the middle of the sheet a square of 5 by 5 cm and cut it out: this is your viewing window. Measure securely! The square doesn't necessarely have to come in the middle of the sheet, because it will only be used as a viewing window.

Step 2

Give students a sheet of white paper and tell them to draw two or three squares of 5 by 5 cm with some space between them. Students can use the mold from step 1, but measuring and drawing may be a good exercise too. (The squares will be cut at the end of the lesson, so the space between them is not so important.)

Detailed pen-and-ink drawing, click to enlarge

Step 3

Now each student has a viewing window and a drawing sheet with two or three squares on it. Give stuents a copy of the detailed house drawing (or search another drawing yourself) and two paperclips. The mission is: search with the viewing window a piece of the drawing you like most. Fix the viewing window with paperclips on the pen drawing and copy that piece as accurately as possible with indian ink in a square on the drawing sheet. Than copy one or two other pieces.

Step 4

Cut the drawings and paste them on one or more layers of coloured cardboard.

Made by children of 11/12 years old

maandag 6 september 2010

Exercise in drawing texture

You need:

  1. white drawing paper
  2. ruler
  3. pencil
  4. indian ink
  5. dip pen
  6. coloured paper
  7. glue

Tell students about texture: the way something is made, how the surface feels and what structure looks like. Let them feel several textures: the wall, an orange, stuffed animal etc. Discuss how texture can be drawn. A wall is not so difficult, but how do you draw texture in an orange? And how would you draw texture in a stuff animal?

Students draw six squares from 5 by 5 cm on their sheet using a ruler and pencil. Draw with indian ink six different textures in the squares. Cut the squares and make a composition of them on a coloured paper.

zaterdag 4 september 2010

Exercise in colour mixing

You need:

  1. white drawing sheet A3 size
  2. yellow, red and blue tempera paint
  3. brushes
  4. pencil
  5. ruler

Purpose of this lesson to learn students how to make secondary colours. Show Itten's colour circle and discuss it. Tell about primary and secundary colours and show how to make the secundary colours.

Students make a simple drawing on their sheet. In this lesson is chosen for a still life of vases , but you can also opt for houses. After this a 5 cm grid has to be drawn using pencil and ruler. The squares of the objects are painted with primary colours red, yellow and blue; be sure there is never the same color next to each other. The background squares are painted with the secondary colours orange, purple and green. Again: alternate, not the same colour next to each other. To avoid errors, it is useful to write the first letter of the colours in the squares before painting.

dinsdag 31 augustus 2010

Wavy waves

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. markers
  3. coloured paper for background
  4. glue
  5. scissors
Draw on a white sheet with pencil four wavy lines from left to right.

Then draw five wavy lines from top to bottom.

Draw a cross of slightly wavy lines in each square.

Choose three colours and colour the triangles: one colour for the bottom triangles of the squares, another colour for the left triangles and a third colour for the triangles on the right. The upper triangle in a square is always white. This is the foamy head of the wave!

Cut a slightly wavy line on the left, right and bottom of the drawing. Cut a strip of the upper triangles away. Paste the work 'wavy' on a coloured sheet.

zaterdag 28 augustus 2010

Name tag in the style of Paul Klee

You need:

  1. white drawing sheet, 15 by 21 cm (A5 size)
  2. pencil
  3. ruler
  4. eraser
  5. markers

This is a great lesson for the beginning of the school: a name tag in the style of painter Paul Klee. This drawing can also be used for the birthday calendar that each group makes at the beginning of the school year.

Paul Klee

Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) is a German/Swiss painter. His work belongs to the modern art. Klee developed mainly as an autodidact and left more than 9000 artworks. In 1912 he saw the work of Picasso and Malevich, and he met Robert Delaunay, who believed colour is the most important element in a painting. After a trip to Tunisia in 1914 Klee started to paint more colorful and abstract. He painted many subjects : landscapes, portraits, animals, mythology, mysterious machines. In his work he combined abstract and figurative shapes. Klee 's work cannot be described in one single word. Surrealism, cubism, abstraction are terms which are applicable to his paintings. He is classified by expressionism. (Source: Wikipedia)

Lesson

Show some artworks of Paul Klee and discuss them. What do you see? Wat zie je? What does strike you? Show finally the work 'Blue Night' and discuss this. Is this like the other works you 've seen? Do you recognize the painting style? What colours are used in Blue Night? How do we call those colours? Students have to make a drawing in Paul Klee style. Divide the sheets of paper. The sheet must be up with the short side. Using a gray pencil and ruler students divide the sheet into three strips of 5 to 21 cm.

Starting top left, write the first letter of your name in capital. The letter must be 5 cm high and touch the first line and the side and top of the sheet. Write the second letter. Be sure the second letter hits the first one, as well as the writing line and the top of the sheet. Do the same with the rest of the letters of your name. If you're ready with your name, start over again.

Writing lines are pink in this example. Click to enlarge.

Proceed on the second line and make sure the letters touch the top of the first line. The third line goes the same way, but the letters should touch the bottom of the sheet and the letters on the second line. See example above. Use an eraser to remove the writing lines. Beware: the letters must stay! So: with an E the bottom line is part of the letter, and should therefore not be erased.

The writing lines are erased. Click to enlarge.

Choose four colours markers. Colour the white spots who are completely surrounded by lines. This might be small spots from the letters, but they could be tall as well because of open letters. Make sure won't get twice the same color side by side. You can prevent this by colouring from top to bottom or from left to right. Choose cool colours just like Klee, or let the kids choose themselves. Just four colours!

Four colours. Example is made with Paintshop. Click to enlarge.

When it is finished, outline with a thick marker. In this example is chosen for silver, because it fits well with the cold colours of the work. To make a birthday calendar for the class, the work has to be pasted on a calendar sheet. This can be drawn, but can also be made on the computer as shown below.