zaterdag 28 januari 2012

Pastel planets

You need:
  1. black construction paper A4 size
  2. chalk pastel
  3. hairspray
During our school project about Space, students of grade 5 made these fantasy solar system. Spheres were drawn with attention towards an imaginary light source creating light and dark values. Overlap was required to suggest depth. To suggest the endlessness of the universe, parts of planets had to be drawn at the edge of the sheet.
Draw circles by tracing round subjects or use compasses. Colour with chalk pastel. Note the technique of the chalk: colour, smear and blend until you're satisfied. Fix the artwork with hairspray.

vrijdag 27 januari 2012

International Space Station

You need:
  1. piece of cardboard 30 by 25 cm (box)
  2. space wallpaper or blue crepe paper
  3. gold and silver foil
  4. scraps paper and cardboard
  5. metallic supplies like candle holders, stones, beads etc. .
During a school project about space students of grade 5 made the International Space Station - ISS, where Dutch astronaut AndrĂ© Kuipers currently stays. We saw photographs of the ISS and talked about the different parts of it. 
All students get a piece of cardboard and wallpaper or crepe paper. With different materials they make their own representation of the ISS.

dinsdag 17 januari 2012

Winter forest prints

I found this lesson on Mrs. Knight's art class blog. Take a look on that blog to see more beautiful artworks.

You need:
  1. ribbed cardboard
  2. flat cardboard
  3. woodsies
  4. coloured construction paper
  5. block printing ink
  6. piece of plexiglass
  7. roller
Students make a collage of trees, cut from pieces of flat and ribbed cardboard and woodsies. Tell them the cardboard can be used in two ways: from top to bottom or from left to right.
Shake the bottle of blockprint carefully to be sure oil will mix with the rest. Drip some paint on the glass and roll it out. Roll the paint on the trees. Put a sheet on top of it and press firmly with a flat hand. Make different prints, choose the best one to paste on a coloured background.    

zaterdag 14 januari 2012

A journey through space

You need:
  1. white drawing paper A5 size
  2. crayons
  3. black paint
  4. brush
  5. toothpick
  6. coloured construction paper
As part of a school project about the Dutch astronaut AndrĂ© Kuipers and his space journey, students scratched these drawings.
Colour the entire drawing sheet with crayons. Choose the colours you want, but don't use black or white. Then Paint the entire sheet black and let dry. Scratch a space scene with a toothpick. Paste the artwork on a coloured background.

All artworks are made by students of grade 3

vrijdag 6 januari 2012

Stamped polar bears

Made by students of grade 1

You need:
  1. blue construction paper
  2. pencil
  3. tempera paint white and black
  4. marshmellows
  5. brush
  6. glitter
  7. glue
Show how to draw a polar bear out of simple shapes: circle, half of a circle (ears) and a part of a triangle for the body. Talk about the grey shadow under the head. How do you make gray? Tell students they have to stamp with marshmellows or brushes. Do not paint!

Students draw the head of a polar bear on blue paper. Use white to stamp head and body. Use grey to stamp the shadow. Paint eyes and nose with a small brush. Decorate the artwork with glitter.

dinsdag 27 december 2011

Snowmen mandala

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet 
  2. compasses
  3. scissors 
  4. crayons or oil pastels 
  5. indian ink
  6. brush
Step 1.
This lesson is a variaton on 'Autumn leaves mandala'. Click the link for full description.
Focus in this lesson: make sure the snowmen are really coloured white with crayons or oil pastels, otherwise they will turn completely black with ink after step 2.

Step 2.
Crumple the picture into a ball. Make flat again. Paint the entire drawing with indian ink. Rinse the ink immediately after it in the sink and let the work dry. The ink will rest in the folds of the paper  and creates a great "antique" effect.
Made by a student of grade 3

zondag 18 december 2011

Golden Christmas

Made by a student of grade 6
You need:
  1. white drawing sheet 20 by 20 cm
  2. ruler
  3. pencil
  4. silver and gold marker
  5. black construction paper
  6. glue
Children divide their sheet with ruler and pencil in 16 squares from 5 by 5 cm. In each square they draw a Christmas figure: tree, candy, snowman, skates, mitten, sock, candle etc. These figures have to be coloured , just like a checkerboard, with gold and silver marker.  Paste the drawing on a black sheet.

maandag 12 december 2011

Winter scenes

You need:
  1. styrofoam
  2. pencil
  3. block printing ink
  4. paint roller
  5. flat piece of plexiglass
  6. coloured paper
Explain the principle of printing. Why is it that people started to print texts and pictures?

Draw a winter scene with a pencil on the styrofoam. Squeeze out “toothpaste” amount of ink on plexiglass. Roll ink out. The ink is ready when lines appear. Ink should look wet.
Put the styrofoam on a newspaper. Roll one colour ink onto the foam, working quickly to cover all areas. Lay a sheet on top of foam and press with a flat hand. Take away the sheet and your print is ready. Let dry and cut it with about 1 cm around. Paste one or more prints on a white sheet. Decorate the frame with fingerprints.
Made by students of grade 2

dinsdag 6 december 2011

House in cubist style

By a student of grade 4

You need:
  1. drawing paper A4 size
  2. colour markers
  3. pencil
  4. ruler
Draw a house simplified house with windows and a door. Add one or two trees. Divide the sheet in with three horizontal and three vertical lines. Colour the surfaces with four different coloured markers.

zaterdag 26 november 2011

Amsterdam by night

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. liquid water colour
  3. brush
  4. jar with water
  5. indian ink
  6. straw
  7. black and yellow construction paper
  8. scissors
  9. glue
Paint the white sheet blue or orange with liquid water colour; add water to get a brighter blue / orange above. Let dry. Drip some indian ink and blow it upwards with a straw. Cut a row of canal houses out of black paper and paste it on the coloured sheet. Cut and paste windows and a moon out of yellow paper.
Paste the artwork on a black sheet.
Artworks made by students of grade 4

dinsdag 22 november 2011

In the style of Pablo Picasso

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. watercolour paint
  3. brushes
  4. black marker
  5. ruler and pencil
  6. scissors and gluetekenpapier op A4 formaat
  7. black construction paper 
Show some cubistic works of Picasso on the digital board. What do you see? What does the face look like?

Students draw a portrait. In this lesson we made a portrait of Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), the helper of our Dutch Sinterklaas. We called him Pietcasso! Of course this lesson can be done with any other portrait.
Colour the portrait with watercolour paint. Paint a background too. Outline with black marker.
Measure the face between hair and neck. Divide it in three and draw the lines with ruler and pencil on the drawing. Cut the three strips. Divide the strips in quares.
Paste the top of the face on a black sheet. Make a composition of the little squares; be sure there's not a facial square on the outside of the face. Paste the squares. Finally paste the lower face. 

maandag 21 november 2011

Northern lights

You need:
  1. black construction paper A4 size
  2. chalk pastel
  3. white wallpaper with texture
  4. scissors
  5. glue
  6. fine black marker
I found this lesson via Flickr on Pinterest, but don't know to whom I have to give credit...
Show some northern light movies on Youtube. What can you tell about the colours? What movements do you see?

Draw a horizon line a little below the middle of a black sheet. Use different colours chalk pastels to colour the sea. Do not use too much chalk, so that it can be smudged.
Cut a strip of mountains out of black paper. Paste it on the horizon line. Use white chalk pastel to make snow on the mountains. Draw the northern light above the mountains. Smudge colours.
Draw a polar bear on an ice floe on the back of a piece of white wallpaper. Cut out. Draw details with a fine black marker. Paste the polar bear on the sea.
Finally paste the artwork on a bright coloured sheet.

By students of grade 5

dinsdag 15 november 2011

Patterned leaves

You need:
  1. drawing sheet A4 size
  2. pencil
  3. black marker
  4. water colour paint
  5. jar with water
  6. brush
  7. white pencil
  8. coloured sheet
Draw contours of leaves with a pencil on a white sheet. Don't forget some half ones on the edges. Draw veins. Trace the leaves and veins with a black marker. Fill the spaces between the veins with as many different patterns you can.
Paint the space between the leaves with water colour paint. Leave a white edge around the leaves. Let dry. Paste the artwork on a coloured sheet and finish the half leaves with a white pencil on this frame.

donderdag 10 november 2011

Silly sandwich

You need:
  1. drawing sheet 12 by 30 cm
  2. colour pencils
Create a super size sandwich, stacked with all your favorite things to eat! The sandwich could be as crazy or realistic as you want them to be, just stack them high!

zaterdag 5 november 2011

Building a burger

I did this lesson in October 2009, and soon saw it on many blogs. It's still one of my favorite lessons.
This week we had the Dutch Week of School Breakfast, a good reason to build a lot of new burgers with students of grade 4.
How to do this? Look at this post.

maandag 31 oktober 2011

Printed mushrooms, group work

Group work by students of grade 3

You need:
  1. piece of linoleum 15 x 15 cm
  2. lino knife
  3. block printing ink
  4. flat piece of plexiglass
  5. linoleum roller
  6. white sheets
  7. lino press
  8. autumn leaves
  9. scissors
  10. glue
  11. coloured cardboard
Draw a mushroom on your linoleum. Cut away the linoleum around the mushroom. Remember: what you cut away will not print. It is not important to carve deeply into linoleum, just enough so that carved area is lower than the linoleum surface. Always carve away from your hand, always keep your hand behind the back edge of linoleum. When you want to check your printing block, place a piece of paper on the linoleum and rub over the paper with a crayon. This will create a “rubbing” and will give you an idea of what the final print will look like.
Squeeze out “toothpaste” amount of ink on plexiglass. Roll ink out. The ink is ready when lines appear. Ink should look wet. 
Put your linoleum block on a newspaper. Roll one or two colours ink onto the linoleum printing block, working quickly to cover all areas. Lay the block on a sheet in the printing press and press. Take away the block and your print is ready.

To make a group work, all students have to cut out on of their their prints. Leave a white edge around the mushroom. Ask some students to make a collage of all mushrooms on  a piece of dark coloured cardboard. Paste some autumn leaves on the bottom of the collage.

zaterdag 29 oktober 2011

Stitched face


A nice lesson to practice stitching on a sewing machine: stitch a face in one line on a drawing sheet!

dinsdag 25 oktober 2011

Autumn leaves mandala

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. compasses
  3. pencil
  4. oil pastels
Draw a circle with a diameter of 20 cm. Draw within about 1 cm another circle (the edge of the mandala). Cut out and fold into 8 pieces. Draw against one of the folds half of an autumn leaf using black oil pastel.

Fold the sheet and press firmly with the hands to get a print of the leaf on the other side of the fold. Trace this half with black oilpastel. Repeat this and draw the other three leaves. Colour the leaves and background with oil pastels in warm colours. Colour the edge with a nice pattern.

zondag 23 oktober 2011

Outlined autumn leaves

Made by a student of grade 5
You need:

  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. liquid water colour yellow and red
  3. brush
  4. colour markers
  5. glue
  6. scissors
Paint a wet white sheet with red and yellow liquid water colour. Leave to dry.  Outline some autumn leaves on this sheet, cut them and paste them on a new sheet.
Choose three markers in wamr (autumn) colours and outline the leaves until the sheet is full. Draw the veins with a fine marker.

zaterdag 22 oktober 2011

Blob creatures

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size
  2. tempera paint
  3. scissors
  4. glue
  5. black marker
  6. black paper for background
Start by folding the white sheet of paper in half and open it up again. Then drop blobs of tempera paint in three different colours somewhere around the middle of your paper. Don't put the paint to close to the edges. Fold the sheet and press by firmly moving hands around. This movement will move the paint around more than just folding.

Open the paper and dry flat.
Look carefully at this creature. Outline the creature with a black marker. Look for typical shapes, like arms, eyes, ears etc. and trace them with a marker. The drawing should be totally symmetrical.

Cut the creature, leaving half cm white around the black lines. Paste it on a coloured background.
Made by students of grade 4