Wrap around, wrap around: Sticks, yarns and fun
A fun activity to do at the end of the year or any time. Going for a treasure hunt in the garden is something young children love. My two and half years old granddaughter loves to come with me when I invite her to go for a treasure hunt, so this activity can be adjusted to different age groups. I found that wrapping around sticks with yarns is a meditative activity that results on the students sitting quietly wrapping yarns. Students use lengths of different color yarns of about 50 cmt so every student should have about 10 lengths of yarn plus 3 or 4 sticks 30 cm long.
Clay Modelling – Clay figurines inspired by a visit to the Metropolitan Museum NYC
The inspiration for this project comes from the ancient Chinese figurines at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. At this area of the Museum, I found so many things to be inspired by, people dancing, animals in a pen, animals/birds figurines and many more beautiful terracotta small characters.
In contrast with the direct processes of drawing and painting, printmaking is an indirect process. To make a print, something is done to one surface, the block, in order to produce an image on another surface, the paper.
Clay – Cartoons in 3 dimensions
Deals with facial expressions and a sense of humour. It is a fun project that young students love, as using clay is one of the most popular art techniques. This art project can be approached in two ways. The first being adopting a cartoon style and the second is creating a clay model based on members of the community such as politicians, sport heroes, your teacher or even a favourite movie or rock star. The approach you take will depend on the age group that you are teaching.
Mixed media painting/collage
Mixed media painting/collage is a very exciting painting project for primary school children appealing to those as young as five years of age. Mixed media presents an opportunity to use your imagination to create a composition in collage form, using different materials and paint on canvas.
Light projection is great fun for students to do, it provides them the opportunity to create transparencies involving elements, like shapes, colours, lines and textures to be projected using an overhead projector and to use computers to manipulate the images they have created.
Construction with Timber or Cardboard
This project presents the opportunity for a three dimensional activity, different from painting and drawing which are done on a flat surface, construction work is stimulating as students use new and recycled materials, to express ideas, to experiment, to investigate and to invent.
Children Expressing Feelings – Drawing Emotions
Four superb drawings, pen and ink drawings by young children addressing the question: Have you Ever Felt Lonely? Wonderful representation of loneliness, an emotional response using colour, texture, line and space to convey the idea of Loneliness.”
Collage – Matisse Paper Cuts
Inspired on the beautiful paper cuts that Matisse created in his old years and the experience of seen the exhibition of his Collages at the Museum of Morden Art, MOMA, New York, in December last year.
Foam Printing – Printmaking for all ages
An economical way to do printmaking at home or in the classroom. Discover printmaking and the idea of multiple images using a food tray from your kitchen to create beautiful repetition prints, single prints and greeting cards.
Landscape – A Close look at Nature
To create these landscape Paintings, the students worked from close up photos of tree bark, sticks and tree roots. Students used fine paint brushes to draw a picture with runny paint in one colour and then used bright colours to paint and “interpret” the photographs.
Social Painting – Mural Painting for Young Children
Here is a great idea for a project to commence the New Year.
Everybody will participate, planning, drawing and painting. It involves a fridge carton, flattened, painted white by parent/volunteers and then painted by the students in the classroom. When the “Mural” is finished it will become a great room divider to create a special corner and later on, if you cut a window on one of the sides, it can be used as a Puppets Theatre, see our Puppet Making video on our You Tube channel.
Observation Drawing – Drawing from the model
We worked together to create the set up for this portrait drawing. First we choose an interesting corner of the studio with books, and bottles of paint on the background. Next the students set up the studio’s old arm chair and put and old trow over on it.
Pop Art – Magazine Collage
Here are two good samples of a project on Pop Art done some years ago by primary students of year 6 and year 7.We looked mainly at examples of the early years of Pop Art in the UK where artists like Richard Hamilton made collages using images cut out of American magazines. For our project we used Australian Fashion magazines to make the collages.
The second stage of the project was to scan the collages and then each student worked with the computer program Adobe Photo Shop Elements to manipulate the collages. Students had the freedom to experiment, introducing colours, textures, patterns, lines and whatever they thought they could use to change the original image.
Drawing from Computer parts