Before we start talking about art ideas, we welcome new students and introduce them to the groups. There are always volunteer students that do an induction and help new students to find their way in the studio and to hand out name clips. Everybody wears a name clip in the first week so that new students get to know everybody’s names. We review the rules of the art room, our art practice and our discipline and protocols. I believe that every teacher has different art practices in their art rooms, so I would prefer to describe some of the popular activities we start with.
Some ideas to start the year
There are several ways to start the new school year, but we like to start with clay. Clay is the art technique that everybody loves and can be done with different age groups. This clay modelling project will take between two or three weeks, but it is worth it, as students have the opportunity to create a character based on concepts like exaggeration and facial expression in 2 dimensions and 3 dimensions.
We combine clay with drawing, that is, when the clay models are finished, students will set them up in groups on their tables to draw from them. This project can be adjusted to different age groups and abilities.
Students are encouraged to make preliminary drawings of cartoons on small pieces of paper using black pens before they start the clay work.
Small friendship hearts and cushions or
whatever you would like to make.
Our Art Lessons page.
whatever they imagine!!!
Note: the samples show paper cutouts done with pre-painted papers by the students, but commercial coloured papers can also be used.
Matisse’s paper cuts
Number 1: preparation
Number 2: the actual collage
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