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Children and their Art

Children and their Art

I could write for years about my experience teaching art to young children. I have been fascinated by children’s visual language, their imagination, their bold approach to art and by their endless creativity. Here I present a video to tell the story how this passion for advocating Art Education for young children began and why I began Brava Art Press, the website that I have created to give back to educators and pare
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Light Projection

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. This project also deals with the idea of an imaginary or abstract composition which makes students to think, to plan, to be creative, to disco
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Papier-mâché Masks videos

We have an excellent video on making Papier-mâché masks which is up on our Youtube channel, or you can watch the first instalment right here, both parts are on the Brava Art Press Youtube channel. This Project uses the face as a vehicle for expression to create a 3D character and develop a better understanding of other people and cultures. To read more detailed instructions go to our tutorials page.
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The Colours of Autumn

  For people who live down under, Autumn is already here, and it is the perfect time to be inspired by the “Change”. Nature changes, trees start turning and the sun light feels pale and soft. We also dress and eat differently, pumpkin soups, pumpkin pies, roasted carrots and many other pre winter fruit and vegetables. Autumn is also the perfect time to go for a walk and find things that inspire us to
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Construction with Timber or Cardboard

Part 1 Part 2 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. First, students are involved in creating a construction using pieces of timber or cardboard. To achieve their 3D constructio
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Drawing from Our constructions – A Surreal Landscape

Paintings from Timber Constructions that young children have previously made. The Constructions are placed as a group on their tables to draw from and to paint from. Students are encouraged to interpret” their 3D works into 2D works such as paintings or drawings. This gives the students opportunity to look at their work in a different way, to think originally and to create unique images based on their own 3D creation
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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. This project involves painting, colour mixing and creating a collage inspired on Nature. Students learn how to mix colours using the primary colours plus black and white, how to apply paint onto paper with rollers, how
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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. This exciting project is suitable for a wide audience from young children to adults that would like to learn an easy way to create a design using a food tray from the super market and to print
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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 Puppet
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Pop Art – Magazine Collage

We have some great new work from some very talented students with a focus on pop art using magazines for collage. Here are some 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 Austral
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