Sunday, February 5, 2017

New Year Artfulness

Amazing things have been occurring in the LP Art room so far this year! 
Just take a look at the R2 Art and Nature studies !!
Do you remember that naughty caterpillar the ate up our leaves in the garden ?
Well.......do you know what happened to him next ?
Ask your children how the caterpillar changed ...
We painted on one side of our paper only, then folded it in half and some magic happened.....
Take a peek !!
 Ask your children what we call it when something is the same on both sides...
We loved the magic!
Then, the next week we took our symmetrical pictures and learned how to turn them into a butterfly!
 Using our black paint and marked out our butterfly on one side only. 
So we had to paint half a head, half a body, one antennae and one leg.......the what do you think we did ?
YES!!!
We folded our paper and TA DA!!!!!!!!
.....we added one big stretchy wing and one snuggly buggy wing underneath and all our patterns, folded each time we made a mark and look what happened !
Then our butterflies were ready to fly!!!!

Grade One Floral designers 

Continuing our natural theme, our grade one artistes who had been using observational drawing to learn the structure of flowers, now began to use what they have learned and started to create designs for their very own imaginative flower.
We began in the centre, look at how careful these details are and how people have worked so hard to keep them even and equal sized.
Then we learned how to add in our petals, keeping them evenly spaced and equal sizes too!
Then we outlined in marker....
One or two people started to paint....
very very carefully using our super tiny number 2 brushes!!
Watch this space as more of these gorgeous flowers will start bloom!!

Grade Two Artist/Scientists
Following on from last months sketching of the High school insects. We continued our studies.
 As you can see, using half an insect allows our grade two artistes to use their own judgement when drawing the other side. This then provided an outline for people to trace with black ink. 
How do you think they created these "whole" insects ??
Ask your children to explain how they made these images!

Then look what came next.....we used what we knew about 3d insects to begin to model the body in 3 parts.
Ask your children to name the three body parts
 These were then joined up together.
 Then we used masking tape wire and paper wrapping to make the legs.
Time to start adding in the legs.
Don't they look amazing! 
People worked in teams and kids were teaching each other....
We can't wait for the next exciting stage in this project.......
Check in on The Magic Dot next month find out how we bring them alive!!!

Artfully Yours
and 
Gung Hei Fat Choy

Miss Flowers and Miss Kirk


























Thursday, November 24, 2016

November Newsy Artventures

Hi Everyone
Further news from the LP Art room where your children have been creating outstanding  artworks. 
Prepare to be amazed !!!

The Reception 2 'Light Beings'

Have been completing their observational studies in the garden, we have many plants and bushes out there and some of them have colourful and intricate leaf designs. We used our magic finger to trace the outline followed by the patterns.
After constructing our leaf with pencil, we traced those lines with our skinny markers so that we can see the marks clearly.
 Then we used our old friends the watercolour paints with the very special high school brushes so that we could make delicate marks and fill each area.
 We know how to make greens using blue and yellow, so we are able to mix just the right shade. Look Mr Brush's hair is not even bending! 
Finally we finished our leaves. The only problem was..... we discovered there had been rather a naughty visitor in the garden.....look what we noticed ! 
Somebody has been munching the leaves in the garden ! 
Oh no, who could that be ??
Someone suggested it was White Rabbit....but no-one had seen him!
Someone suggested it was Miss Yee, but no-one had seen her munching leaves!
A few people suggested that it might be our old friend, Mr Caterpillar........

Ask your child who has munched the leaves! 
We had an identity parade...........
 Was it him? Anyone seen him?
 Was it him? had anyone seen him?
Or was it this chap here ?
Oh no it must have been this friend here ! 
We decided to create our very own caterpillars since we have made some leaves and they might be peckish!
We knew that some might be spotty, some might be hairy and some might have many legs!
and then they went to live on our leaves, just like this!
 
Ask your children what will happen to the caterpillar after he has wrapped himself up in his cocoon...

The Grade One Artistes

We finally complete our gorgeous Gustav Klimt style paintings take a peek ! 
Your child's work is on display all around the school at the moment, it will be coming home for you to hang on the wall at home very soon.

Flower Studies
We started a new project last week,  we closed our eyes and tried to think of various memories of flowers that we could recall seeing. 
We gathered our memories on the board, look how many different designs we found...
So then we practiced drawing using our eyes, our
Observational skills.
We planned out a shape and a strategy first, started from the centre and then filled in the details bit by bit.
Can you believe these amazing sketches were made by Grade One children !
Your children could find so many details.........
Next steps.....using what we observed we are going to try and design some of our very own flowers. 

Grade Two Creative Experts

Look at these fabulous Mandalas that have now been completed by your children.

The Insect World

Since all our classes are studying the natural world this term, Grade Two have begun 
to take a very close look at something tiny !
Last year year Grade One's all learned about the structure of an insect in art and this year we have been able to use the High School Insect collection to study insects from all angles.
Having the specimens means that students have been able to see the back, the underneath and the side as well.
Ask your children to tell you about the body parts of an insect.

These are our research sketches, just watch what we will do next...... 
in next months Magic Dot!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

Artfully Yours
Miss Flowers and Miss Kirk