Thursday, November 28, 2013

November in the Artroom

R2: Recycling and Collages
Thank you so much to all the parents who have sent in coloured toys for our Giant  Colour Wheel, doesn't it look amazing !! and children are loving recognising their old loves toys and getting to know other peoples!!

Early Stages of the Circle 
Ready to go .......
On the way......
A birds eye view
Inspired by the wonderful local artist Liina Klauss who create her very own recycled “colour wheels” out on the beach, using washed up items. ( see Hong Kong Artist page above);pageID=652580345615649165

The fabulous Colour Wheel will be finished this week and can be found hanging in the Lower Primary School so do drop by and take a look.

Temples are here……..
The lovely R2 Angels have also been working on their Hong Kong Temple collage, which is an image being built in stages each week. Right from the painted sky, the torn hillsides, the tiny "far far away" building and the temple foreground.
You will see how amazingly carefully each child has looked at their designated Temple Photograph and recreated such fine details:

These can be seen hanging in our school very soon!

Grade 1 Art, Science and more!!

In Grade one we dissected flowers in the art room to take a peek inside the "Secret Cave"
you saw that last month and this month the children have been using the knowledge they gained from that to design and create their very own flowers.....with some fabulous results.

They have learned how to repeat patterns, how to keep size consistent in a drawing, how to apply rotational symmetry and how to modify a design as they go along.
We have started using liquid water-colours to paint these flowers and they are stunning!

G2: Hoi Ha ......the Mural!
The Grade 2 students are currently working on the component parts of a giant size Hoi Ha Mural, featuring the questions.....

What can you see?
What can you NOT see ?

The mural will depict a panorama of Hoi Ha and take the viewer along the beach, past the Mangroves and then .....down under the sea...

We started with some very large paintbrushes!!! 

and went onto use some secret artroom tricks of the trade! Involving mystery ingredients!
Look what happened......

More methods this space!

Miss Flowers and Miss Kirk

Thursday, November 7, 2013

October in the Artroom

R2 What color is the sky?

Your wonderful R2 Angels have been studying how to create an amazing landscape using perspective, and building up layers !
First of all we asked the question: What color is the sky? And with gentle probing came to realize that the color of the sky changes according to the time of day and the weather…..and so we were able to paint a sky that reflected a special time of day and a certain kind of weather.
What colour is the sky ?
We all went out on the roof after that, to trace the shape of the mountains beside our school in order to return to class and create the next layer of our picture, the "far far away mountains' and the "close to me" mountains. We studied images of Hong Kong and realized that the "far far away" buildings need to be very very small……so we included those in the picture!
Watch next months exciting bulletin to see what happens next!

G1 The Art of Science !!
Learning to look closer!
This last month all the G1 kids have been studying the Lifecycles Unit in their classroom. In Art we have built on this topic having  similar conversations about the concept of cycles and the application of that to LIFE!
Having ascertained that "life" can begin with a seed, we begin by looking at fruit as "Suitcases" for seeds. By dissecting fruit we identify the seeds within and use magnifying glasses to study the structure inside. This forms the basis of investigative drawings starting with a Line sketch and using shading to show form and shapes.

So parents, what do you think this is ?

Ask your children….and ask them to talk to you about The Secret Cave………… and the magic of flowers!!

G2 The Hoi Ha Nature Detectives
Scientific Art moments!
Linking with the amazing trip to Hoi Ha in Sai Kung, the G2 students have been learning how to study an object very very closely to find its texture and its pattern. Using our visualizer we have enlarged shells and corals to such an extent that their form is unclear but their texture is vibrant and looks like a strange landscape. This helps the students become aware of the details that are available to their eyes if they use magnifying tools and zoom in drawing techniques. Building upon this close observation they have just begin to create large and small sketches which will depict the beach to sea habitats that they visited at Hoi Ha.

G2 Zoom in sketches
G2 searching for patterns

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

September in the Artroom!

This month in Art your lovely R2 children continued their investigations into the mischief of white rabbit…………who jumped into the paint and found 3 new colors! They used 6 x balls of play dough which were the primary colors: red, yellow and blue. Then  in turn squished the balls together to make new color discoveries… …ask them what 3 new colors they found ! Lastly they mixed their paints in the same way to create their very own color wheel inside their brand new art-room sketch-books !

These sketchbooks will be theirs to use right from R2 to G2 and when they leave Lower Primary they will bring them home. This is a great record of their artistic journey
Grade 1 students have been re creating long tall pictures in the style of the artist Henry Matisse. They cut up the wonderful colored painting surfaces they made last month, to assemble the background, then they each learned how to created a Matisse style figure using only scissors and black paper, tricky but they all got there!
Then they analyzed the collage cut outs of Matisse to decide which shapes to add to their picture, they have now created these and assembled them as a whole picture, they look fantastic and will appear on the third floor at LP next week so do take a peek !!
There has been an amazing atmosphere of meditative calm in the Artroom this week as your Grade 2 children create the most incredible circular Mandalas…using the secret formula: North South East West around their circle. They started by making practice mandalas inside their sketchbook, and when they felt secure in the technique, we started a large main Mandala in color.
The results are outstanding, I have seen students really surprise themselves and they are loving the gentle nature of repetition that is involved. Do take a look at our slideshow on this page.