My wonderful Year 3's had a great time making some festive art work. We started with a watercolour wash over our background and on a separate sheet we stuck down lots of different coloured tissue paper. When this was dry we cut out some triangular trees and finished of with some chalks.
Here are the results, so lovely and colourful!
Today was a teaching day for me.
The current Year 4 topic is Ancient Egypt so I asked the children to work in groups of 3 to produce an Ancient Egyptian character or God.
They worked so beautifully together, you can tell by the standard of work they have produced.!
The key to this challenge was getting the proportions right and after a few attempts they got there. The children are also used to working on A4 paper so they tend to draw quite small. We used rolls of lining paper and these figures each stand at around 1 meter tall. I think they all came away with a bit more confidence in their own ability and on International Kindness Day it was great to see them all work together.
Well done Year 4!!
The Year 3 Topic last half of term was Potions!
This was a great opportunity for the children to learn about colour mixing and how to create lots of new effects with watercolour paint.
Challenge one - Limited to the primary colours and black and white only, the challenge for my Year 4's was to create 100 different colours. This gave the children a good basic understanding of the colour wheel and of colour mixing.
A few of them learnt that if you don't clean your brush and your water jar out regularly, you may just end up with a few sludgy browns but once that was grasped the end result was quite lovely with a huge variety of colours! In fact some of their work was even displayed at the art exhibition at Bourne Hall.
Here are their colour mixing results!
Challenge two - Using their new knowledge of colour mixing, we then looked at how we can create different effects with watercolour paint. The children had fun splodging, spraying and painting with the help of a few extras such as wax crayons, rock salt and water.
Challenge three - The children's final challenge was to create their own potion. They needed to use their knowledge of colour mixing and mark making as well as thinking about which colours and textures would suit their potion. For example if you wanted to turn your teacher into a frog your potion would probably be green and lumpy!!
Here are a few of the finished pieces, needless to say they did a great job!
The Year 5 topic last term was Stargazing so I decided that it would be a good opportunity to study Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night'.
The children were given a brief introduction into the life of Van Gogh and some of the important principles in his work. One being colour theory.
Did you know that Van Gogh used balls of wool to help him to decide what colours would look good together?
We looked at primary colours and how they can be mixed to create secondary colours. How to create tints and shades, we also looked at opposite colours and complimentary colours.
We then looked at some mark making and how you can use a paintbrush to create different effects as well as trying out two different mediums.
In our final lesson each class recreated 'The Starry Night'. Each student had a small section of the painting and each form group used a different medium. One used watercolour paint, one used chalk pastels and one used collage.
The effect was stunning, they had absolutely grasped the mark making and the colour theory behind the piece. Their individual work was stuck together to create one large piece that is now displayed around the school.
The children can now make direct comparisons and evaluate which technique worked the best as well as understanding how to work as a team to achieve the same goal.
Here are a few example of their work which I am sure you will agree is pretty amazing!