Saturday, September 10, 2011

Our New Lanterns

We have been sprucing up our book corner with some new lanterns ...

We dipped long lengths of string into PVA glue and wrapped them around balloons 

Once dry, we painted the balloons
We popped the balloons and hung them from our light in book corner 

Easy peasy! :) 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Long And The Short Of It

At the moment my children are very interested in rulers and measuring. They have been carrying rulers around the classroom and measuring anything of interest, particularly the beans we planted and the worms they found when making mud pies...





They have been comparing objects by length, identifying and recording numbers to 30 (and beyond in the case of a few boys who measured all our furniture with a measuring tape) and discussing the difference between centimetres and metres - All sparked by one boys interest in his dad's measuring tape which he brought into school for sharing!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Creating With Wire

A while ago I collected some different images of artists work that I wanted to share with the children to expose them to new media and ways of expressing themselves.

Last week we talked about the wire sculptures by Johnas Borman and the children have been creating with wire ever since.




An Ant

A Dragon

A Flower

A Fly

A Dinosaur

A Dragon




In doing this the children have had to exercise a great deal of persistence as the wire did not always do what they wanted it to. Many children revisited their creations over a few days, experimenting with different ways to manipulate the wire and adding to their artworks. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Observational Drawing & Sculpture



My kids are still buzzing with excitement over creating their insect and reptile museum. One boy was particularly interested in a wasps nest he found in a library book recently. He studied it carefully, showed a few of his friends then decided to make one of his own to go into our museum. "But how will we make it?" he asked me puzzled. He went on to say that boxes weren't the right shape... maybe paper? I suggested he (and a few others who had been drawn into this discussion) draw it first to get a really good idea of what it looked like.








They chatted about what they noticed in the photograph of the wasps nest...
C- "It's kind of an oval shape like this (demonstrated with hands)"
E-"I see ... those black lines make it into sections"
W- "There's lots of holes for the wasps to sleep in"
C- "Yeah they are sort of in lines aren't they?" (the holes)
W- "What 's all that stuff around the outside? See all those lines?"
C- "I don't know but it looks like newspaper!"

C had noticed the large slab of clay, recently delivered to our classroom and suggested that this would be a good material to make the nest out of. 

Using their drawings as a guide, they pushed, pulled and punched the rectangular piece of clay into the shape they needed. Then used clay tools to help them achieve the necessary details...






Their wasps nest is currently being displayed in our museum. I realised I don't have a photo of the finished product to show you (I will post one soon) but it's all about the process right? 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Minibeasts



A new topic has emerged in my class that has captured almost everyones interest. It all started when M and C made a spider house which inspired E to make a box of caterpillars  which in turn motivated Z and J to make a home for lizards. I displayed their creations on top of a low bookshelf and J commented that it looked like a 'bug museum'. I agreed and asked what else might be displayed in a bug museum. He announced that he was a bit of an expert on museums because he went to them a lot and asked for a large sheet of paper so that he could draw his ideas.


I asked the children to share what they know about museums and we looked at some photographs of museum displays. We noticed that all the displays had lots of information to go with them and came to the conclusion that maybe we should find out a bit more about bugs so we could also do this.

A small group of children went around with my flip camera and asked their peers firstly what they knew about bugs and then what they wanted to learn. They had some interesting questions which we will endeavour to find the answers to. If you have 2 minutes to spare, have a listen to some of the things they said. It's very cute...

video




Thursday, August 4, 2011

Printing



We have been creating abstract art using printing techniques... and enjoying an excuse to cover our hands in paint and feel it squishing through our fingers!

We dipped our fingers in thick, brightly coloured paint...

Painted all sorts of lines and dots straight onto the table top...

Lay paper over the top and gently smoothed...

Hey presto! We have created an abstract art print.