Saturday, March 10, 2012

Inspired by Jim Dine

Scott - Love is happy and relaxed like I am now

Braydon - Love is a rainbow

Alex - Love is a bit complicated



Alex - Love is the same every day



Hi Everyone,

This week we would like to share our Jim Dine inspired art works with you. We 'Googled' Jim Dine to find out more about him and shared a PowerPoint of pictures of some of Jim's Heart themed artworks.

We also watched the short Youtube Video below, which showed how students from another school had borrowed some of Jim Dine's ideas. After the video we talked for a while about how art does not have to be 'perfect' to be appreciated. Some of us get a little bit frustrated when things do not go exactly to plan. We also talked about why we look at the artworks of famous people. We decided that being inspired by an idea does not mean making a perfect copy of the art work; it means taking a technique or idea and making it our own.

You might also like to look at the Youtube Video below, of a Jim Dine, heart themed sculpture called 'Tools and Fire'. Everyone in our class thought it was fantastic . We spent lots of time talking about what Jim might have been thinking about when he was creating it.

This week you will find our fabulous, oil pastel, water and poster paint creations, hanging proudly in our Assistant Principals office

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Joan Miro - Painting

Hand Catching a Bird

Ballerina II

Running Man

Hi Everyone,

This week we had a look at some of the paintings of the artist, Joan Miro. We looked closely at pictures that we downloaded from Google Images and discovered that lots of people have borrowed Miro's ideas, to create paintings of their own. Our favourite paintings were the ones above.

Our Middle Years artists could hardly wait to have a go at painting some of their own. We used pastel crayons and food colouring to make our artworks. There was a quiet excitement, throughout the room, for the whole session. Everyone was pleased with the art works that they had created.

One of us had a great time, using up all the extra food colouring to make a totally unrelated, self portrait project, before we packed up for the day. I love it when students do that.

Some things we learned from our session this week, that were not in the lesson plan :
  • Food colouring looks better and brighter than poster paint and washes off really easily - thankfully.
  • A little bit of food colouring goes a long, long way, especially when you drop it on the floor.
  • If you apply too much food colouring, you can blot it off by putting another sheet of paper over the top and the best part is, it makes another print.
  • Use the cheap, butcher's paper to blot, not the expensive stuff, or Sue won't be impressed.
  • Tarps over the tables work much better than covering them with newspaper.
  • Some of us work better when there are only a few people at the paint table, because the movement of others is too difficult to predict and makes us feel anxious.
  • All of us are capable of more than we realise.

Beetles - Our first Lesson Together

Hi Everyone,

All of the room 7 kids agreed, that 'Beetles' would be a great theme for our first art lesson for the year.I made a PowerPoint, that featured loads of colourful beetles, from pictures taken from Google Images.We spent time talking about colour and shape and symmetry, before we started to make our own beetles.

After that we set to work inventing beetles using art and craft materials from our store room.
There were lots of different ideas about how to go about completing the project and Deb, Helena and I took a step back so that the kids could show us what they can do and what they know and understand.

Some important lessons from this session included:
  • Patience when others are using the resources you need to share.
  • Understanding that we all see the world from our own perspective and bring different skills and experiences to the craft table.
  • Process really is more important than the product.
  • Art does not need to be 'perfect' to be enjoyed and appreciated.
  • Sometimes mistakes create lovely, artistic surprises.
  • Some of us are a bit heavy handed with the glue !

That is why we always show, what everyone has made.
I think you will agree, that they did an excellent job.


We're Back !

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for visiting our site while we have been growing up and doing other things.
The Junior Crew Kids are now in the Middle Years, at Belvoir Special School.
Check out our art work and tell us where to find you on the web so that we can take a look at yours.

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