Great excitement this week as both the Junior Infants and Senior Infants visited the Song of the Sea exhibition at dlr LexIcon Municipal Gallery in Dún Laoghaire. And what an exciting start to the day as the Garda Community bus collected the children and even put on the siren for them!
“Song of the Sea is a visually stunning and moving story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea. This interactive, multi-media exhibition of original drawings, prints, storyboards and , animation, music and scene-realisation provides an imaginative and accessible insight into the movie- making process and reveals what was involved in creating this Oscar nominated film.”
We had a chat about one of the storyboards looking at the different pictures and noticing that the same images were repeated and the same characters were shown in different positions – this helped us to understand how an animation is made. We talked about their favourite cartoons and how the character eg. Spongebob looks the same throughout a film so the animators have to draw him the same in each scene. We also remembered the monsters and landscapes we had made and how this was kind of like making a scene in a cartoon because we also had a character, a friend and a background.
We looked at the drawings and paintings that were done on glass also and counted the layers in the picture to see how it was put together. Then we returned to the project room where we made our own stories on concertina books using patterned papers for the backgrounds and came up with a story with a character that would be in the story and repeated through the pages. Beautiful work by both the Junior Infants and Senior Infants and a really enjoyable morning at the LexIcon!
We had invited in the parents of Junior and Senior Infants to participate in our workshop and help us to finish our scenes. Last week we had made our monsters with moving arms and bouncy legs and now we needed to do the background and add elements to these models and maybe to add some friends. We had a great turn out of parents for both classes and all the parents got stuck in very quickly and we had two very busy workshops and some great creative and imaginative work. The children were able to explain to their parents how they had made their monster and how they might make another one and add to it. At the end we asked a few of the class to tell us a little bit about what they had made and how they had worked with their parents and who made the decisions etc!
I had planned these workshops in preparation for our visit to Song of the Sea exhibition we will be visiting at dlr LexIcon Municipal Gallery so that the children can begin to see how animations are planned with moving parts and planning the background and context of a character.
A great morning had by all! And everyone was very proud of their creations!
Junior Infants’ and Parents’ Workshop
Senior Infants’ and Parents’ Workshop
As both class groups will be going to visit the Song of the Sea exhibition at dlr LexIcon in a couple of weeks I wanted to get the children thinking about developing characters and putting these characters into backgrounds and moving. So following on from last week we were going to make monsters/ creatures that could stand up and move. So with a quick demonstration I showed how we could cut out different shapes for head and body then use folded strips of paper to make bouncy legs and then use split pins/ brass fastners to attach arms that could move around. Both class took off with great enthusiasm in making their monsters – drawing and cutting out the different elements of their creation from different coloured card.
So then the next part was to get them to stand – we are going to use aeroboard as a stand and then tape a stick to the back of our monster and stick it in the stand. Some monsters were really tall and long so needed a few sticks to get them standing upright! Junior Infants just had enough time to get their stands/ bases covered. We have invited the parents/ grandparents/ guardians in next week to join us for our workshop so hopefully they will help us to make some backgrounds and maybe some friends and other bits and pieces to complete our set!
As we are going to visit the Song of the Sea Exhibition in a couple of weeks at the LexIcon Municipal Gallery I thought it would be good to look at developing characters from drawings. So we began with mark making with me giving a word that the class responded to with a line – for example we began with a straight line, then a long line, then a short line. So this was straightforward enough and the group experimented using different colours. I then asked them to swap their drawings – this caused consternation (in both classes) as they all tried to claim their drawings back and instruct the next person on what colours they were to use on “their” drawings”. Once we had swapped once and I encouraged them to work over or on top of the other drawing they kind of got used to it!
So then we had to look really hard at the drawings – turning them around to see if we could find a monsters eye……
Was there more than one eye? Was there a nose? Was there a mouth? Tongue? Teeth?
Did the monster have legs? Wings? Hands? Feet? Tail?
We continued on until we had a complete monster then cutting them out we stuck them onto another large coloured sheet and assembled a place for the monster to live!
Great work by Junior and Senior Infants!
Here are Junior Infants Monsters
and here are Senior Infants Monsters
We began this week by looking at some images of natural and man made patterns in the world around us. Some images had natural and man made patterns in them and some were of very close up patterns like the skin of the boa constrictor snake which we took a lot of guesses to figure out what it was!
As with last week we each got two foam blocks to draw and engrave our natural and man made shape into. This week we were going to work in colour so each table was set up as a printing station for one colour ink – blue, brown, green and yellow. A very busy printing session began with the class moving between different tables to print their blocks alongside each other. They experimented with the different colours inks on different colour papers to great effect. We then did one large sheet with everyone’s print on them.
Great work Senior Infants!
We began this week by discussing and looking at how things stand and balance and don’t fall over. So our chairs – we looked at the four legs strong enough to take our weight, the flat bit to sit on and then the flat bit at the back – “the leany back bit!”. We looked at the table how it stands. We stood up tried to stand on one leg and realised we have to put our arms out to balance.
So with all this in mind we began making chairs out of clay – rolling the legs or using the sticks as legs and making the flat bit. It was like an IKEA factory – loads of different designs of chairs – stools, benches, couches, TV chairs. We then made ourselves sitting in the chairs to make sure the chair was strong enough to take the weight of a person.
Great work and figuring out by Junior Infants! After break we drew the chairs we had made and where they might be in our house and what might surround them. We then hung all our draings in the Art Gallery for all to see!
We began this week looking at some images of natural and man made patterns. The teacher had already being working on natural and man made with the class (Man made is something you can buy in a shop/ Natural you cannot buy in a shop). We looked at the images and how two patterns can come together beside each other or on top of each other or behind each other.
Then using polystyrene blocks we drew a natural shape on one and and a man made shape onto the other. Using the pencil to carve the shape into the polystyrene but not leaning too heavy so that it went all the way through the block. After lunch I gave demonstration on how to ink up these blocks – making sure the ink is rolled evenly all over the block. Then we printed this twice – beside each other so we could see how the ink faded in the second print. The class worked really well together printing their blocks and repeating the patterns.
Next week we will move into colour and create more complex patterns.