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.
Yes week 4 and we’re still working with clay! This week we were working out how to make walls stand – rolling the clay flat using roller and using baton so wall would not be too thin. We used the clay tools to cut the clay to make a straight edge so the walls could be joined together. We also mixed up some “slip” which is like a cement to help the walls stick together. The plan was to try and build a castle – which one child had suggested last week. Each child began working on their own and then Rian suggested it would be a good idea to work together so everyone could make different parts of the castle.
And so the castles at each table began to build up – first walls, doors, windows and then a roof – making sure the walls were strong enough to hold the roof. Then moats, bridges, towers, flags and even a dragon! The class worked very well together and worked away on their creations after break – so a very busy morning.
We began this week with recapping on how we set up the classroom for printing and how we had created prints last week through drawing onto the paper and reprinting. We had also just started experimenting with laying cut paper and wool onto the plate to get some interesting effects. So I wanted to work with this more for this week and had brought in a some mesh fabric and doilies (man made) and some leaves, grasses, twigs (natural) to experiment with. So the class set off and experimented with the different marks and effects on their printing plates – taking two prints each time – one with the items on the plate and one when they were removed. So you can see a positive and negative effect on the different patterns.
We are still just using black ink so the experimentation is with the marks, we did work on different coloured papers this week and you could see how the prints looked different on the different colours. The class worked well together, sharing rollers etc and have got the hang of rolling out the ink – making sure it is to the edge and that there is enough ink on the plate. As it is warm in the classroom the ink is drying up quite quickly so making sure to use enough ink. Loads and loads of lovely prints produced today!
This week I introduced some tools that we could use with the clay. Firstly rollers which I demonstrated to roll the clay, making sure it does not roll too thin, and turning it over so it does not get stuck to the board. Then clay tools which can be used to make different cuts and marks into the clay or to cut away from the clay. Then a load of different texture making items to experiment with.
The class worked away on their own and experimented with the different tools – some stuck with drawing into the clay when rolled flat and others began to build up the clay and used the tools as part of a clay construction. I had brought buttons and bottle caps too which the class used for decoration and as parts of their clay constructions. Beautiful creations began to emerge – faces, cars, islands, trains, lairs, families and ginger bread men!!
After break we had a chat about what we had made and then did some drawings of all the things we had made.
(I find this is an interesting exercise and the children are then drawing from memory something they made and also they are working from 3 dimensions back into 2 dimensions through drawing.)