School Holiday workshop inspired by a love of Dr Who and Star Wars. The battle for the 'darkside' was a lot of fun.
Cute Clay Cockatoos
School Holiday workshop using air hardening clay and inspired by the fabulous Australian Cockatoos - White, Yellow & Red
3D Pop Art letter sculptures
We had fun exploring Pop Art and Artist from the 1960s American art style. Everyone was able to select inspiration and interpret it in their own unique way. For example, we look at Keith Haring and students created their own motif such as spray cans and roller skates in place of dancing figures. They also learnt about onomatopoeia and how it was used from comic strips by Roy Litchenstien and Andy Warhol.The base was solid board with chalk lettering. This was a challenge at first as the students were only starting to experiment with block lettering in their own writing styles. The chalk was sealed and hot glue action began as they created 3-dimensional structures gluing to the base and building letters and icons up and around to create a sculptural piece that can be viewed 'in the round'. We spoke about how to display the work and most agreed that hanging it upside down or against a wall would be more fun than flat on a table.
iPad Art and Stop Motion Animation workshop
Fun with Charcoal Animals
The kids had a great time getting messy in creating their Charcoal Animal Portraits. They worked over weeks to build layers of tone, work into and work back to build the light and dark. Wow what a result.
Art club Sculpture Kids made these amazing super spy armatures constructed from plaster bandage and a range of odds and ends you will find in any lost thing toy box. The objects included computer circuitry, old wires, toys, and jewellery pieces. The kids developed their ideas in their art books including how each object functioned, for example - plastic spiders injected secret venom; glass marbles held in place ready to be catapulted into defence mode. Inspired by Spy Kids movies and Zac Powers, this Sculpture unit was lots of fun to develop and of course to put together. Objects were adhered with plaster bandage, hot glue gun melts and PVA glue. The surface was finished with spray paint, some areas were masked spayed and finally students illustrated details that reflected computer circuitry with paint pens.
Observation & Tonal Drawing
This lesson focused on the detail in nature. Students were taken through a range of observation exercises to focus in on detail of a simple yet deceptively detailed leaf surface. We honed our skills in tonal variation and practiced using a range of pencil leads learning how to hold our pencil to achieve a range of affects and feel comfortable to upscale the real object. The results speak for themselves. Each student worked hard to maintain a clean white drawing surface along the way.
Art Club animals
Check out these fabulous artworks created by the talented Art Club kids. Our theme for this unit is Animals in the Environment. We developed a micro animal environment in our art books and then began learning a range of ceramic techniques with white clay. These will be fired and then painted with a surface treatment such as watercolours and pearl pigments. We knew would take a few lessons but well worth it when completed. They firstly drew a three dimensional view of a micro animal environment detailing features such as waterfalls, tree stumps for animals to live in, rivers, rockeries, and riverbanks.
Firstly we explored the surface and texture of clay and how we could add natural effects by using a range of tools from sponges, kebab sticks and old toothbrushes, we had fun making spaghetti noodles from clay (they loved that bit), They all produced amazing texture tiles which gave them an understanding of how to join and build clay onto flat surfaces. These were later used to practice surface finishes.
Next they rolled a slab, just like a pizza base and began building and using their drawing as inspiration they began adding elements to their little world such as tree stumps, river beds, bold walls, water falls and bridges over the water. the results are amazing. Every environment unique to each young artist. They leant many new techniques like using slurry, slip and scoring clay to join pieces together.
Today we explored all things 'peacock'. Kids undertook a study of the intricate details of the peacock feather. We worked in mixed media on black drawing paper, looking at how certain colours can 'pop' off the page, especially hot pink! We began building parts of our painted peacock with cool and warm colours in abstract patterns, which were visually stunning. Students learnt several pastel techniques such as blocking, blending and layering. The following lesson we had fun painting our hands for the peacock head and neck. Lots of careful cutting, assembling and detail were added with the final details in the eye of the peacock. A very fun art lesson for everyone.