Archive for October, 2017

Changes in the School Grounds from September to November, Loreto, Crumlin.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Observing the School Grounds in September, October and November with the children of Loreto Junior and Loreto Senior N.S. –

Ms. Colgan’s first class

Mr. Cunningham’s second class

Mr. Conghaile’s third class

Mr. Maher’s fifth class

Response from First Class.

” It was like they were discoverers and explorers. They were always noticing things and coming back with new information.” Ms. Colgan.

“it was like we were in the woods.” Seán

” I liked that we made our own stamps for printing.” Lacy

On the visit to the Botanic Gardens- ” I loved the cheese ( sculpture), I got in the pipes” Seán

“We got to see fruits, vegetables and bees, and very big leaves.”

“I loved the leaf blanket ( sculpture).”

About drawing – “I loved the charcoal; it was very messy.” Robin and Emma.

About mobiles – “They moved very slowly and they were very calming.”

Response from Fifth Class

Charcoal drawing-

“I didn’t like at at first and then remembered there’s no mistakes.”

“Relaxing because it doesn’t have to be perfect.”

“I loved to smudge.”

” Annoying, I prefer pencil.”

Response from Second Class

“I loved going to the Botanic Gardens and when we made masks with our parents.” – Seán

“Liz is a kind lady. She was with us during art. I loved her” – Viktoria

“I liked all of it but what I liked most was the painting. It was really fun. Sometimes you don’t want to but when you start you really like it.” – Chloe

“I loved everything and we all liked it. It was fun. I liked the part we did with the leaves and painting. Liz did trees with us and branches. We went to the Botanic Garden. Liz was so nice to take us there. We learned about greens and we did mobiles with sticks and we did the masks with our moms and dads.” – Zion

“I loved when we cut out and printed.” – Tadgh

“I loved everything.” – Teegan

“I liked the garden with frogs, melons, turtles and bridge.” – Safia

“I loved the Botanic Gardens and the printing was the best of them all. I really loved the masks we did with our parents. Liz is the best artist.” – Ella

“I loved going to the Botanic Gardens and I loved the printing and doing art with Liz.” – Lexie

“I liked when we went to the Botanic Gardens and we went out of the school to collect green leaves.” – Luqman

“I love the things we all did trips and looking for the greens and the paints.” – Tammie

“I had a great time with you.” – Reece

“I enjoyed drawing the trees. It was very fun.” – Roisín

“I like the Botanic Gardens and the leaf hunting.” – Danny”

“I liked doing the printing with you.” – Carlsen

“I liked the mobiles because they can move by themselves.” – Maxim

September

Forty Shades of Green.

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We spent our first session in the school grounds looking at all the shades and hues of green. In pairs the children collected greens by sticking them to card with double- sided tape.

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We looked at pattern in the leaves, observing the veins and the patterns of the edges. The children collected leaves that they found interesting and made drawings of the patterns in oil pastel back in the classroom. Some made invisible patterns by drawing with white candle wax and white oil pastels.

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Mixing paint.

The children mixed many shades and hues of green and painted over their pastel patterns. The invisible patterns appeared as they painted over them.

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Using frames the children chose their favourite part of their paintings.

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Discoveries

There were many new things to find out through our observations, such as gall wasps and leaf miners.

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A Trip Out to Sculpture in Context at the Botanic Gardens

Having explored the school gardens the children had developed an interest and curiosity about plants. During our trip we looked at the plants and the sculptures. The artists used lots of different materials both natural and man-made.

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Some of the sculpture gave us ideas for our work.

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Print

The children made very detailed drawings of leaves and then drew them on to foam with pens to incise the lines into the surface. They glued these to card.

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These were then used as printing blocks.

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The children printed onto different surfaces, paper, and fabrics. Initially they were reluctant to overlap their prints but once they started they really enjoyed seeing colours coming through their prints. These were made into bunting and banners for the classrooms.

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October

We went back out into the school grounds to look at the colours and gather leaves. Beforehand we had a look at the leaf work of the artist Andy Goldsworthy.

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Group Work

The children worked together in their class groups. First they sorted the leaves into colours. Then using contact paper they created these leaf artworks. They laid paper plates on to the contact to create circular patterns and then lifted them once they made a circle with the leaves. All the groups worked well together listening to each others’ suggestions. Circle patterns turned into images of sunglasses, Pooh Bears head, flowers, suns and a deer who then disappeared in the pattern making.

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Mobiles

Pair Work

We had a look at the work of the American sculptor Alexander Calder. He is known as the originator of the mobile, a type of moving sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended shapes that move in response to touch or air currents.

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The children first learned to tie some knots so they could make their own mobiles. They learned the Larks Foot and the Square Knot.

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Then, working in pairs and using natural objects they made mobiles. There was a lot of discussion of weight and balance.

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This very pleased pair declared that it was the best work they have ever made.

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November

The Trees Rest for the Winter.

For our final session in November, after a week off for Halloween, we went back out to look at the garden. Some trees had no leaves and others had some still hanging on. It is their time to rest until Spring.

I decided that it would be good to use charcoal to make drawings of the trees so before we went out to the garden the children explored making marks with charcoal and rubbers.

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They kept reworking on the marks they made – “It looks like………” We discussed what textures, lines and shapes they made.

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Out at the trees we looked at the tree trunks and the texture of the bark. We wondered how far the roots went under the earth. We looked at the branches and how they became smaller and smaller.

Back in the classroom the children looked at their charcoal marks and were asked what marks would they use to draw their tree.

Second Class Drawings

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I loved the way they grappled with their skills and ideas and each came up with very different and very beautiful drawings.

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First Class Drawings

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Fifth Class Drawings

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