Archive for December, 2019


Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

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10 week Block

School: Warrenmount

Class: 6th Class

Teacher : Ms O’ Reilly

Early in September we went to The Sculpture in Context exhibition at the Botanical Gardens . We were treated to a beautiful day of sunshine and a feast for the eyes and mind with all the brilliant art works dotted throughout the gardens.

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we noticed all the different materials being used to create the different art works, we talked about how the artist might have made the work . some of the work on show was made from found natural objects like sticks, stones, and straw, we also discussed what tools the artist may have used to carve the different types of stone  or how the artist might cast in bronze.

We noticed that many of the artworks on show were based on nature and birds. Back at the classroom we began our intensive study of birds.

We began by drawing in pencil.

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We then worked on black card using oil pastels. I encouraged the girls to mix their pastels and use colour to work on a bird that best represented themselves rather than a bird you may see in an Irish garden. I brought in some photographs from the exhibition along with some pencil line drawings of birds.

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The girls worked using white oil pastels first and then added colour.

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Some of the girls also experimented with water colour.

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we talked about the birds we see on an everyday basis. The birds we may see on our way to school . Birds lining up on electricity lines and silhouettes of birds in the trees.

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I asked the girls to keep an eye out for these birds on their way to school. To look carefully at their surroundings and see if they noticed new things. The following week one of the girls arrived in and told me that on her way to school she had stopped to take some photographs  on her phone of the silhouettes of birds in a tree!!!!

we made some quick sketches of silhouettes of birds on braches

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using clay , wire and mod roc the girls then made small birds which they’d use in their own sculptural piece. They also made some which would be used in a collaborative piece.

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I asked the girls to bring in some branches and sticks  that they would use to make their own sculptural piece based on the silhouette of birds.

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the girls used wools in different ways to transform their branches

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some chose brightly coloured wools while others stuck to the cool and icey winter colours

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we looked at how the lines of the wool wrapped their way around the branches. the girls focused on the shape and direction of the lines to make more drawings.

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For the final workshop parents were invited in to work alongside the girls

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2019



School: St. James

class: 1st class

Teachers: Ms. Bell, Ms Fisher

We started the new school term off with exploring colour. The children examined the different shades of color.

Prussian Blue , Brilliant Blue, Turquoise

Crimson, Brilliant Red , Cerise

Yellow Ochre, Brilliant yellow, lemon yellow.

The children worked on their own individual colour mixing sheets

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As the children finished their  individual paintings they then formed small teams to work on collaborative paintings , their main focus for these paintings was to explore colour, to try and create as many new colours as they could.

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Mixing continued in earnest and some magnificent work was created.

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Berries and Leaves

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

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School: St. James

Class 1st

teacher :Ms Bell

Following our trip to Botanical Gardens i brought in a selection of leaves and berries. The children spent time examining my collection. They looked at all the varying shades of greens, yellows, reds, pinks and purples. We looked at the delicate patterns that made up the veins of the leaves. We smelt rosemary , thyme and bay leaves. Some of the smells triggered memories in some of the children, this opened up a whole new conversation about grannies and grandads!!

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Using white oil pastel the children made drawings of their favourite leaves from my collection

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we talked about how we had mixed so many colours in our painting workshop, the children then added colour to their drawings, mixing along the way.

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we also looked at the giant Rhubarb leaf , some of the children remembered the giant leaves by the pond in the botanical gardens.

The children then used chalk pastels and gold insulating foam to create their own giant leaves.

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