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Drawing, Textile, Print.. A Creative Journey

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

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St James,

Basin Lane

3rd Class

The children were learning about food in Irish so I decided to use this as a starting point. I emptied my fridge that day and brought in a big bag of vegetables. We started by identifying the veg. I had brought in red and yellow peppers,potatoes, spring onions,limes,lemons,celery,bananas,apples,cucumber,garlic,potatoes,spring onions,chillis and finally sugar snaps. For the first session we focused on making line drawings of the vegetables. So i did some short drawing demonstrations using 2b 4b and 6b pencils.We looked at the best starting point of making a drawing,how to fill the page with the drawings and add shade and colour.Meanwhile their teacher Kim started to make a list of the vegetables names and translate the names into irish.

 

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We talked about looking closely at the vegetable,identifying the different lines and shapes that made up the vegetable. As the children finished off one drawing they swapped vegetables with someone else in the class. ,this was a natural progression and as they continued to draw I could feel the sense of enjoyment of the process. It was hard to put my finger on ,perhaps it was having the physical vegetables there that was causing the great interest. The fact that there was such a variety, that they could pick them up,smell them, turn them round to find the side they liked best. I asked them to pay careful attention to the colours in the vegetables and it was wonderful seeing drawings produced with such attention to detail. Garlic was drawn with hints of green and pink, spring onions stretched across the page with different shades of green

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Throughout the process the children experimented with different mediums. starting out with pencil drawings, adding colour with colouring pencil and finishing up with black water colour pencil.

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We then began to work in groups, i split the class up into four groups and each group chose a vegetable to make a large study of using fabrics.Each group made their large scale drawing, they then divided the fabrics into shade groupings and used the fabrics to fill their vegetable.

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for our next session we looked at printmaking. The children continued to work on the theme of fruit and vegetebles. We looked back at some of the drawings that were made in the previous class.This time the children used soft foam board to make their printing blocks. We looked at creating marks and imprints in the foam board. I did a short demonstration on how best to make the drawing on the foam, especially ensuring the lines were quite deep and with a special focus on adding lines and creating texture int he finished drawing.

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once the children were finished working on the foam, i demonstrated how to make a print. We looked at the colours that made up the vegetebles and discussed also using alternative colours. The children began by making their first two prints using one colour. Once they felt confident with the process I told them they could explore using several colour possibilities on their printing blocks. There was tremendous excitement in the class at the thought of creating their own prints.

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For the final week I invited the parents into the classroom to work with the children on two collaborative large prints.

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A sense of Place, creating an imaginary place

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

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senior Infants

Goldenbridge

We started by taking a walk around the local area.

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We went down by the canal and saw the swans , we stopped by Richmond Barracks which is situated directly across from the school.

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We heard all about the history of the place.

we drew on the blackboards and also got to ring the  school bell

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We were then told we could play in the gardens

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We were given chalks by the staff of Richmond Barracks so that we could draw on the ground.

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We were made feel very welcome by everyone that worked there.

We returned to the classroom and we built our own imaginary world.

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Houses and Homes

Monday, December 17th, 2018

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St James, Basin Lane

1st class

In class the children were learning about types of homes. They started  by discussing all the different types, then went on to draw and paint them.

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The children then made printing blocks of their houses. we did a workshop on colour, mixing and blending colours . To finish the children painted out a large roll of wallpaper , blending their colours as they went. we used this to print the buildings on to.

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This acted as a great backdrop to their colourful work.

 

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Then they worked on clear contact paper and tissue paper to create imaginary buildings. we would used these to brighten up the coridor as the light could shine through.

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I showed the children some very simple techniques using the tissue paper. They came up with some very impressive ways of using it for themselves. Far more sophisticated than i had shown. I was very impressed with their inventiveness.

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Antarctica

Monday, December 17th, 2018

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Golden bridge

third class

The children were learning all about life in Antarctica so we decided to focus on this, we started by looking at penguins and talking about their habits and way of life. the children began by making drawings in black marker of penguins having fun. we discussed making drawings of penguins in different positions, looking up, looking down, looking to the left , looking to the right.

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then the children used charcoal and chalk to make some more drawings

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we decided to make models of the penguins. i asked the children to start bringing in large plastic water bottles, as these would be used to form the main structure of the penguin. I gave each child a sock and they filled it with wool to form the head. each child then pulled the complete sock over their bottle and stuffed it with more wool to form the body. They had to decide now what position they wanted their penguin to be in. They learned how to make a cone shape for the beak from insulation roll.

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We gathered all the penguins together to see how they looked as a group.

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the children then began covering their penguin structures with mod roc. This would make their penguins really strong and enabled the children to capture and freeze their penguin pose.

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MARCH OF THE PENGUINS

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wings and feet were added, the children couldn’t wait to paint them. Our plan was to to recreate the March of the penguins but to bring them through the school. I took lots of photos of the penguins on their journey. At each point every child had a different fact about life in Antarctica and they shared their knowledge with the group.

 

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Pharaohs in Ancient Eqypt

Monday, December 17th, 2018

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Goldenbridge

3rd class

The children were learning about ancient Egypt, we looked at Tutankhamun, who was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty.Throughout the making  process i asked the children to discuss different facts about ancient Egypt. Each table took turns in sharing their knowledge.

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Imaginary Antarctica, penguins and their environments

Monday, December 17th, 2018

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1st class

James Street

The boys were learning about the Antarctica. through clay and mod roc they explored making penguins

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they painted their penguins and created imaginary environments for them to explore.

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Owl Babies with Junior Infants

Monday, December 17th, 2018

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Class:Junior Infants,

St James, Basin Lane

Teacher: Ms. Tobin

The children were reading Owl Babies with their teacher, so we decided to focus on drawing, making and painting our own owls.

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I gathered a selection of leaves , stems, foliage in a range of colours. the children used these to create the body of the owls on stick contact paper.

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they made eyes using the leaves and added colour with oil pastel

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they also made paintings of owls.

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Connecting with our local Community — “Richmond Barracks”

Monday, January 8th, 2018

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School : Goldenbridge

Class: 6th

Teacher : Ms. O’Donnell

We decided it would be a good idea to try and connect with our locality and focus on a building very close to the school . The barracks is situated directly opposite the school and the children pass it every day. We were very kindly given permission to visit the building . we started off by making preliminary sketches of what was around us.

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The children were amazing!!!! so focused and eager to draw and draw and draw…..

After our successful afternoon of sketching, we arranged to return the following week  and have an art session inside the building. We decided that we would do some collaborative art works. We divided the children into three groups and projected photographs of different views of the Barracks on to large sheets of brown paper. The children worked in groups to transfer the images to paper.

And this is where the children came into their own. In their individual groups they worked out colour combinations for their paintings. rather than use brushes, I gave the children heavy card cut into different widths.

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Using the card they applied the paint, building up layers of texture and colour.

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Studying insects with the boys from St. Francis CBS

Monday, January 8th, 2018

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School:St Francis Cbs

Class: 2nd

teachers:Sarah & David

It began with Davids class taking a trip to “Sculpture in Context” at The Botanical Garden.

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We were in search of some inspiration for work to carry out back at the school. The boys loved the giant insects crawling towards the hot house. Back at school the boys began by weaving the insects bodies using gold and silver card.

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Once the main bodies were constructed , they focused on adding details like , legs, antenna, wings and eyes. We then hung them up throughout the school.

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Inspired by a school full of golden insects, Sarah’s class continued by examining insects trapped in arcylic blocks and seeing how many parts made up each insect.We studied the different shapes within each insect and discussed how we might draw them. The boys started by making drawings of the insects in pencil. They used different grades of pencil, 2b, 4b and 6b to achieve differences in tone within their drawings.

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we they moved on to oil pastel on black card. From examining the insects the boys noticed that they had a huge range of colours. This time I encouraged the boys to make their drawings using whatever colours they wanted. To make their insect unique to themselves. We also talked about using the complete page to fill it with their drawing.

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The boys were thrilled with their work. They surprised themselves with their own wonderful talent and ability. “This is the best thing that I have EVER done!!!”

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we then made then displayed the drawings outside their classroom.

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“My Dad is a Birdman”

Monday, January 8th, 2018

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School : Goldenbridge

Class 3rd class

teacher: Mr. Gallagher

Taking inspiration from their class novel , The children made illustrations using black pen and marker.

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we then decided to make some giant wings of our own.

using fabrics and wallpapers , gold card and gold foil the children created patterns and textures to individual leafy shapes. The plan being to put all the shapes together to form one large wing span.

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We then projected the front cover on to a large sheet of paper. Once the outline was drawn the children worked on adding the finer details to the drawing.

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