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Birds

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

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SEPTEMBER OCTOBER & NOVEMBER

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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COLOUR

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

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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.

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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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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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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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