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Exploring Plants, Loreto Junior and Loreto Senior, Crumlin.

Monday, November 5th, 2018

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Here are photographs from the 4 classes in Loreto Senior and Loreto Junior Crumlin who had 8 sessions of Creativity in the Classroom starting the first week in September and finishing during the first week of November 2018.

The classes were senior infants and first class in Loreto Junior, Crumlin

Two fifth classes in Loreto Crumlin Senior.

I decided that we would focus on plants for the first three sessions, as we had planned to bring each class group to visit the Sculpture in Context at the Botanic Gardens on the fourth session.

I began by bringing in plants from my garden, fields and woods. We explored them using all our senses. Each table got plants with different colours, textures, shapes, forms, smells and tastes. The children were encouraged to touch, look,(with magnifying glasses) smell and taste (where appropriate). There was a lot of excitement especially when insects emerged from some of the plants. The children were encouraged to care for the insects and eventually they settled down.

In pairs senior infants and first class were asked to collect as many coloured leaves as they could find in the school garden. Then each child was asked to bring back to the classroom leaves that they liked the shape and pattern of. They made lots of drawings of these.

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The two fifth classes, explored shape, colour and symmetry by making Hapa Zome prints on to fabric. Hapa Zome is the Japanese art of pounding natural pigment from plants into cloth.

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They also observed shape and pattern through drawing.

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Senior infants noticed all the veins in leaves by making prints in clay.

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The junior school children noticed that the colours in leaves blended together so we did some painting, mixing colours and blending one colour into another.

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We looked at some photographs of the paintings of the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and tried to imagine what the real paintings look like when you see how big they are. We noticed how she mixes and blends her colours.

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The children were given flowers to observe.

The junior school used paper collage to create big flowers and then painted them.

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The seniors worked from observation.

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The seniors made some weavings to build up their skills and confidence.

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With all this experience behind us we went on a visit to Sculpture in Context at the Botanic gardens.

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Each class collected a bag of beautiful things that they found on the ground.

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We used our collections to make faces and expressions with.Then they tried out letters and writing their names.

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Mr. Timmons’ Fifth.

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I added some more natural materials to each class’s collection, conkers, disks of wood with holes, bamboo, elder sticks, ivy vines, and willow sticks.

We observed the differences in the wood – hollow bamboo, bendy ivy vines and willow, and the soft pith in the elder.

Using wire and pliers they made constructions.

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To prepare for the week when parents were invited to participate in the project with their children the children made some leaf rubbings with white candle wax and blended and mixed washes of paint over them.

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Parents and Children’s Session

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I showed a slide show of all the work the children had made. The children described to their parents what they had been doing.

This was the week before the Halloween holidays so everyone made autumn masks.

The children showed their parents different ways to make leaves- drawing from observation, drawing around the shape and rubbings. They also added the leaves they made the previous week.

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Ms. O’Dowd’s Fifth

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The children designed gardens using paper construction for the final session. They worked in groups. It was lovely to observe them discussing their ideas, helping each other and sharing.

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Islands

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Third Class Loreto

Teacher – Ms. Sheridan.

A Visit to the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

We began with a visit to the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s Coastlines exhibition. The museum staff explored lots of very interesting ideas with the children.

The Children exploring Op Art and Colour.

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The Irish Coastline

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We finished the morning with a workshop. There were lots of coloured papers, glue and scissors where the children could try out some colour and optical ideas.

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Complementary Colours and After Images.

Back in school we tried out more colour ideas. The children had already used paint to make colour wheels which are displayed in their classroom. We looked at these to see what colours were opposite each other – the complementary colours. They made paper collages with complementary colours and noticed how the colours vibrated.

Then they cut or teared a shape of primary or secondary coloured paper. They laid it on a white sheet of paper. After staring at in for a while they stared at the white part of the paper. What did they see? The were amazed. The same shape but now it was the complementary colour.

They stared at their colour collages and then at a white paper. There were a lot of wows as they noticed that they could see the shapes of their art works but the colours were the opposite colours to the collage.

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We recapped on the artworks we saw in IMMA by looking at a slideshow. I had a Tim Robinson Map of the Aran Islands similar to the one printed on the floor in IMMA. We decided to make five islands, one per group.

At this stage I thought it would be good to do a session on paper construction, so the children would have the skills to make their islands.

Paper Construction.

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Five Islands.

Each group was given time to discuss their island. I asked them to look at their paper constructions to see what techniques they could use and to think about colour and how they could use it. Could they have an island of warm colours only or cool colours or complementary colours or black/ white island?

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We then invited the parents in. Each parent and child was asked to choose a place on the island that they would like to have a holiday. Ms. Sheridan printed out small portrait photographs of each child that they could incorporate into their work.

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Children who didn’t have a parent worked very happily together.

Wildlife.

The children were given coloured plasticine to create animals and wildlife for their island. As we didn’t have all colours I showed them how they could mix colour by rolling coloured plasticine together.

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Google Earth of the Islands

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They decided that the animals could be ones we already know about or undiscovered species.

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When the animals were ready they were very careful deciding where they should live.

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Tracy adds a full Irish breakfast to her work.

I became the wildlife photographer.

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Exploring Motion, Tracks and Traces with Junior Infants.

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Junior Infants,

Teacher – Ms. O’Sullivan

14 pupils

Session 1

We began our sessions with construction. I brought in a variety of materials and things to connect the materials such as elastic bands, string, large and small clothes pegs and lengths of elastic.

The children worked in the three groups that they are already in. They worked really well in groups, sharing ideas and trying things together.

There was a ball in our materials box. Toward the end of the session they started to make routes for the ball. This informed session two. Tidying up was a great opportunity to sort everything.

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Session 2

We began this session by looking at this YouTube video to inspire us.

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I added a lot more balls to our materials, and also large cardboard tubes. I cut some of these tubes in half to create long channels. The children kept to their working groups but used the whole classroom adding tables and chairs as construction materials.

They were very excited and created their own challenges- like sending the balls along channels and into buckets or having the balls hit an object at the end of its journey. They found some short cardboard cylinders which were a bit like wheels. These went even faster than the balls.

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At the end, each group showed the other two groups what they made and how it worked. We encouraged them to use new vocabulary and understanding by asking each other questions.

How can the ball/wheel go fast?

How can the ball/wheel go slow?

Can the ball/wheel roll uphill?

Children began to use new words like uphill, downhill, steep etc. One child explained gravity to the rest of us.

When we tidied everything away I gave out plastic tubes, beads and buckets so they could work individually on what they learned in their group.

Then I gave out magnets and paper clips. The children explored lifting the paper clip without touching it with the magnet. I gave them A4 card and they moved the paper clip around the card with the magnet at the back. Some used pencils to draw roads and the directed the paper clip along the road with the magnet.

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This informed session three.

Session 3

Paper construction

Making worlds/playgrounds

Learning new skills.

Paper Skills – Dividing shapes in half, cutting, tearing, scoring, folding, scrunching, curling, fringing and making tabs.

 

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The children glued their constructions to sheets of A4 cards.  Using magnets they moved their paper clips and pieces of pipe cleaner around their worlds. They began to share their worlds so I gave them lengths of card to connect up their card with roads and bridges. This brought about a whole new set of possibilities. The children shared their ideas and showed their work to each other when they finished.

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At the end of the session when we had tidied up Ms. O’Sullivan brought in her bicycle. We looked at the wheels and asked questions about going uphill and downhill. This informed session four.

Session 4

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We looked at the materials that the bike is made from. Each child used a magnet to find our what parts were made of metal. Amazingly the magnet stuck to the pedals. They looked plastic? Well, Kevin immediately worked out that there was metal under the plastic.

They then settled around the bike and made drawings about what they noticed. I observed two girls sitting for a long time not sure what to do. They were distracting each other. I just waited and when they noticed everyone else engrossed in their drawing they started theirs. Another boy totally ignored the bicycle and drew a snowman and person. I let him finish and then handed him a new piece of paper and asked would he like to do the bicycle now, which he did.

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We then took the bicycle out to the yard and Ms. O’Sullivan showed us how she rides it and how the chain, brakes, wheels, handlebars and pedals work. We sprayed the wheels with water to see what kind of prints they make. The yard was a bit stony so it was hard to see the prints clearly so we moved to the front of the school – this was better.

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We tried our footprints too by spraying the soles of our shoes with water. The children found out that they got the best print by stamping their feet down hard.

Finally we came in from the cold and looked at the story “Mrs. Armitage on Wheels, by Quentin Blake” on YouTube.

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We had a look at the bicycle again and the children had great suggestions for Ms. O’Sullivan,s bike. Ms. O’Sullivan sometimes brings in her cat to school so they had very helpful ideas on how they could make this a safe and comfortable for both of them coming to school on the bicycle.

Session 5

Continuing with Tracks and Traces.

We looked at the pattern on everyone’s shoes again by spraying water and stamping on black sugar paper. We noticed that the pattern disappeared when we put the paper near the heated.

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Then we used white ink. The patterns didn’t disappear this time. We found out that lots of people had a pattern of hearts on the soles of their shoes.

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Ms. O’Sullivan wondered was there a difference between right and left.

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Printing with Tyre Tracks.

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The children made their own print rollers using elastics to make a texture.

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Session 6

We invited parents in to see what we have been doing.  I gave a powerpoint slideshow to show the parents all the work for the past five sessions. We also wanted to create a very special time for parents and children. The children worked with their parents to make a print together.

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The children showed the parents how to make a printing roller and a print stamp.

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They glued their hand prints on to the patterned paper.

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When the parents left we looked at each others work.

“Do you know that next week is our last week of Creativity in the Classroom with Liz” said Ms. O’Sullivan. We should have a party was a suggestion from a child and all the children got excited with this idea.

Great planning done!

Session 7

We started by putting out our tablecloths – large sheets of white paper. I suggested that we might have a colour party. Everyone agreed. “Maybe we should start with colourful bunting? Lets put some patterns and colour on our bunting.”

The children discussed different patterns we could do, wavy lines, zigzag lines, straight lines, crisscross lines, circles, squares, hearts, flowers. The list was endless. The were given white triangles and oil pastels.

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When they were finished the patterns I showed them how we could put watercolour over the patterns. Oil and water don’t mix – lets see what happens.

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The bunting added great pattern to the classroom. It began to look like a colour party.

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Oisín noticed that he have a lovely triangle pattern on the tablecloth when he lifted his flag. Everyone had some colour left on the tablecloth from their flags. The decided that the tablecloth needed some pattern and colour.

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Children came up with great ideas like putting fun party words on the tablecloth.

We were nearly ready for the party. We just needed some party hats. We looked at the paper construction we did in session 3 and discussed the techniques we learned. We could use these to make hats.

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When we put all the tables together it really looked like we were ready for a party.

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Ms. O’Sullivan had lots of surprises. She put our lovely colourful sweets, biscuits, and cups and the most beautiful cake.

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She blew up very special balloons that had lots of coloured paper inside and best of all when the food was finished she burst them and the little coloured shapes fell down on everyone.

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The party finished with dancing to the music of Sharon Shannon.

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If I had Wings……Loreto Senior , Crumlin.

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Sixth Class

Teacher Ms. Dunphy

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We began by changing paper and card into 3d forms and shapes. The children tried out cutting – multiple shapes and symmetrical shapes, tearing, scoring, slotting, curling, making cones, cylinders and cubes, etc.

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During this time I found out that they were studying Greek Mythology. I decided to choose one story, Icarus, to inspire the children. They could use their new construction skills with paper and card.

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From this story I made a slideshow of images of Icarus. I also added a photograph of KelseyMontague’s wing painting on a wall in Galway. She became famous on Instagram for her wing paintings on buildings all over America.

The last slide said – What if………?

The children finished off their plan from this. Their idea was to make a pair of wings using paper and card that would hang on the wall.

Every year the sixth class run a week of activities in the school to collect money for charity and the plan is that the wings, hanging in the main school hall would be there for people during the day of the cake sale. People will be charged to take their photos with the wings. All proceeds will go to charity.

They made drawings and constructions on what shape the wings could be.

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I showed the children, the feathers printed by third class to these children.  Two children visited third class and told them their idea and asked if they would be interested in joining them.

Third class liked the idea. See below third class’s work.

By the time we got to making wings I decided that each class would need to make their own pair of wings as they had made so many feathers.

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I drew out a wing plan and cut each wing into 5 sections to enable the children to work on each section in small groups. They hung them in the main hall and I took two photos of each child. I will print these out give them back to them after our Christmas holidays. This will inspire the next phase of their work – If I Had Wings…….

Third Class

Teacher Ms. Quinn

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The Beginnings

During my first meeting with Ms. Quin and her class we began mixing different hues and tones of colour while we worked out what they would like to do over the coming weeks.

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Ms. Quin suggested we do some printing. The children were studying the Aztecs, so off I went to explore Aztec culture. I discovered a fantastic manuscript called the Codex Mendoza.

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The Codex Mendoza, circa 1542, was created 14 years after the Spanish conquest

It contains a history of the Aztec rulers and their conquests, and a description of daily Aztec life, in traditional Aztec pictograms with Spanish explanations and commentary. There are a lot of images of costumes using feathers.

‘Different civilizations place higher value on various materials and therefore we cannot make assumptions about past cultures based on today’s value system.  While some civilizations from the past deem precious metals like gold, silver, and copper to be objects of higher worth, others find value in a different variety of items.  Archaeologists have determined for example that the Aztecs held feathers as one of nature’s most valuable gifts, as birds appeared to be very important in their culture.  The Aztecs would use brightly colored feathers in headdresses worn by their leaders. Great time and care went into the making of any object involving feathers, as feather-workers spent weeks creating intricate designs to be used in battle shields and adornments, important buildings, cloaks and costumes of the nobles, and religious ceremonies.'(From the internet.)

From this information I put together a slideshow for the class for the following week. I also brought in lots of feathers to observe.

The children began with drawings of feathers. Some children put in Aztec patterns into their feather drawings.

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From their drawings they drew the patterns on to foam, incising the lines in pen, and cut out the shapes. These were glued on to card to make stamps for printing.

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The following week we arranged the classroom with tables on one side for rolling inks on to their stamps and the other side tables to print on to paper.

They used black and white inks for their first prints. These were printed on to the paintings from the first session.

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The next week the children mixed coloured inks and printed on to white and coloured, gold and silver paper and card.

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They would have been very wealthy if they were Aztecs. They had loads of feathers. These were all cut out and paper feathers backed with card.

Meanwhile I had been working in the same school with sixth class on the theme Greek mythology. We had chosen the story of Icarus. See above. Sixth class visited the class and told them of their idea to make wings and asked would they be interested in the idea for their class as they were now ‘feather rich’.

Each child made strips of their feathers. Putting them all together became my job as this wasn’t practical for a large group. Meanwhile the children made books titled ‘If I Had Wings’.

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After Christmas the children will each get a cutout photo of themselves with wings. Using these as a resource we will explore a birds eye view of the world.

January 2018, Back to our Ideas

Sixth Class

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Third Class

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We spent our final sessions in the Irish Museum of Modern Art at the exhibition of work from the collection ‘Coast-Lines’. We found lots of connections to ideas we have been exploring.

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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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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.

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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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Paper and Card Construction.

Monday, March 27th, 2017

First Class

Loreto Junior

Teacher Majella Doyle

I began working with this lovely first class of 20 children on the 6th February. The teacher suggested we have Spring as our theme. She was also interested in construction.

I decided that we would spend the first 3 sessions exploring construction with paper and card before introducing our theme.

We began with paper, trying our different techniques, cutting, tearing, curling, folding, scoring, pleating, rolling.

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The children began to see miniature worlds when they stuck their paper constructions on to a sheet of paper. The enjoyed telling each other about their worlds so the following weeks I decided to introduce card to their materials and encouraged them to work in groups. Each child was given a long rectangle of card with slots in both sides and asked to join up with other people in their group. They were very excited as they created ‘rooms’. I showed them some more techniques that would be useful when they are working in card. The also used paper for these worlds. Part of the idea was to decide which material worked best for their construction.

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The following week they continued on their construction. Adding lots of details such as doors, windows, ladders and fences.

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Our next session was on the 6th March – Spring was in the air. We talked about what birds the children see in the school grounds. They had done a lot about birds with Ms. Doyle so they were very aware about the bird life in the school grounds. We looked at photographs of nests. Different birds make different nests. They noticed that a lot of nests are soft in the inside.

The children went quietly out to the garden and we saw lots of birds, a thrush, a blackbird and some crows. The crows were building nests in the tall trees. The children pretended to be birds and collected materials to make nests by only using two fingers and a thumb just like a beak.

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Back in the classroom each child wove a circle using ivy as a structure for their nest.

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Other exciting thing happened as the children noticed that the nesting materials had a lot of interesting creatures living in them. We had containers ready to collect insects so we could examine them, keep them safe and return them to the wild when we were finished.

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The following week we decided that we needed bird for the nests. We had a look of photographs of birds that we saw in the school yard and the children made some drawings.

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The children were given paper and card to make the birds. Although they were very adept at using these materials they were hesitant about making to a design, however through trial and error and learning from each other they built up confidence.

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The next week we looked at eggs, chicks hatching and chicks.

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Parents were invited to join the children in making Spring flower bunting. They first saw a slideshow and exhibition of all the work the children made over the past 6 weeks.The children taught their parents skills and techniques they would need to make their flowers.

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Exploring Charcoal and Ink Drawing Inspired by Chinese Art.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Fifth Class

Loreto Senior, Crumlin.

Fifth class began by exploring all the marks they could make using charcoal. They also used fingers to smudge it and rubbers to draw into the charcoal.

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We played a game of ‘Pass the Drawing’ where each person adds to a drawing and then passes it on. This encouraged the children to find images in the marks.

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Blind Drawing.

Each child got an object in a bag so they couldn’t see it. They felt the object with one hand while drawing what they could feel in charcoal with the other hand.They were very surprised how good the drawings were when they looked at their objects.

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Exploring black and white.

The children used water and watered down black paint individually.

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Then they painted a long scroll together. The following week when the ink was dry they used sticks and black paint to draw over their individual drawings and the scroll.

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Willow Pattern

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The children were studying the Willow Pattern story with their teacher.

The Willow pattern was developed by English ceramic artists in the the18th century by combining and adapting motifs from hand-painted blue and white ceramics imported from China. Characteristically the background colour is white and the image blue, In order to promote sales of Minton’s Willow pattern, various stories were invented based on the elements of the design

We visited the Chester Beatty Library to look at some of the blue and white ceramic vases from China that inspired the ceramic artists in the potteries in Sheffield.

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We also looked at the paintings and drawings by the Chinese artist Hong Ling in the Chester Beatty Library. The children were very interested in the ink drawings having used this medium themselves.

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Using watered down blue paint the children made ink like drawings inspire by the Willow pattern.

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The following weeks when these images were dry they worked in pairs to create their own stories and create books. They collaged their images from the previous week into their books and added detail and pattern using blue markers.

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Astronauts

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Loreto Junior

 

Mr. Meagher’s Second Class

Astronauts

Second class were exploring space and planets when I began working with them every Monday morning in September.

I thought that it might be good to have space helmets for their exploration.

They began by drawing self-portraits so we could use these drawings as a base for our space helmet design.

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They designed their helmets by making charcoal drawings on transparent paper over their portraits.

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As they were designing them they discussed how they would eat, breathe and communicate in them.

Using silver space material they made their helmets. They put in lots of buttons that had many functions.

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When their helmets were finished they put them on and sent each other space messages. Someone whispered a space message to the next person in the circle using their speaking tubes and then they passed it on, (like Chinese whispers) but theirs were space whispers.

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At the end each person had to write down what they heard.

They made collage about their space travel in their helmets.

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Watching out for Spring

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Fourth Class, Loreto Senior Crumlin.

Teacher, Ms. Bennett.

Fourth class began their Creativity in the Classroom sessions on the 1st of February, St.Brigid’s Day. Ms. Bennett and I decided to visit the local park during one of their sessions.

Although we celebrate the beginning of Spring on St. Brigid’s day there was not much sign of it.

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We decided to do some observation of nature to prepare the children for the park.

We began drawing from evergreen leaves dried insects. The children used magnifying glasses to look at the patterns in the leaves and insects. This was their first experience of drawing from observation and their response was very positive.

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They make print blocks from foam and card. They cut out the shape in the foam and used pen to incise the lines. In groups they made leaf pattern prints.

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From their insect drawings they each made a mono-print.

Working Outdoors.

Finally we got a lovely day to go down to the park to work. We began by working out the directions 0f a compass. The children marked in North, South, East and West on the ground using sticks.

Then everyone faced north, closed their eyes and used their senses to feel what it is like. Could they feel the sun? Could they feel the wind on their cheeks? What could they hear? What could they see?

The children were then encouraged to find their own spot and face each direction and write a poem. They were given a structure to help write the poem. This is from a lovely book of outdoor education by Chris Holland, “I Love my World”

We looked at the views from all directions. There are a variety of trees in the park. They were still leafless. We discussed the patterns and shapes in the branches.

They made large drawings using pens tied to the end of sticks.

During the next session in school the children were introduced to charcoal. They spent time trying out different marks and tones.

We looked at trees on the internet and then each child drew a tree in charcoal.

During these weeks signs of Spring were beginning to arrive. Birds were gathering twigs in the school grounds for nesting although the trees were still bare.

The children made papier mache nests. The following week the nests were dry. This was the final session so parents were invited in to work with their children to make birds and eggs for the nests. They used collage and markers. There was a lovely atmosphere of working together.

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Cloud Soft Sculptures

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Fifth Class

Loreto Crumlin.

Teacher Ms. O’Brien

The teacher was interested in the children working with fabric, so we decided to explore soft sculpture. I looked at the other areas that the children were exploring in class. They were listening to traditional Irish music, learning tunes on the tin whistle, and looking at our culture. From this I decided we would look at our island, Ireland and where it is situated and it’s climate. We began by looking at a map of Ireland and discussing the weather. So clouds came up as a theme.

The children began by drawing cloud shapes and were shown how to make a paper pattern from these. They really enjoyed the process of each stage. They began to talk about how clothes are made. Sewing was a new experience for most of the children.

When they had the fabric clouds made they created a list of words for different cloudy weather, foggy, spitting rain, soft day etc. Using other materials they changed the textures and added materials to make different types of clouds.

They really enjoyed the challenge of sewing as they did find it difficult but persisted.

Finally when the clouds were made they played around with projecting video images and adding sound using the class whiteboard. Some of the sounds came from traditional music they had been listening to.

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