Islands

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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