Under, Over, Under, Over…

January 23rd, 2019

First Class

Loreto Junior, Crumlin.

Teacher Ms. Fidalgo

Ms. Fidalgo suggested we work with Fabric and Fibre, so we began by looking at the fabrics we were wearing in now during the winter weather, woolly hats and woven scarves.

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We explored how these fabrics were made. We looked at the knitted patterns in our hats, the pompoms and the woven pattern of our scarves.

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We had a lot of new skills to learn, weaving, wrapping, knotting, and cutting fabric.

Paper Weaving

Using paper they chose the colours to weave with and cut them into long strands. I had cut black paper to use for the warp. While they were weaving all you could hear was the murmur of under, over, under. It was lovely to see the children spot their own mistakes in the pattern and going back to solve it. They were very pleased with their work.

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The children made looms from fruit boxes. Here they prepare the wrap using string.

I decided that we should try out other skills before embarking on our weaving.

Plaiting.

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The children wrapped the coloured wool on to lollypop sticks to prepare for making pompoms.

They decided that the pompoms looked like heads to they put them together with their plaited fabric and made lovely creatures. This was our last session before Christmas so they wanted to give them as presents. They made lovely cards on which they drew portraits and the names of their creatures on them.

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Weaving.

After Christmas we went back to our looms. The children collect long natural objects in the school yard to weave with.

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Ojo de Dios

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A God’s eye (Mexican weavings. In Spanish, Ojo de Dios) is made by weaving a design out of yarn on a wooden cross.

The spiritual eye of the Ojos de Dios is thought by some believers to have the power to see and understand things unknown to the physical eye.These were placed where people worked, or where they walked along a trail to keep them safe.

This is very skilled work and I though it might be a bit ambitious but so far the children enjoyed all the challenges of the skills they were learning.

At the same time I gave out card frames with holes along the sides and a variety of materials, ribbon, beads, wire and feathers, so they could create work while I had time to go to each table to show the techniques for God’s Eye weavings.

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Once children learnt to weave on the cross they taught others.

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Parents Workshop

On our final session we invited the parents/grandparents/guardians to join us. I showed a slide show of all the work we had been doing and the children described so well what was in each slide.It was amazing to look back and see how much the children had learnt.

The children taught their parents how to make God’s Eye weavings,how to plait and we all learnt how to make tassels.

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Houses and Homes

December 17th, 2018

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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

December 17th, 2018

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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

December 17th, 2018

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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

December 17th, 2018

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1st class

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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

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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Exploring Plants, Loreto Junior and Loreto Senior, Crumlin.

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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Ms. O’Dowd’s 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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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

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.

March 2nd, 2018

Junior Infants,

Teacher – Ms. O’Sullivan

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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.

Tracks and Traces.

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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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG2ljm9UxPc

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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Connecting with our local Community — “Richmond Barracks”

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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The results!!!!

 

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