Drawing, Textile, Print.. A Creative Journey

July 3rd, 2019

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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

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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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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 now during the winter weather. We looked at the texture of our 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 set out to learn some skills to create some of these textures; weaving, wrapping, knotting, and cutting fabric.

Paper Weaving

Using paper the children 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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Wrapping Sticks and Making Pompoms.

 

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

Pompom Creatures

They decided that the pompoms looked like heads. They used paper to give them faces and put them together with their plaited fabric to give them long tails 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 of the creatures and gave them names.

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Weaving.

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

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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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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

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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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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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

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.

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