If I had Wings……Loreto Senior , Crumlin.

December 14th, 2017

If I Had Wings

Sixth Class

Teacher Ms. Dunphy

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The Beginnings

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.

From this story I made a slideshow of images of Icarus. I also added a photograph of Kelsie Montague’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.

 

 

 

 

 

Changes in the School Grounds from September to November, Loreto, Crumlin.

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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Print

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.

Second Class Drawings

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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.

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.

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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“Serefina and the Twisted Staff” — Class Novel

January 19th, 2017

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Our Lady of the Wayside

Class: 5th

Teacher: Ms. Barton

4th class were reading the novel ” Serefina and the Twisted Self”, they were really engrossed in the story and the characters so i decided to focus on this for several weeks of their creativity in the classroom workshops. Part of the novel takes place in a forest where Serefina runs from the evil side to the magical side. we started by going outside and examining the silhouettes of the trees.

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The children then returned to class and began constructing their own individual silhouette of a tree in card.

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They made golden leaves to help convey the magical part of the forest, using wire and beads they added detailing to the veins

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The plan was to put all the trees together to create a magical forest. We needed a lrge sheet of backing paper to paint in the background and while searching for sometihing suitable i cam across wallpaper that had silhouttes of trees on it, we used this as part of our backdrop, using oil pastels the children added colour and blended it to create a magical setting..

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They painted the lower half  as ground cover for the woods and sponged a watery mix over the pastel trees.

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we then assembled their tree silhouettes

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Characters from their Novel ” Serefina and the Twisted Self”

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Making their initial drawings in black marker, the children then used patterned wall papers and oil pastel to their drawings of their favourite character.

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Painting with Card— Exploring Colour and Line

January 19th, 2017

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Our Lady Of The Wayside , Bluebell

Class: 4th

Teacher: Mr. Dillon

we began by rolling out large lengths of paper. the paints were squeezed in layers at the bottom of the paper.

the children used squares  of heavy card to scrape the paint up the page. This was an exhilarating experience for the children. paint brushes were not allowed for this painting session so they had to explore many possibilities of making their mark.

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they used smaller pieces of card to create bridges and pattern.

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once the paint was dry they added more detail with chalk pastels.

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Reworking the painting using the chalk pastels added a whole new dimension to the finished work.

Together they created the most wonderful and interesting cityscape.

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Exploring Leaf Pattern

January 19th, 2017

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Our Lady Of Lourdes, Goldenbridge,

Class :Senior Infants

Teacher: Ms O’Dwyer

we started by taking a stroll around the school and collecting leaves. the children closely examined the leaves and made pencil drawings of their veins.

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Watercolour paints were used for colour and gold insulation for pattern and texture.

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The Super Moon

January 19th, 2017

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Our Lady of The Wayside, Bluebell

Class 6th

Teacher: Mr. Brett

This year, the full moons of October, November and December all took place when the moon was at its closet point of approach in its orbit around Earth. The moon reached peak fullness around December 14th.. This led to investigation into the planets in our solar system.

the children worked as a group creating their own planets in chalk pastel on black paper.

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using materials from ReCreate they also constructed spaceships and rockets

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Parent and child workshops

January 19th, 2017

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The children and parents began by cutting down the gold and silver insulation into small squares.

They created patterns using the squares and made links between the patterns.

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They then dyed the salt using coloured chalks.

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once they had prepared enough colours , they added the salt to their patterned work.

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