Friday, 4 January 2013

Apologies for Delayed Postings...

My sincere apologies to everyone for my lack of posting these past few months - it has been a very hectic time! We've been getting the house ready to begin our renovations this month, we are due with baby no.2 in June (and I have been VERY unwell so far) and the end of the school year doesn't get any easier - even if you only work one day a week! I hope everyone had a wonderful end to the school year, and has enjoyed all the festivities over this wonderful season of Christmas and New Year!

During the final school term, I was working on a Wednesday with my year 2 class, and I was given the task of teaching Art. I created the Art program for the whole stage, and the other teachers and I decided that we would teach it as a whole grade, therefore making a Wednesday afternoon Art afternoon - which you can guess the children thoroughly looked forward too! So my next few posts will be show casing our artworks - many of which were new to me, having found the activities on other bloggers sites!

The first activity we first created at the start of the term was this Nativity scene - a wonderful art activity shared by Gail Bartel on her blog over at The Artistic Woman. You can find all the instructions and the template over at her blog - the only thing I did differently with my students was I got them to paste their silhouette cut-outs on the BACK of the black brenex paper, so that when they cut them out they all you saw was the black shape. (I also got them to stick the star shape onto some shiny gold or silver paper).

Most students followed the instructions well, BUT I would suggest doing the project in stages - i.e. discuss the whole project, but explain the painting process first, then go through the cutting and pasting of the silhouette process after. You can see how well the paintings turned out, and the beauty of this activity is that no two artworks are the same.

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