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Our last day edcurric356 summer school.

Our last day started with some frantic cutting, gluing, shaping, making and rolling. Trialling ideas, discussing ideas, creating flowers for a bouquet. My team working well together, everyone had a task they were working on- Viane had lilies, Molly was doing grass/greenery and I was working on the different lilies and composition etc. I had great fun working with little planning, and we managed to bring it together cohesively in the end to make a beautiful bride’s bouquet,including her hands, and the lacy bottom of her dress.

A short day today, discussing Maori art, viewing examples and hearing sample ideas. I made lots of notes about ideas/book names/character names from the myths and related ideas from the textbooks handed out.

We finished the afternoon by working on a tiki figure. Robert modelled a couple for us and explained the different steps for us as we went along. It is always amazing to see how varied work is after copying. Even amongst teachers! adults- perfectionists!
I wasn’t overly impressed with mine, but I did like the idea of using white crayon on black paper as kids can’t rub it out, they have to work carefully and plan so they don’t make too many visible mistakes.

The range of examples I have for paper construction lessons is awesome. I am glad everyone was ok with sharing theirs on the board so I could take photos. I plan on having an album of artwork that is full of students an d teachers work that can sit in the classroom as food for thought for kids to pick up and peruse.

I absolutely loved this weeks course. I wish I could do art all day everyday. I want to practise all the techniques and build a repertoire of work and just teach art in a school. I suppose the only jobs like that are In intermediate. Planning is not my forte but the second assignment has me thinking very practically, and I hope I will be able to access everyone else assignments to gather even more ideas.
I will be keeping my ideas journal nearby to fill it up when I get inspiration!

Edcurric day three- summer school art.

Today we ventured off to Auckland Domain to look at sculptures as a practise for our assessment task 2. After a lot of in-depth discussion, it was evident that everyone that looks at a sculpture or artwork has a very different opinion.
It was really interesting to share ideas about units with everyone and I have plenty of brain food to help me but out this upcoming assignment. I just need to choose my piece of art to use as a resource.
Unfortunately, the likelihood of being able to take a van or bus of children to visit one piece is pretty slim, so the ideal location of so many different pieces of art in the domain next to the museum is handy, as it. Is highly likely that a trip to the museum would be accepted!

Later this afternoon we began paper construction, and my group decided to do a bouquet of flowers rather than the crazy critter. I hope it comes together. I tried to plan something but everyone was more keen on just getting stuck in, however due to a lack of planning the ideas they initially had hadn’t been worked through and some paper and time has been wasted just leaving rust ration growing! I made some lilies, and intend on playing about making some other flowers and helping piece everything together once there is more to work on.

At this stage I don’t have much to say- I don’t want to be negative but I really prefer to work alone on artworks rather than collaboratively!

Edcurric 356 day two

Today we got stuck into our painting pretty much straight away. Following a brief explanation, we chose our pieces of mdf (prepared and primed already) and set off to find a space to work.
I chose a larger piece of mdf to work with, and planned to paint a duckling in a grassy field with daisies in the fore and backgrounds. Our first task was to pick a block colour and sponge it onto our mdf, using different techniques such as dabbing or showing strokes made by the sponge in swirls or lines… However it was suitable for us and our idea. As that dried, we were to sketch some ideas and pick one to chalk outline on our dried background. I skipped this step as I already had my composition planned by means of a photo. I chalked up my outline, and was informed that with children ideally you would get them to do a black outline so that the shapes aren’t so daunting to block colour.
As I was feeling pretty confident, I started to fill in the block colour, but also did a brown outline around and near the head so I wasn’t completely ignoring directions! Next we were to start on the background and add detail so that the bird would be fully integrated into the painting, keeping in mind the foreground to be completed after the bird if/where necessary.
I have previously uploaded photos of my process, as best as I could document it.

I liked how our brief was broad- and the various birds, techniques and colours implemented by others in the group was vast, with no two birds looking anything alike- even the Pukekos!
While some followed the technique to the letter and followed instructions, some did not at all, and that would be the same within a classroom as everyone works differently.

Interestingly, I overheard a conversation where someone asked another: “have you always been good at art?” I simply had to intervene- and reminded them that the reason we are here is not because we are good/bad at art and trying it get better- we are learning that art comes in many different forms and artists do as well. There is no “good” and”bad” and just because this one person can paint realistically does not mean that other work is bad or “worse”. The lady then reframed her question to ask: “have you always been able to paint so realistically?”. To which I responded more positively…

Another lady in the group was not feeling as confident with her artwork, and I’m unsure whether she purposely chose to do a simple bird and background or whether she did that and then changed her opinion of it, as she said she intended to use it as a simple example for a resource in her classroom. She said that she didn’t want to scare off the children, so made up her own bird based off parts of other known birds that she had picked and chosen from, and added random colour and left the background the sponged plain backdrop. She had a point, as the piece I finished would be quite daunting to smaller children who may feel inadequate- an issue I struggle with with Zoe (8), Sam (6), and not as often but occasionally Jess (3). However I don’t feel it’s ok as emerging teachers to put down our own work or consider ourselves “bad” as that makes it more difficult to then teach children if we are lacking in confidence.

In reflection, it would be necessary to follow all steps, so that the children had a working, simple example. Though I didn’t follow them all, I used the correct process, and merely missed the opportunity to use stencilling and mixed media, as I didn’t think it was appropriate to my artwork.
I am so proud of what I accomplished today!

Edcurric 356 day 1

Unfortunately I missed class yesterday as I had to be in court!
Today we started off by recapping yesterday which was about print-making and the different techniques to do so. I am gutted that I missed out on the card prints, and thought we would be lucky enough to do some polystyrene prints today, but we did a solid workshop on painting techniques, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

After looking at a number of examples (some mixed media) via ppt my creative juices were flowing and I was ready to sketch ideas- all I needed was the theme! Instead we focused on our technique and explored the media.
We did this by drawing plant shapes and transferring them to a larger scale, making a series of closed shapes. From there we divided our page into four parts and for each part had a specific ‘theme’ to follow.
The first part was ‘tints and tones’ - one colour (I used blue) plus black and white to change the tints (using white) and tones (using black). We were to fill in all the shapes from one section.
The next was ‘complementary tints and tones’ where we chose two complementary colours (I chose purple and yellow) and we changed the tints and tones of each and used the two colours to complement each other in the next section.
Following that we did a light-dark section where we could choose the technique to apply the paint creating blended shapes from light to dark.
The last part I have no idea how to spell, but we painted blocks of one colour, and when it dried we painted the complementary colour over it and scraped away patterns using the ends of our brushes.

I really enjoyed this method of exploration as it turned out a reasonable artwork in itself, and was a whole lot more interesting than the typical warm vs cold colours and colour wheels I remember from doing art in primary.

It was fascinating to view others’ work and see the colours they were able to make using the tints and tones method- I will certainly remember the potential colours for my painting tomorrow.

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