As we settle into good working practices, we have introduced collage – our first medium this year – to express our hopes and aspirations for art this term.
Please support our work over the coming weeks by bringing in anything you think we could use for our collages – it might be recycled sweet wrappers, envelopes, wrapping paper, paper napkins, paper tablecloths from restaurants, or newspapers and magazines.
Feel free to use your imagination!
As we continue to open up about ourselves and our passions, and see the connections between us, we are making personal profiles for our whole school community.
In KG-G2, one of the things we have been doing is very careful observational drawings of our favourite animals. Some of us have even done observational drawings of the things we love most in world after animals (and family!).
We have made numerous drafts in our efforts to realistically portray our animals. But have worked hard at the same time to capture the spirit of the animal with the flow and freedom of our lines.
Once we completed our pencil drawings, we imported them into Tayasui Sketches, which is a brilliant (and free) sketching app that parents can download at the App Store.
We have been experimenting with the different tools available and working out which ones realise the effects we are looking for.
Then we have been applying our understanding of colour harmony to colour our drawings. Some of us have been working with hex codes to get the exact complementary colour (or other harmony, for example monochromatic, analogous or triadic). Others of us have only used this as a platform to freestyle, which of course we encourage too in the name of art!
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One of the things we love about Tayasui Sketches is that we create multiple versions of our work nearly as fast as we think of the new idea!
We hope you enjoying seeing our work so far! We’ll keep updating with more as we finish.
Please download the Tayasui Sketches free app from the App Store to join us in our inquiry.
Today we looked a little deeper into the science of complementary colours and how to find them on the colour wheel. Some of us thought about how we could create an artwork of our favourite animals using our own colour scheme (of favourite colour and complementary colour).
We started looking at how complementary colours are used in design and we will start learning from some incredible paintings by the Impressionists, who were the first artists to apply the science of complementary colours to make their colours pop!
In Grades 3-5 our Canva skills are coming along handsomely. And Grade 2 have amazed Mr Eric and I with their abilities in Canva. Let’s see where they take them.
We look forward to sharing our imaginative profiles and animal paintings in due course.
Have a lovely week!
We are getting excited as we near being ready to reveal our profiles that we have been working on as a way of working out the different ways in which we are connected in our community. None are completely ready yet but watch this space…
We have been learning how to find and select good photos of our favourite animals and things we love most in the world. We have been amazed to discover how many colours there are in the world. And have been using Pantone books to choose our favourite colours, and online tools to convert those colours into hex codes – which is one of the languages the computer uses to reproduce colours exactly.
We have also made our first big path into colour harmony by learning about complementary colours. Complementary colours are ‘best friends’. They live opposite each other on the colour wheel. But what is more amazing is that if you were to add the two colours together – not in paint, but in light – you would get pure white light. True best friends. We’ll share more of our learning about colour later…
The design tool we have been using is called Canva and is free to use. If you want to join us, go to canva.com. We have also been having a lot of fun using different selfie apps, including Photobooth and the wonderful MSQRD (which you can download at the app store).
Come back to see our finished profiles!
Good morning kids & parents!
Please set aside 40 minutes today to work on your Canva profile. Go to your Google Classroom and read the assignment for today.
Either click on your link below or type in code below to get to your Google Classroom for this project.
Contact me through Google Classroom comments or via email email@example.com for support. Good luck and have fun!
This term we will be thinking about colour. We will be learning to appreciate just how many colour shades the human eye can see. We will be discovering what complimentary colours are and why they are so magical. And we will be connecting more with our community as we ask them exactly what their favorite colour shade is from the million plus that the human eye can see. We will turn their favorite colours into codes that we can work with on the computer.
We will then use those codes and details of other things our community loves to bump up our skills in Canva by making visual profiles for every member of our community. Then we will really be able to see the many ways in which we are all connected. And from there we will brainstorm ideas for our next community art projects.
Working together as a team, children from Grades 1, 2, 4 & 5 have been finding out what our community really cares about and putting that information together into profiles in a way that will help us all get to know each other a little better.
You might start to see these profiles appear around the school, particularly in the new year, as we use them to find our shared passions and break the ice to open up new friendships. But you will definitely see them next week as they have been the inspiration for a caring community project led by four Grade 5 children.
Please support Jessica, Jida, Milky, Raymond & their team as they take action on all our behalves to sell the beautiful animal-themed bracelets that they and their mixed-grade team have been feverishly making for the past few weeks. The money they raise will be the first for the KIS Community Art Fund. The team have pledged to use it to buy observational drawing sketchbooks for our community to create a whole new way for us to connect.
What will everyone choose to draw? Who will draw the same things? What will what we draw reveal about us? Where and when – and with whom – will people take time to draw? How can we support each other as developing artists?
We were very excited to have two special guests to the art room today. Ba Sanga & P Mam came to teach us how to make their beautiful butterflies out of wire and beads.
It was a whole school effort, with KG, grade ones and twos prepping the parts we needed in morning classes today and lunch club. Many thanks to KIS parents who got roped in to helping us out with that yesterday at Avani’s birthday party!!
The butterfly lunch club girls got a chance to work with Ba Sanga and P Mam before they had to go back to class and then G5B were the lucky ones to be taught how to put all those elements together into a final butterfly.
The kids made us proud as excellent hosts, using their Thai language skills to translate for non-Thai speakers, including me, and to bond with our guests. We got to know the ladies a little bit better, taught how to make these wonderful butterflies and the kids particularly enjoyed a trick Ba Sanga & P Mam taught us for removing a bead from the middle of the wire without having to take all the ones before it off.
We hope to have more members of
our community coming to teach us in a series of workshops in the new year. Parents most welcome.
Watch this space.