This time, we make something we can use everyday.
Kids are asked to design patterns under a subject of “Cactus”.
First, they are designing patterns, starting with pencil sketch, define the shape and lines. Then design the colour fillings.
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I like to use light clay with kids because they are easy to shape, easy to dry without leaving any cracks. The work can be preserved for quite a long time.
Making something out of light clay means you have to understand the body of the object, square? round? cylinder? And you will use your little fingers to form them. This is an interesting challenge not only for kids, sometimes adults cannot make it as well.
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As you may know, Mattisse made paper collage a new world of art.
Playing with paper has so much fun, they can be 2D and also 3D; it can be one layer, but also many layers. I encourage kids to use different papers with paints and brushes to organise their picture.
It sounds easy but actually, it is not so easy. Kids have to think and make a plan, they need to draw and create the object they need with paper.
The key point of this practise is not simply create something during my class, it is important to let them know, even the most common thing such as paper can be used as media of art.
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Fish flag is not so hard to prepare, but so much fun for our girls.
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I love to get children experiencing how different colours can be produced just by mixing three primary colours.
It is easy for them to make orange, green, or purple. But there are many other colours. For example, there can be ten different levels of orange, some are lighter, some are stronger. Therefore, I asked everyone of them to observe, letting them think about questions like, “what is the colour of grass under the sun? What is the colour of grass in the shade? ” and ask them try to mix these different greens by mixing different amount of yellow and blue, even try to put a bit more red inside.
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I love Chinese painting, playing with ink, water and a little colour.
Not only fun, but you can also create very strong paintings, and feel a bit oriental aesthetics which is absolutely beautiful.
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As another observation attempt, we use pencil instead of colours focusing on shape, outline, volume, and relationships of the objects.
Material we use: Soft pencil (6B), plastic eraser, hard paper
Objects we use: Still life
Class content: Observation + Creation
I encourage children to look and observe carefully by using my finger outlining the shape of each object, telling them “now it is going straight, or curve or side ways…”
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Chinese traditional painting is a kind of art which has a very long history. It presents a ZEN aesthetic and an oriental philosophy. Apart from this, the ink can just create beautiful texture on rice paper. And, it is such an nice tool to be creative with.
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Children love to draw from what they see and like. Then how to observe the environment and translate it into their own painting language becomes important. We don’t want children to be less confident in drawing.
We started our first Observation Drawing Class with acrylic colour.
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Watercolour is an extremely interesting painting media for both adults and children. It changes dramatically by using different mixing techniques, and there are many other materials we can use to create unique textures.
For the first class, we have been testing Five Basic Techniques to introduce watercolour to our students.
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