Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

Coco Oil Pastel scratch-board project

Recently my class had a great time making their own scratch-board using oil pastels. We used the "Land of the Dead" from the movie Coco as inspiration for a colourful, geometric, fantasy landscape.

Step 1: use warm coloured crayons to colour a white sheet of paper
Step 2: cover the crayon completely with black oil pastel
Step 3: use a toothpick to draw (scratch away) a geometric landscape to reveal the colour beneath

This is great way to use a new technique with different materials and practice using the principle of design: contrast and the elements of design: colour, shape and form.

Here are some examples of student work:


Friday, December 28, 2018

Class Snowflake Project

Happy Holidays!

A simple, traditional and fun winter art activity is the class snowflake project. For this, I used two different basic templates for students to use as guides and then cut to make their own patterns.

They look great all together up in the hall, and make the school look more festive and ready for winter!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Something that you pass everyday Studio Project

This year I started doing Something that you pass everyday Studio Project. This encourages students to become more aware of inspiration that they might find all around them. The goal of the project is to find something that they pass everyday that they can use as inspiration for a drawing.

Once the drawing is complete, they colour it traditionally (with watercolour paint, pastels, pencil crayons or markers- depending on the available supplies), or digitally (Photoshop or another image program- depending on available resources).

Here is an example the I recently completed of a window that I pass by everyday. Most days, I walk by it without noticing it, but one day, it caught my eye and I saw how beautiful it was and took a quick picture for future reference. I did a drawing from the photo and the coloured it in Photoshop.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Environmental Art Project!

The Eco Club at my school recently completed this awesome project building some robots out of cardboard to encourage students and staff to properly dispose of used markers and old batteries.

The first robot is Marker-bot and kids are encouraged to feed it old markers.

The next one is Zap-bot and kids can feed it old batteries. 

This kind of project is great because it's a fun way to raise awareness about how to properly dispose of certain products and gets kids asking why. It is also an interdisciplinary project that combines visual arts and social studies with a co-curricular club. 

- Patrick

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

C'est l'halloween!

As part of the Extended French team, my colleague and I put together these quick and easy French Halloween Costumes- and it was a fun guessing game for the kids to figure out what we were dressed as- can you guess?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Principle of Design: Pattern

As I work through the elements and principles of design with my students, I try to find engaging and achievable projects to highlight the potential of each. The School of Islamic Geometric Design is a great site for patterns and got some fantastic ideas for a memorable pattern design studio project here:

There are so many beautiful patterns all around the Aga Khan Museum. It would be great to include a field trip to the museum to explore pattern and find inspiration.

I first visited the museum a few years ago, see some photos in a previous post: here.