It’s Art time, of course!
We haven’t really talked about Art on the blog before but we are doing a really cool project right now that I thought I would share with you. There is also a really nice video that I want to add before it gets lost in the wilderness of the internet.
We are doing Birchbark Trees as a winter landscape watercolour painting. This is the first time that students have used water colours in our class and everyone is really excited. Water colours are so nice as they are easy to blend together to give a really rich beautiful look to a painting. So, for this project, we started of by looking at an example of a winter landscape done by the impressionist painter Claude Monet. We also had an opportunity to look at a range of works by the artist and discussed the colours, style and types of work done by the artist. A lot of blended, light colours that give a sense of serenity or tranquility.
Once we had had a chance to view some examples, students began their paintings by creating the birchbark trees that were going to be the focus of the painting. We had a really neat way to do this, though the students found it challenging to begin with. To create the trees, students used masking tap to tape off the shape of the trees. To do this, students had to rip off a section of tape and rip the tape down the middle. This was not easy for the students but with a lot of grumbling and hand holding, we managed to complete the hardest part of the project. Having ripped the tape down the middle, the students then taped the pieces on their papers, keeping the straight sides of the tape to the inside and the rough, ripped sides on the outside so that it created a sense of the rough edges of the tree.
Our next step was to paint in the horizon line. Next class, we will be adding the colours of the sky, which should be lots of fun. Keep an eye out for the finished paintings on the bulletin board.