Hong Kong Buildings Project

Grade 1 have been drawing their plans of buildings in Hong Kong in their sketchbook to prepare for their 3D paper bag building project.


May 25th, 2016

Grade 2 were focusing on filling in the background of their building monoprints. The painted sky and monoprinted building have very different qualities which makes the building stand out more from the page. The students really enjoy painting and the room was really quiet as they concentrated on applying paint around the contours of their buildings.

Warming Up

Students arrive to the art room in the middle of a conversation, distracted or excited. So they started off the lesson with a five minute silent drawing warm up. They took to it so well that when asked to put the lids on the pens they didn’t want to stop. It was a simple way to settle the kids but also get them focused on the elements of lines and shapes that they will later apply to their monoprinting project.

Monoprinting #1

As part of their inquiry into how the world works, students investigated the natural habitat around the school collecting objects to focus their print work on. While drawing from observation they focused on line, learning about continuous, broken, thick, thin, straight and curly lines…

They also learnt a bit more information about Matisse and discussed one of his works using some elements of art vocabulary.

Abstract art, stencils and tertiary colours

The Grade 1 and 2 students are working on their final painting for the pattern project. Each week they add a new layer. Last week they learnt about qualities of a background layer, mixing quiet colours and experimenting with sponges. This week they mixed tertiary colours and created dynamic stencil patterns using the shapes. Next week they will begin their final layer.