Cultural Buildings Monoprinted

Grade 4 have been researching buildings from different places around the world as part of their inquiry into who we are. They have been focusing on drawing, printmaking and painting. During this lesson they focused on filling in background layer neatly and blending colours. On a side note, some colour vocab buzzing in the art room this week: ceruleum, cobalt and emerald! Great to hear them using accurate terminology.


Grade 4 Elements of Line and Shape

The students were given ‘line families’ and ‘shape families’. The activity was to mark down as many lines and shapes on the page in five minutes. The students concentrated really well and it was a great warm up for the following monoprinting project. Becoming familiar with lines and shapes will help them recognise and draw these when they observe their subject… the foundations of drawing.

Grade 4 Music Incursion

The Grade 4 students had a chance to interact with old music equipment thanks to our visitors Sev and Alex. Sev and Alex, also known as Tree-Angles brought in two old record players, one from 1950’s and one from 1980’s. They also brought in lots of vinyl for listening to but also for appreciating the artwork on these records. The students enjoyed ‘scratching’ the sound by pushing the record back and forward under the needle. They also did drawings in response to sounds. Click the link to listen to the sounds made by Tree-Angles.

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.