Art Matters; A Menu of Activities for First & Second Class

ART; A MENU FOR FIRST & SECOND CLASS

 

The Blue Spirit of Giverny!/L’âme bleue de Giverny!
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All themes have potential for

drawing, painting, printing, computer representations, & 2D construction (collage/montage).

 

 Themes are in keeping with the time of year and many are suggested by the RSE, SESE, Drama, PE programmes etc.

 

Suggestions where clay, 3D construction or fabric & fibre might be appropriate are made below.

 

 

In Second Class in our school we prepare for confession and communion ceremonies.

 

I propose to work from the start of the school year so as not to have a rush in the run up to May.

 

I intend doing a project on stained glass to integrate with confession and communion preparation.

 

 

I will include the story of the stained glass window

 

(The Good Shepherd) by Evie Hone in our local church

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Art in the First Term;

 

*September;

 

Themes;

First Class; Myself;  Self Portrait; My Name.

Things I like to do. Things I don’t like doing. Preferences.

Treasures.

Things that are special to me.

Friends

My Perfect Day

 

Second Class; Myself; Self Portrait;

How we are the same/how we differ.

How other people see me.

My favourite animal.

Special people in my life; Friends.

Name bugs.

 

Both classes; some work on shape and silhouette.

 

Themes from RE in preparation for Communion e.g. bible stories from Old and New Testament.

 

*October;

 

Themes; Autumn; Autumn Colours

Irish mammals/hedgehogs/mice; ‘scraffitto’

 

Halloween; Strand; Fabric & Fibre; Dress ups/costume

Also collage

Spiders/Bats/Ghosts; Crayon & Paint overlay also more work on silhouettes

Bonfire/fireworks; chalks/construction or painting. Warm colours; Oranges, reds, yellows. More work on shadow and silhouette.

 

Montage: People who keep us safe

Fire/Halloween Safety Posters

 

Second Class; Themes from RE in preparation for Communion e.g. bible stories from Old and New Testament.

 

*November;

 

Themes; Friends/Co-operating; collaborative work

Completing a picture a friend starts

 

Winter; Winter Colours – blues, greys, pale purple

Painting; contrasting Cool Colours/Warm Ones

Irish mammals that hibernate

 

Construction; A boat that floats out using plasticene or found objects

 

Dinosaurs; painting/construction in clay or plasticene

 

Fabric and Fibre; begin knitting after midterm

 

Second Class; Themes from RE in preparation for Communion e.g. bible stories from Old and New Testament.

 

*December;

 

Themes; Family/Christmas; Christmas colours/ wrapping paper patterns

Christmas promises

Thank You Cards

 

Second;

Use of clay to make nativity piece

Stained glass nativity

Potential for printing; wrapping paper

 

Second Class; Themes from RE in preparation for Communion e.g. bible stories from Old and New Testament.

 

رو به سردي
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Art in the Second Term;

*January;

 

Themes; The Planets

A Mouse from clay (from novel ‘ The Stone Mouse’ by Jenny Nimmo)

 

An Owl from clay (integration with novel ‘The Owl Tree’ by Jenny Nimmo)

 

My School & Neighbourhood; Frieze; collaborative groups

Second Class; Themes from RE in preparation for Communion e.g. bible stories from Old and New Testament.

 

*February;

 

Themes; Spring;

Growing & Changing

 

Strand; Fabric & Fibre revisited; collage

 

Valentine’s Day; Construction in clay or papier mache

 

Fabric and Fibre; Stitching knitted squares together to add to St. Brigid’s Cloak.

 

Second Class; Themes from RE in preparation for Communion e.g. bible stories from Old and New Testament.

 

*March; Mother’s Day

 

Themes; Feelings and emotions

Drawing as a response to music

2nd Making a puppet

 

St. Patrick’s Day

 

Introducing more colour: Pop Art Poster: Become a pop icon!

Mixing Colours

 

Second Class; Themes from RE in preparation for Communion e.g. bible stories from Old and New Testament.

 In Utero.
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Art in the Third Term approx;

 

*April;

 

Themes; Easter; Frieze, New Life; Growth in Spring; Growing things

 

April Showers; Wet Paper Painting

 

Abstract radiating flowers, using chalk

 

Wild animals you would find in other countries or the Zoo

 

Drawing bugs

 

Second Class; Themes from RE in preparation for Communion e.g. bible stories from Old and New Testament.

 

*May; Themes;

 

Summer; collage; found objects

 

Holidays

 

Printing using potatoes, apples etc.

 

Paper Sculpture; Stabile

 

Pontillism : Use of

Also use of Computer ‘Paint’ programme also

 

Second Class; Themes from RE in preparation for Communion e.g. bible stories from Old and New Testament.

 

*June;

Themes; Summer; Warm colours and cool ones

 

Water; washes, paint and crayon overlay

 

The Seaside; Beside the sea. Under the sea; collage

 

 

Resources for teaching Art

 

Pattern;

 

 

Ideas for art lessons;

 

 

 

 

Print;

 

 

Colour;

 

 

Stained glass;

 

 

 

Artists; e.g. Rousseau, Monet, Dali, Picasso, Matisse;

 

quirky, child friendly commentary)

 

Optical Illusions;

 

Resources – equipment;

 

 

Paint, paper, card, pencils, scissors, drinking straws,

tooth brushes, crayons, metallic crayons, charcoal,

chalks, colouring pencils, markers, stencils, fabric, 

plasticene, play dough, clay, printing ink and tools,

found and recycled objects, newspaper, cardboard, computer

 

A superb and comprehensive list here

on page 50 of June 2011’s In Touch,

in an article by Michael O’Reilly of the items

one would need to deliver the Primary Art Curriculum

‘Media and Materials’ by Michael O’Reilly

 

 

 

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