Student Favourite: Online Art Activities

The following link contains

some online art activities for children

from the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

Some online art activities for children

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The children from Room 6 found

the following activities on that website particularly interesting:

* Patterns of Infinity

* Kumasa’s World of Dots

* Justine Cooper’s ‘Call of the Wild’ – A memory game

You may have to scroll down that page to see them.

#anfomhar – ‘Autumn Days’ (Estelle White) as a Word Picture – using ‘Visual Poetry Mosaic’

We have learned how to use a new online tool:

Visual Poetry Mosaic from Language is a

With it you can turn words into images.

We are experimenting with it at the moment.

It is fairly simple to use

and we like the way that it connects words and pictures.


This is Estelle White’s ‘Autumn Days’

If you click on this

you can see the words and hear the melody.

Autumn Days by Estelle White

Art Matters; A Menu of Activities 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

placebo:where is my mind
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Art in the First Term;





First Class; Myself;  Self Portrait; My Name.

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


Things that are special to me.


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.




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.




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.




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

Christmas promises

Thank You Cards



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;



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.




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;




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




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.



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





Ideas for art lessons;











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




Art Matters: Plans for Art (1st/2nd Class)

First and Second Class


Yearly Scheme for Art

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The time allocation for Arts Education (Art, Drama & Music) in 1st/2nd is three hours per week.


I plan for there to be extensive integration with topics from other subject areas e.g.,

with Language Development; English Irish, Mathematics, R.E., SESE, SPHE, etc.



I will assess the children’s progress in Art through

  • teacher observation,
  • some teacher designed tasks
  • and by saving samples of their work in a mini portfolio from September, December & June.

I will be particularly interested in their ability

  • to express themselves through their work;
  • their ability to learn new skills;
  • to follow instructions and to follow a process.

I would also like the children to assess their own learning

  • informally through discussion during and after class
  • and formally in Looking and Responding exercises.

There will be Parent/Teacher Meetings in December

School Reports in June.



I believe that every child is capable in the area of Art.

The range of activities will give each child the opportunity to be successful in this subject.


Arts Education; Art


Objectives; That the child should be enabled to


  • work from their own experience and imagination


  • use materials and tools as stimulus


  • work from observation and curiosity


  • use the work of artists and craft people as stimulus


  • have an opportunity to work with two and three dimensional forms


  • learn about process and product



A typical lesson will comprise of;


Step One; The stimulus


Step Two; The activity


Step Three; Evaluation



Concepts and skills development


Objectives; that the child would learn about the following concepts;


  • an awareness of line
  • shape
  • form
  • colour & tone
  • texture
  • pattern & rhythm
  • space


These concepts and skills will be developed as strands that follow are covered.



Sharon's wall design_這牆很藝術
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– Opportunities to Draw;


So that the child can express him or herself


with the marks that can be made with a variety of drawing instruments


on a range of surfaces.

[mb] Scary Faces
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– Use Paint and Colour;


Expressing him or herself by experimenting


with a variety of colour drawing instruments and media


Using Computer Programme ‘Paint’

print sample
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– Print;


To start with; using different textures and shapes, one or two colours.


Then beginning to organise print marks purposefully.




Relief prints


Mask outs


Computer experiments

:: Bold Mushies ::
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-Use of Clay;


exploring, manipulating, inventing, discovering the possibilities of clay


as a medium for imaginative expression.


Also coil pots and pinch pots.

 Altered Book - India
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explore and experiment with the properties and characteristics


of materials in making structures.


Making imaginative structures.


– Creating in Fabric and Fibre;


exploring the possibilities of fabric and fibre


as media for imaginative expression.


Simple Collages


We will be knitting


Looking and responding will be an important aspect of each strand.


This will involve language development.


Looking at the work of other artists



Step One; Looking at and responding to the work


Step Two; The follow up may involve


using art work the child has seen


as a starting point for their own work.


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Using a variety of techniques/media;


  • finger painting
  • blow painting
  • splatter painting
  • marbling
  • paint & crayon overlay
  • paint & crayon resist
  • paper batik designs


  • using charcoal
  • chalks
  • crayons
  • metallic crayons
  • pencil
  • colouring pencils
  • markers
  • doing crayon rubbings
  • stencilling,

Construction; 2D&3D;

  • paper sculpture
  • tearing
  • cutting & pasting
  • fringing
  • pleating
  • curling & weaving
  • montage& collage
  • using found objects

Printing; to include;

  • over printing
  • and fold over printing
  • relief prints
  • mask outs

Fabric and Fibre;

  • collage
  • knitting


  • making coil pots
  • pinch pots
  • integration with print


To ensure these techniques/media are all covered,

I will record as each is used on a sheet

like this pinned up in the classroom:

A useful chart for tracking techniques and media used.


Procedural Writing: What we did today in Art.

Great attention to detail Matthew. At 1st glance it’s hard to tell what’s original & which parts you added. Well done.

What we did today in Art:

First we chose a picture from an old calendar.

Then we took a ruler and pencil 

and ruled vertical lines 

as wide as the width of the ruler.

Then we cut along these lines

and cut the picture into strips.

We glued the strips down in the correct order

on a larger sheet of white paper

being careful to leave space between the strips.

We looked at the pictures and the colours in them.

We selected colours we would use

that would match these colours.

We drew in the white strips on the page

and coloured them in, to complete the picture.

We admired our work

and that of our friends.

This is also very good JC. Excellent observation and attention to detail. It turned out well.

Digital Art Week 2013

We continue to have great fun with Digital Art Week,

Digital Art Week 2013

which due to popular demand has been extended to a second week.


We made these pictures using the Collage Maker from

the National Gallery of Art’s Kidzone.


Here is the link if you would like to try it:

The Collage Machine from National Gallery of Art’s Kidzone

Many thanks to Adam, a TY student

who is here with us on Work Experience

who helped us do this today.

 Many congratulations to Matthew who learned to

‘Print Screen’,

‘Paste’ in ‘Paint’,

‘Crop’ and ‘Save’.

Using ‘Seasaws’ – Art Activity for Digital Art Week 2013

We are participating in Digital Art Week

To start the week we made seaside collages online.


When you use:

‘Seasaws’ – online art activity from National Gallery of Art (Washington)

you can make pictures of the sea and shore.


We like this because we live beside the sea.

Using ‘Scribbler’ – for Digital Art Week 2013

If you want to use ‘Scribbler’

to make pictures

like the pictures we made today

the link is here.


To save it, you have to press ALT and Print Screen (‘Prtscn’)

and then paste the screenshot using ‘Paint’.

This is a little complicated, but playing ‘Scribbler’

even without saving your picture is fun.

Student Blogging Challenge 2013 continued. Week 5; A Secret in the Forest.

We are continuing with the Student Blogging Challenge.

This is Challenge 5.

We were asked to write a story

based on an image of a forest

where there was a signpost saying:

A Secret Hides In This Forest.


You can read about the challenge here:

 Student Blogging Challenge 5: Secrets


We made a Photopeach Slideshow.

Nicole wrote the story.

Isabella drew the cat.

Clara drew the fairy.


The other children in 2nd Class Room 6

had already created the backgrounds.


HERE it is….

We hope you enjoy it!


The Secret That Lies In The Forest 

Construction: Paper Sculpture Town – Recycled Materials

Inspired by the Chinese Willow Pattern

Soon it will be Chinese New Year

We listened  to the story of the

Chinese Willow Pattern.



Then we acted out the story.

To finish we made ‘statues’

of that dramatic point in the story

where Li Chi’s Father tells Chang he must leave

and Li Chi begs her father to let her marry Chang.

We would love to hear what you think of our art.


A Song for Chinese New Year from ‘Children’s Music’ by Nancy Stewart.

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A Reminder:

Please don’t leave your child to explore online unattended

The internet is a portal to the world outside.

Children should be accompanied on this journey 😉

Seeing Pictures in Pictures: Emily Carr’s ‘Forest’

When 2nd Class, Room 6 were studying

the very beautiful painting ‘Forest’ by Emily Carr,

they were fascinated by pictures they could see in the picture.


The students of 2nd Class, Room 6 said

this was like finding pictures in the clouds in the sky.

Here are some of the images they could see in the original work.


A dragon

A Pirate

A Horse

What can you see in the picture?

‘I dream my painting and then paint my dream’. – Vincent Van Gogh

These are some of our pictures of trees.  

Before we did our project we often drew trees

that looked like lollipops 😉


We learnt about colour, shape and angle,

looking at masterpieces by a variety of artists.

These included Vincent Van Gogh

and Georgia O’Keeffe .


These are some of the trees we drew today

at the end of our project on the theme of trees.

‘I found I could say things with color and shapes

that I couldn’t say any other way

– things I had no words for’.

Georgia O’Keeffe


Thanks again to  Junior Art Gallery

whose link suggested this project to us.


We always appreciate feedback on our work 🙂

We would love you to comment!

‘Leaping Greenly Spirits of Trees’ – Art Project – Part 3

We spent the past few weeks looking at masterpieces of trees:

Van Gogh’s ‘The Mulberry Tree’

Mondrian’s ‘Gray Tree’

and Emily Carr’s  ‘Forest’

Georgia O’Keeffe’s ‘The Lawrence Tree’

and Klimt’s ‘Tree of Life’.

You can see more of this work on other posts 

You can see them here.

And also here.

Now having studied these works of art and trees ‘in real life’,

we will draw our own trees.

Before this project the most popular way

of drawing trees in the class was often like this:

However take a look at this slideshow

of the trees we drew since:


Perhaps after looking at our trees you might guess

which artist’s work we liked the best.


Was it Van Gogh’s colourful ‘Mulberry Tree?’

or Emily Carr’s ‘Forest’.


In fact as you can see from the graph below,

one artist’s work was a runaway success.


The children explained their choice by saying that

there seemed to be something ‘magical’

about Klimt’s ‘Tree of Life’

Spirits of Trees – An Art Project on the Theme of Trees

2nd Class Room 6 are continuing with

their art project on tree paintings.

Follow this link to see the first part of our project on trees.


We looked at some other famous pictures of trees.

We loved Georgia O’Keeffe’s  ‘The Lawrence Tree’

We loved the strong colour of the trunk,

the unusual angle of the painting

and the tiny stars in the sky.


We admired Emily Carr’s ‘Forest’

We were fascinated by

all the different colours of Emily Carr’s Forest.

We expected there might be green and brown.

But when we enlarged the painting on the whiteboard,

we could see blues, purples, yellows and lots of other colours.

Painting the sky and the grass is not like

painting a wall of our house or the kitchen door.

They are not all one colour blue or green.


Then we looked at Klimt’s wonderful ‘Tree of Life’.

We loved the bright colours, the branches

that curled round and round

and the little details among the branches.


To complete our project we are going to think about

colour, angle and shapes

and then draw our own trees.


“i thank You God for most this amazing day:

for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and a blue true dream of sky;”

                         from a poem by ee cummings

Inspired by Van Gogh and Mondrian: ‘Trees’ by 2nd Class Room 6

When our friend at Junior Art Gallery posted this link on their blog…

encouraging us to do the interesting art, that is on this link in turn

2nd Class, Room 6 didn’t need to be asked twice.

We chose to begin with

Van Gogh’s ‘The Mulberry Tree’

and the very different ‘Gray Tree’ by Mondrian

and tried to create our own versions.

The Mulberry Tree is colourful

and not surprisingly The Gray Tree is very grey.


Over the next few weeks

we will take a look at the other trees on this link:


‘Lawrence Tree’ by Georgia O’Keeffe,

‘Forest’ by Emily Carr,

‘Pine Tree Screen’ by Hasegawa Tohaku

and ‘The Tree of Life’ by Gustav Klimt.


We are working towards then, drawing

our own trees experimenting with

colour, shape, and angle as these

artists have done.

‘Trees’ by 2nd Class Room 6 on PhotoPeach

Many thanks to Junior Art Gallery for pointing us in the direction of this great idea.

DLTK Kids Artwork Ideas (Arbor Day)

This is the link to the 2nd part of this project 🙂

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Moments in the Sun – Being Successful – Taking Turns

We were talking in class about ‘moments in the sun’,

how every now and then some one has a day

where their talents are celebrated.

The children who took part in the Kilcoole Feis

had this ‘moment in the sun’.


Mark and Fiona had their most recent moment

when they got prizes in the art competition

organised by Junior Art Gallery.


More success will occur when the class enter

the Write A Book competition.

Winners and runners up will be picked from each class.


We will also enter the Junior Spiders Awards

and the Texaco Art competition

and who knows what might happen.


We talked about how we can’t expect

to climb to the top of the mountain

and be successful every day.


Being successful takes hard work.

Being successful also takes good luck.

If the weather was sunny every day

we would take it for granted.

The children in 2nd Class, Room 6

agreed that they all love snow days

but if it snowed everyday

they would eventually find this tedious.

Winning the Lotto would be

a dream come true

for many people,

but if it happened every day

we might say:

‘Oh No, not another

Lotto win’ 😉


We can take it in turns to be successful

and have our ‘moments in the sun’.

We can congratulate friends

who are successful

and enjoy their success

with them.


Today Nicole was successful.

Her lovely picture received praise

from Junior Art Gallery:

Nicole’s picture on Junior Art

Well done Nicole 🙂

This link will bring you to other successes 2nd Class Room 6 have had.

A Visualization based on ‘Winter Song’ by by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

Today we listened to a beautiful song:


‘Winter Song’ by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

This is what Matthew drew.


‘Winter Song’ was familiar to many of the students

because it is currently being used in an often repeated

advertisement on the television.


We studied the lyrics.

We used our imagination

and we sketched some pictures

that the lyrics put into our heads.


Then we took a look at a

wonderful animation on Vimeo

to inspire us even further.

‘Winter Song’ by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson


Initially we used white chalk

on black sugar paper.

Then we added colour.

This is what we did:


These are the results:

Winter Pictures in Chalk on PhotoPeach


We would love to hear what you think of our artwork.

Do leave a comment.

We would love to hear from you.

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A Word to the Wise:

Please don’t leave your child to explore Vimeo or Photopeach unattended  :)

The internet is a portal to the world outside. Children should be supervised.

Visualizing ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

We visualized what happens in the song

‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’

Here is a detail from Shauna’s visualization:

Here is JC’s very detailed visualization:

Double click on JC’s picture

to see the ‘twelve lords a-leaping.’

Junior Art Gallery Competition

Children from 2nd Class Room 6 entered this competition:

Junior Art Gallery’s ‘Favourite Christmas Food’ Art Competition

from Junior Art Gallery

We received a very nice email

and some entries were on Twitter.
Favourite Christmas Food – Some entries

Click on this link …

to see the thirteen entries from 2nd class Room 6

in Junior Art Gallery’s

‘Favourite Food Competition’

on display in ‘The Happy Pear’.

Patrons are invited to vote for their favourite.

I love them all 😉


UPDATE: Happy News for Fiona and Mark

who received their prizes today in school.

Thank you to Junior Art Gallery for this opportunity and your kindness.

Fiona’s and Mark’s pictures are on this link: Junior Art Gallery