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.