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Glove Puppets

Glove Puppets

Students began this project by brain storming what professions they could base their glove puppet on. Students sketching out how their puppet character would look, keeping in mind what they would needed to include in order for their profession to be clear to the viewer. They also considered physical characteristics when designing the head including hair style and assessories. They had a great imagination as a class and came up with a wide variety of professions from chefs, wizards, artists and doctors to mention a few.

The heads were made from Papier Mâché and painted. The rest of the puppet was made from fabric which they hand sewed using the sewing machine. The limbs were stuffed with filling from pillows. They embellished the puppet with all knids of accessories. The students enjoyed this project and were very proud of their work. I think you’ll agree they did a great job.
chef plan This chef chef front profile chef side profile This wizard Puppet front profile

Stencilled Portrait Mural

Stencilled Portrait Mural

It can be difficult enough to think of art projects suitable for transition year students when you have a mixed class some of which have never done art before or they have only done art in 1st year so are out of practice or very weak. I find crafts work well and I always like to come up with group work as its good for students to get to know each other better as they are normally in a mixed class group unlike in their Junior classes so some students may not know each other.

Portrait drawing works really well. I take photos of all students and they manipulated them in Photoshop to break them down into 3 tones- black, grey and white. These are printed A4 size. Using a grid system students draw themselves. Students who have done art before love the challenge of drawing themselves from the photos and students who have not done art or are very weak can trace the photos and still have the ability to produce good work.

These drawings are used to create the stencil, one for each colour printed (black, grey and white). Here are some photos of the process for you to see as well as some examples of finished student portrait prints.

2 kim plan 3 Kim 1 colour prints4 Kim 2 colour prints 5 Kim 3 colour prints

Liadan 3 colour print Liezel 3 colour stencil print Claudia 3 colour stencil Aine Stencil Print

Clay Fish Tiles

Clay Fish Tiles

As well as learning basic drawing techniques in 1st year, I really like to cover as many crafts as possible. This gives the students a good taster of art and also caters for weaker students as there is not such an emphasis on drawing all the time and therefore they can still suceed in making some great art.

This is a project I like to do to introduce clay as it covers all the basics such as how to join clay together using slip and how to glaze. It also introduces the basic vocabulary such as bisque fired, slip, glaze etc.

The students started by drawing a series of fish studies from observation from photographs, drawing as realistically as possible, especially focusing on detail and colour and texture. These studies were used as a basis for designing and creating their clay tiles.
Colour study of fish 1 Fish 1 tile planFish 1 unfired Fish 1 glazed Fish 2 glazed Fish 3 glazed

Pointilsm Racoon Mural

Pointilsm Racoon Mural
7 ponitilism racoon3 Pointilism Racoon mural pieces

This lesson was inspired by Pointillism – grid drawing project that I seen on Julianna Kunstler’s Pinterest page. It was originally meant for students to do individually but I thought it would be perfect to do as a group project.

The image was a little small as there were 24 students in my class so I enlarged the Racoon image to A3 and then photocopied a mirror image so they would have 2 racoons to work from. I then stuck them together and cut them into 5x5cm square pieces. On the back of each piece I wrote a letter and a number so we would know how to put the mural back together and I laminated each piece.

Each student was given a piece at random to copy using the pointilism technique. If any student finished early they received a new piece to copy. Below are some photos of the process for you to see.

1 racoon orginal whisker piece for blog

Original racoon whisker

2 copied racoon whisker piece for blog

Copied racoon whisker

5 Racoon orginal eye piece

Original racoon eye

6 Copied Racoon mural eye piece for blog

Copied racoon eye

4 finished Racoon mural copy for blog

Completed racoon class mural

It took 3 double classes to add the finishing touches and assemble the finished mural, but the result is incredibly impressive! The students were very excited assembling the mural as they did not know what they were drawing until it was all assembled. I think this really helped them focus more on looking rather than trying to draw what they know it should look like.