Sunday, July 25, 2010

Pimp your chair

You need:

  1. wooden chair for each student or one chair for two students
  2. water-based paint in various colours
  3. paint trays
  4. paint rollers
  5. brushes
  6. sandpaper
  7. ammonia
  8. newspapers

Pimping chairs is a nice activity for older kids. Ask students to bring an old wooden chair, or buy some old ones in a reclycle store. Discuss how to pimp a chair. How do you manage that? Do you choose a theme, for instance flowers or sports, or do you want to decorate it with motives? You can even choose an artist. How about a Keith Haring chair, or a Piet Mondriaan table? What colours do you use? How do you draw the design on the chair? Just drawing or is it better to use a cut mold?

Create a design on paper, on which the colours and patterns / designs that are selected are clearly indicated. Talk about the roles when the chair is made in groups. Who's doing what?

Put the chairs on newspapers. Sand the chair and make it completely greaseproof with a cloth and ammonia water. Let it dry. Draw the design with pencil on the chair. Paint the chair.

The table below is pimped by a group of students. For the tabletop they used chalkboard paint. This table is still in our classroom as an instruction table. Handy, because you can write on it!

All furniture is pimped by students of 11-12 years old