Wednesday, November 30, 2011

You need:
  1. black construction paper

  2. scissors

  3. kite paper

  4. glue

In the folklore of the Netherlands, Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is a yearly feast on the evening of December 5th. Sinterklaas celebrates his birthday by distributing presents to all good children. Half November Saint Nicholas comes with is steam boat out of Spain to Holland. With his helpers, a lot of Black Pete's, he visits schools, hospitals, stores ands families.

This lesson is about Sinterklaas, but can be done with Santa too, or any other person with a recognizable silhouette.

Fold the black sheet and draw an oval as great as possible. Use this oval to draw a decorated frame. Cut this. Draw a silhouette against the fold of the resting piece of black paper, and cut it. Paste kite paper behind the fram, paste the silhouette in the middle of it.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Amsterdam by night

You need:

  1. white drawing sheet A4 size

  2. liquid water colour

  3. brush

  4. jar with water

  5. indian ink

  6. straw

  7. black and yellow construction paper

  8. scissors

  9. glue

Paint the white sheet blue or orange with liquid water colour; add water to get a brighter blue / orange above. Let dry. Drip some indian ink and blow it upwards with a straw. Cut a row of canal houses out of black paper and paste it on the coloured sheet. Cut and paste windows and a moon out of yellow paper.

Paste the artwork on a black sheet.

Artworks made by students of grade 4

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

In the style of Pablo Picasso

You need:
  1. white drawing sheet A4 size

  2. watercolour paint

  3. brushes

  4. black marker

  5. ruler and pencil

  6. scissors and gluetekenpapier op A4 formaat

  7. black construction paper 

Show some cubistic works of Picasso on the digital board. What do you see? What does the face look like?

Students draw a portrait. In this lesson we made a portrait of Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), the helper of our Dutch Sinterklaas. We called him Pietcasso! Of course this lesson can be done with any other portrait.

Colour the portrait with watercolour paint. Paint a background too. Outline with black marker.

Measure the face between hair and neck. Divide it in three and draw the lines with ruler and pencil on the drawing. Cut the three strips. Divide the strips in quares.

Paste the top of the face on a black sheet. Make a composition of the little squares; be sure there's not a facial square on the outside of the face. Paste the squares. Finally paste the lower face. 


Monday, November 21, 2011

Northern lights

You need:
  1. black construction paper A4 size

  2. chalk pastel

  3. white wallpaper with texture

  4. scissors

  5. glue

  6. fine black marker

I found this lesson via Flickr on Pinterest, but don't know to whom I have to give credit...

Show some northern light movies on Youtube. What can you tell about the colours? What movements do you see?

Draw a horizon line a little below the middle of a black sheet. Use different colours chalk pastels to colour the sea. Do not use too much chalk, so that it can be smudged.

Cut a strip of mountains out of black paper. Paste it on the horizon line. Use white chalk pastel to make snow on the mountains. Draw the northern light above the mountains. Smudge colours.

Draw a polar bear on an ice floe on the back of a piece of white wallpaper. Cut out. Draw details with a fine black marker. Paste the polar bear on the sea.

Finally paste the artwork on a bright coloured sheet.

By students of grade 5

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Patterned leaves

You need:
  1. drawing sheet A4 size

  2. pencil

  3. black marker

  4. water colour paint

  5. jar with water

  6. brush

  7. white pencil

  8. coloured sheet

Draw contours of leaves with a pencil on a white sheet. Don't forget some half ones on the edges. Draw veins. Trace the leaves and veins with a black marker. Fill the spaces between the veins with as many different patterns you can.
Paint the space between the leaves with water colour paint. Leave a white edge around the leaves. Let dry. Paste the artwork on a coloured sheet and finish the half leaves with a white pencil on this frame.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Silly sandwich

You need:

  1. drawing sheet 12 by 30 cm

  2. colour pencils

Create a super size sandwich, stacked with all your favorite things to eat! The sandwich could be as crazy or realistic as you want them to be, just stack them high!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Building a burger

I did this lesson in October 2009, and soon saw it on many blogs. It's still one of my favorite lessons.

This week we had the Dutch Week of School Breakfast, a good reason to build a lot of new burgers with students of grade 4.

How to do this? Look at this post.