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Colour and Nature: Summative Blog

For our summative project, each child received a canvas and was asked to identify something in nature they would like to paint. The children had to identify the colours needed for their painting. Using only the primary colours as well as black and white, the children created their colours.

Colour and Nature: An Artist's Perspective

This week we looked at the work of Georgia O'Keefe. We learned that O'Keefe was inspired by nature and expressed herself through paintings of landscapes and flowers. We watched a short video of Georgia O'Keefe on Brain Pop Jr.
The video explained that O'Keefe loved to paint things from a different perspective. Many of her paintings of flowers are close up often resulting in the painting looking abstract. We looked at some of O'Keefe's paintings of flowers to understand her perspective and what she saw.
 The children then used magnifying glasses to examine real flowers at close range to see if they could discover new things that they couldn't see before.  Some of the children noted that some flowers had more than one colour and they could see where the colour changed when using the magnifying glass.
On Wednesday, the children used chalk and pastels to create their own nature images.  On Thursday, the children used clay to create fl…

Colour in Nature: Eric Carle Inspired Art

This week we looked at the art work of author and illustrator Eric Carle. We watched a short slide show of how Eric Carle paints tissue paper and how he uses those papers to create his images. Here is a link to his website

The children  looked at a number of his books to see his painting techniques and how he  uses his designs to create images.  The children then experimented rolling layers of paint onto paper. After the layers of paint were on the paper, the children used different edged paint scrapers to create designs.

On Friday, the children used stencils to trace onto their painted paper and then used these images to create their own stories becoming both author and illustrator.

Colour in Nature: Assessment

Today each child made a book to express their knowledge about colours in nature. This assessment helps us to see what each child is understanding and learning. Some of the comments were: Ryleigh: Red and blue make purple. Keira: The sky is blue. William: Red is a primary colour. Tyreese: Cucumbers are green. Chloe: I love purple. Sofia: Purple is a secondary colour.

Colour in Nature: Shade and Tint