As a (freelance) teacher of Art and English, I’m always trying to think up new projects and ideas for lessons. Most of the time I try to take the lessons outside to parks, museums and galleries, where we can draw from observation and learn about art first-hand.
We also have some favourite classroom-based games, including:
– “What Am I?” (names of animals are drawn on numerous pieces of paper, each person sticks one to their forehead and tries to discover which it is by asking Yes/No questions like “Do I have hooves?”)
– “Exquisite Corpse”, aka “New Species” (each person draws part of a figure, then folds over the paper and passes it to the next person to complete)
– the self-explanatory “Keep-the-pencil-on-the-paper” and “No looking” drawings
– “Describe the picture” (one person picks a picture from an art book and describes it for the other person to draw)
On one of the rare occasions we weren’t out and about on my last visit to Kyiv, I came up with this very simple mosaic-making project. Suitable for all ages (with varying degrees of assistance).
Today my pupil and I were hard at work making a plasticine town. We’re not finished yet, but have got the basic infrastructure sorted: hospital, roads, bakery, grandma’s house, slide, sandpit, golden bread statue, roundabout, hotel, fountain and squirrels.
This week (and next) I’m in Ukraine teaching art. Amongst drawing, painting, photography, art history, printing, T-shirt design and a multitude of games, one of my favourite activities so far has been making animations with my pupils. We used stapled booklets of tracing paper, and, starting from the back, drew a picture on each sheet, changing it a little each time. Try this once and you’ll realise how much work went into the old Disney films (24 frames a second to be exact).
Here’s the demonstration piece I made before I arrived. There are 16 different frames in total (numbered in the corner), edited in iPhoto and iMovie.
Recently I had a fantastic opportunity to teach some beginners to knit. Thankyou Craft Guerrilla for the experience!
It was fun, but a reminder of how awkward it feels when you first hold the needles. Knitting is such a relaxing and therapeutic activity, but in order to get to that stage, you need to get through the slightly frustrating and slow process of learning. I was so proud to get a group of newbies through casting on and mastering knit stitch. They were keen enough to take their yarn and needles home, so hopefully I’ve inspired some new knitters.
I was so intensely focused on peering over everyone’s shoulders that I forgot to take any pictures, so here’s Sayed patiently acting as my ‘guinea pig’ learner. Apologies for the terrible quality images, but I couldn’t resist attempting an animated gif.