In ancient Egyptian art, boats are common because they were such an important part of daily life. Often, they are depicted with flat water flowing just under the boat that is filled with a line of fish. This project captures the essence of Egyptian boat art through line and balance, and even includes making a stamp for the printed fish.
ABOUT EGYPTIAN BOATS
Today, there are many types of transportation on the road: cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, etc. In ancient Egypt, the Nile River was the ancient Egyptians’ highway, and there were many types of boats traveling up and down the river. There were fishing boats, cargo ships, funeral boats, war boats and even fancy golden boats used by the Pharaoh.
In recent years, food trucks have grown in popularity. Food trucks used to only serve the working class outside of construction sites and big businesses. In Trinidad of course our staple food truck sells Doubles but you can find food trucks selling a variety of tasty food options from empanadas and tacos to rice and beans with Jamaican Jerk meats!
Today, food trucks can be found in most cities, serving a wide variety of food. People of all ages can enjoy stopping for a unique meal at a food truck. Food trucks are even being hired to serve food at weddings! Have you ever eaten at a food truck?
After doing a directed line drawing of the truck, they started planning out what they were going to sell and his they wound design their display!
They had to make the most of their limited advertising space to attract customers and of course be sure they got the information they needed.
For our last class of the term I wanted to do something really simple and enjoyable but I still wanted to make sure it was packed with some good art-theory!
I decided that some good old Impressionist techniques would do the trick... but I really focused on creating tints here.
Each child was given a pallet pallet with a few colours and white of course and we experimented with how adding different amounts of white changed the intensity of the colours! So they learned that the more white they added the lighter the colour became!
This was so much fun and the plus side of course with all our art projects is they get a gorgeous piece of art to show off at home 😍
Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can’t understand it—how can he be in a bad mood when it’s SUCH a beautiful day? Admittedly this story is a bit young for my Picassos, even though they certainly still have days like Jim, but I chose it because the expressions are just sooooo good!
They each had to choose an expression and portray it on their monkey’s face. This was so much fun and every once in a while it’s nice to just chill with a simple drawing and have some fun!
This week the Warhols practiced drawing from observation. They looked at proportion and scale as well as how to use their lines to effectively portray the subject matter.
We painted using watercolours for additional practice manipulating this medium to achieve depth while still also giving a feeling of lightness and fluidity.
For Father’s Day this year the Picassos were challenged to create portrait of dad but using only coloured paper, scissors and glue! No pencils, no paint! 😳
This was soooo much fun! They went to town cutting shapes and I have to say I just love the results!
Happy Father’s Day!
In our last class we talked about whales! The intention of this project was to engage the imagination. What floats on the surface of the ocean? How big is the whale compared to the vessel? Of course they also got some hard facts to work with so we took on a short documentary on different types of whales... they learned some pretty cool facts and of course of things we were familiar with from before.
This piece also gave them the opportunity to play with creating tints and shades as the water appears to get lighter as it gets closer to the surface.
Be a fly on the wall in our art room! Take a look at what we do, how we do it and the smiles that I get to see week after week :)