Category Archives: 1st year art projects

1 Colour Animal Lino Prints

1 Colour Animal Lino Prints

I think observation studies are very important for 1st years to develop. This project helped students practice their observation skills while learning the basic skills and techniques of lino printing. Students began drawing an animal of their own choice from observation from photographs and magazines as realistically as possible, focusing on detail and texture. These studies were used as a basis for their lino prints. Students used a variety of directional cuts to create contrasting texture in their lino prints.

Mcd's Bird lino print plan Mcd's 1 color lino print bird Mc'ds 1 colour lino print goat plan Mc'ds 1 colour lino print goat

Clay Fish Tiles

Clay Fish Tiles

As well as learning basic drawing techniques in 1st year, I really like to cover as many crafts as possible. This gives the students a good taster of art and also caters for weaker students as there is not such an emphasis on drawing all the time and therefore they can still suceed in making some great art.

This is a project I like to do to introduce clay as it covers all the basics such as how to join clay together using slip and how to glaze. It also introduces the basic vocabulary such as bisque fired, slip, glaze etc.

The students started by drawing a series of fish studies from observation from photographs, drawing as realistically as possible, especially focusing on detail and colour and texture. These studies were used as a basis for designing and creating their clay tiles.
Colour study of fish 1 Fish 1 tile planFish 1 unfired Fish 1 glazed Fish 2 glazed Fish 3 glazed

Pointilsm Racoon Mural

Pointilsm Racoon Mural
7 ponitilism racoon3 Pointilism Racoon mural pieces

This lesson was inspired by Pointillism – grid drawing project that I seen on Julianna Kunstler’s Pinterest page. It was originally meant for students to do individually but I thought it would be perfect to do as a group project.

The image was a little small as there were 24 students in my class so I enlarged the Racoon image to A3 and then photocopied a mirror image so they would have 2 racoons to work from. I then stuck them together and cut them into 5x5cm square pieces. On the back of each piece I wrote a letter and a number so we would know how to put the mural back together and I laminated each piece.

Each student was given a piece at random to copy using the pointilism technique. If any student finished early they received a new piece to copy. Below are some photos of the process for you to see.

1 racoon orginal whisker piece for blog

Original racoon whisker

2 copied racoon whisker piece for blog

Copied racoon whisker

5 Racoon orginal eye piece

Original racoon eye

6 Copied Racoon mural eye piece for blog

Copied racoon eye

4 finished Racoon mural copy for blog

Completed racoon class mural

It took 3 double classes to add the finishing touches and assemble the finished mural, but the result is incredibly impressive! The students were very excited assembling the mural as they did not know what they were drawing until it was all assembled. I think this really helped them focus more on looking rather than trying to draw what they know it should look like.