During these last April holidays the junior school held Professional Learning days for the staff, part of which included a session with me for each planning team. Teams were asked to narrow their Visual Art focus for the upcoming term and identify some key areas that they would like support with. Some teams just enjoyed sitting and talking about the broad ideas and myriad of possibilities, issues they have had around work-flow or resource management. Others came with specific wishes and got stuck straight into creating teacher models for their upcoming lessons.
The Year 1 team worked on landscape paintings in the style of Van Gogh. By using a simple perspective layout and 'dabbing' paint technique, they completed effective exemplars for their students. Well done Year 1 teachers. I will load the video tutorial for this model onto our Videos page soon.
Our Year 2 team had a weather focus and spent their session creating winter landscapes in paint or torn paper. Such a great way to explore colour graduation and space. I will load the video tutorial for this model onto our Videos page soon. Click on the link at the top of the page.
I am in the process of arranging with my school to open workshops up to classroom teachers from local schools on Auckland's North Shore. Looking at morning sessions from 9:30 - 12:00 in the September school holidays. If this is of interest to you, please comment on this post.