Zentangle Eyes to Clay Bowls


The grade 6 students have been very busy in the art room. Not a minute is wasted! They have now completed their gorgeous Zentangle eyes. The students had to demonstrate an ability to:

  • tone
  • create movement
  • add repeated patterns
  • present work neatly

Their results are fabulous.

Digital Art and LifeCards Reflection

Once that was complete they superimposed themselves interacting with their eye design. Then, they used Lifecards to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses.

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Now, it was time to turn their eye into a ceramic bowl. The students used a slab technique. They had to demonstrate how to make coils, slabs and how to join correctly. Textured rollers were encouraged for patterning. The bowls are certainly beautiful.

Once they are dry it will be time to glaze them. To prepare for this we began to study and review the colour wheel. To make this a fun experience I had them create a two lesson “creative colour wheel” painting. Once again, their art is lovely.

The last step is to create an “analogous relief foil sculpture“. The students are currently cutting the cardboard, adding hot glue texture and wrapping the pieces with foil. An analogous colour scheme will be applied to their pieces and then they will be assembled.



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Colour Tutorials and Harmonies


The HS Art Foundations class were reviewing colour theory. Many of the students have not studied colour before, other than primary and secondary colours. Therefore, I decided to create a fun and quick way for them to learn.

Colour Tutorials

The students had to research and demonstrate their understanding of colour mixing by producing a tutorial. Key words were written on the board, but the catch was, they had only ONE lesson to complete the task. The hands-on requirement, group work, and time limit turned a sometimes dull colour theory lesson, into an engaging and memorable experience.

I was astounded how engaged the students actually were, for the entire class!

Check out this ANIMOTO video of the students in action.

Once a good understanding of colour theory was gained, the students then applied four different colour schemes (such as: split-complimentary, triad, and analogous) to these Vietnam culture paintings.

This tutorial (below) was completed by a group of students who knew nothing about colour theory until they arrived today. I was so impressed by their results.

One of them said, “That was so fun, I never thought I could learn so much in one class.” That is all I could ask for!

The next step is to research, annotate and write a comparative study between two historical artists. Then it will be time to start their final summative piece for this quarter.

Exciting times in Studio A300!

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Grade 8 Progress-Sculpture Chairs


After our huge success selling our Endagermalia books (you can read more here) it was time for something completely different: CHAIR SCULPTURES.

The students were introduced to the terminology of sculpture from the elements to techniques and materials.

After discussing and comparing the key words they then created these stunning terminology sheets using Wordfoto. They had to add the words from memory. Afterwards they used Skitch to annotate each element, which were then combined to create an A4 poster for their sketchbooks.

Once they had gained the basic knowledge of sculpture it was now time to learn about the design process. The students brainstormed their themes, practiced developing ideas with random word input techniques, and changed the scale, texture and setting of their subject matter (a Surrealist technique),  to make their designs more interesting. It was important to develop their ideas and not take the first design, some students found this hard.

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The design process in Mrs Jardin’s class

All ideas and tutorials were collected on their Pinterest boards. For the research section they needed to collect photo resources of their topic and also look into You Tube tutorials to help with sculptural techniques. This project is entirely student-centered, as they need to plan, seek their own answers and watch their time management.

Now, the sculpture has begun which is definitely the most exciting time for all students.

At the end of every session the students record their achievements, findings, challenges and plans for the next class with 30Hands. We use the app to a very basic level but it is perfect for the purpose. The students photograph their work and then talk over the slide. They could draw and annotate but we want this to be quick and efficient for the students so I have simplified the process.


You can see some of the videos on the student blogs:

I will embed more videos later. Right now, they are adding just one or two slides to their blogs, but later they will have one complete movie of all their development.


Freedom by Hanbeom- Progress

There will be another update VERY soon. The chairs are changing quickly!



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Hundertwasser is Alive in G7

This is a continuation of my previous post where we left off with the students designing their gorgeous concepts.


They were required to choose a Vietnamese landscape photo and reinterpret it using Hundertwasser’s colourful, symbolic and highly patterned style. These were created with tracing paper which were brilliant for layering and retracing our favourite sections. The students were learning the importance of not taking their first idea so they had to have a minimum of three concepts.

To replicate Hunderwasser’s dark-bright style we painted the background of the canvas in black gesso first. The outline of the landscape was sketched in chalk, this required observational drawing skills, and then the painting began. The results have been brilliant so far, as the students have all been totally engaged. Here are the students in action:

Some have finished their paintings and I could not be happier, infact, I think we will share our work with the stunning museum, in Vienna, that inspired this project in the first place. Here are some of the finished or almost finished works of art.

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When the students are finished they will be completing a variety of tasks:

  • Step one will be to put the development of their work into Pic Collage and upload it to their blogs.
  • Step two, they need to write an artist’s statement using the LifeCards app.

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  • Step three, because we can’t legally steal images off of the internet, the students will need to “transform” them into a digital collage so that they can talk about the elements of a Hundertwasser painting using ExplainEverything.
  • Lastly, they will create a video where they analyze Hundertwasser’s work, their work, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.

For this task they will have a choice of Green screen, Buddy Poke, Explain Everything, Megaphoto and Photobooth. They will combine everything professionally in iMovie and upload it to You Tube. We will create a playlist of their videos and share it with the museum in Vienna.

  • Free music from Jamendo will be used for the background and will have to be correctly cited.

I will share their movies and final artwork next week


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Welcome G6 Q3


Once again, we began with our digital sketchbook covers. The students took selfies from interesting angles using MovieFX, then they added the photo into Wordfoto. This allowed the students to enter words that described themselves and their interests.

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They then drew their names using  graffiti. All the images were merged together in Superimpose. I love how varied the final images are!

Here are some of the final sketchbooks:



The sketchbook took two classes to complete, so now we were ready to begin our Zentangle eyes. The purpose of the task was to teach the students how to:

  •  Follow instructions, and assessment lists
  • Apply tone
  • Create pattern with Zentangles,
  • Create movement
  • Develop presentation skills.


This work is still ongoing but we do have a couple of students finished so here are their results. Very impressive! What a fabulous start to the quarter.

The next step will be to superimpose themselves into the eye.

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An Update: Art Foundations 1

We have only had 3 weeks since the Christmas break and now it is the TET break. So we decided to do a 3 week crash course in PERSPECTIVE. Even though this is a 9-12 class many students have never tried perspective before, so I broke it down into 3 small introductory tasks and one final piece, which they will be working on in their own time.

This video is a fabulous introduction to perspective and a great reminder when you have learnt the basics.

TASK 1: One Point Floating Shapes

TASK 2: One Point Looking Up

Task 3: Two Point Perspective Bird Houses



CHOOSE from 1 or 2 point perspective to create a final piece A4 or A3 size (black and white or color. Any media.)  Possible themes: Playground, Unusual city, Surrealistic room, Interior for a gallery, Iconic buildings in the school grounds. 

Many ideas can be found on: https://www.pinterest.com/rjardin/perspective/

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I really can’t wait to see their results!



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Hundertwasser Inspired ART, G7

After traveling to Austria and seeing Friedensreich Hunderwasser’s art and architecture in real life, I knew I wanted to teach a unit about him. There are so many reasons why we should be studying his work, ideas and inspirations!

  • He had a fun, colourful, simplified, yet achievable style of art- suitable for all age levels.
  • His passion for nature, and the ways he communicated his ideas were incredibly inspiring. I believe his environmental message is so important, and still relevant today.
  • Hundertwasser explored a variety of media from: painting, printing, design to architecture, which means a unit could have a great deal of choice and variety for the students.
  • His use of symbols such as the lollypop trees and spirals could enable students to think about their own symbols, and what is important to them.

Lesson 1

As the students entered the room this video was playing in the background. I read the introduction of my favourite Hundertwasser book, Hundertwasser for Kids- by Barbara Stieff, whilst they documented the information using sketchnotes. The students studied his paintings, but focused only on his trees and colour use.

Now, they were ready to try their own version of the trees in oil pastel and watercolour!

Lollypop Trees

Aren’t they stunning? It was SO relaxing creating them, that I introduced the task to my “Art For The Soul Class” (free teacher class).

When the paintings were complete it was time to photograph and manipulate their art using the Megaphoto app and layering the images with Superimpose. The manipulated images were used for a poster, which had to combine the image with one of Hundertwasser’s nature quotes.

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Step 1 was complete, now it was time to learn about Hundertwasser’s use of spirals. To Hundertwasser: spirals represented infinity, nature, life and the afterlife. They feature in many of his paintings. After introducing this to the students they were then required to use PicCollage to create 2 visual collages, one had to be of “spirals in nature” and the other “spirals in Hundertwasser’s paintings”.


The collages were then inserted into Lifecards and the students documented what they had learnt so far, then the cards were embedded onto the student blogs and printed.

We watched this video:

After a brief class discussion we were ready to analyze and document the elements in Hundertwasser’s paintings. The students created a poster in their books with small sketches of symbols and colours which they noticed in each painting. The list included: hidden faces, contour lines, domes, patterns, rounded squares, spirals, floating eyes, lollypop trees, teardrops and bright colours.

Now, they were ready to discover their first major task:


After selecting or merging a couple of Vietnamese landscape photos, the images were printed. The students created 3 concepts, by placing tracing paper on top and adding the elements gathered in their books. The next step will be to paint onto a black square canvas and share our final paintings with “THE HUNDERTWASSER NON PROFIT FOUNDATION


Task two of the unit will be based on Hundertwasser’s buildings but this time, the students will have many choices when it comes to the final task. I can’t wait to see their final results.

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