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Observation lesson with nightmare class!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by saf_nqt, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Hi guys, I'm doing ppa cover and next week it's my observation with the class from hell and it's art. Today we drew pictures if one of monets paintings garden by the sea. Next week I was going to get them to colour it in with oil pastels. Now do I just stick to my ordinal plan or do something else to have more of an lesson?!?!

  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Teaching a new skill i e using pastels would be good for an observation as it will be easy to demonstrate progress.
    If it were me , I'd teach and practise the new skill and then tell the children they'll get to revise and use the new skill next week to colour in their pictures.
    Best of luck!
  3. having been in your position in the past, I fully understand your dilemma. I'd say pick something that the class are the most likely to engage with. For me, the boys in the class (Y6) were the issue, but they did like doing comic style illustrations - so my obs lesson was based on cartoon illustrations. The plus was that there wasn't any mess as I let them use felt pen for the colouring medium - that pleased them too!! We discussed beforehand the pro's and con's of felt pen and discussed how to use them to best effect, so that art skills were covered. Good luck with whatever you choose to do. [​IMG]
  4. Hey Laura, how would you use the oil pastels? What other work should they try it on before there actually picture? Also what skill is actually involved in using oil pastels?
  5. Thanks Kettle, but the topic is Impressionism so I can't really do comics or use felt tips.
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well they need to discover how to use the pastels do they have to press hard or light? ( Slow solid colouring is most effective)
    Can the just 'scribble or do they have to have a plan of how to fill thespace?
    What effect does layering the colour make?
    How easy is it to blend?
    What happens when they 'rub in' the colour?
    What happens if you use water at the edges? (blends and smoothes outlines)
    Lots of opportunity for mini plenaries here, which should please the observer.
    I'd give them 4 small pieces of paper to experiment on/with- could work with a partner if they wanted and discuss their findings.
  7. With impressionalism style of art bear in mind that the colour in the picture is developed by the use of small thin strokes which are used to produce the effect of light. The effect of light being the key element of impressionist style paintings. It might be a tricky concept to get across depending on age group, it will though help those who are hesitant with the style. All the best.
  8. Thanks Laura, these are great ideas.
    Would i demonstrate or let them find out for themselves? Could i have 4 pictures of the same flower which they could try layering, blending, using water at the edges, rubbing - is it with fingertips?
    Can you check my LO and SS.
    LO: To use oil pastels.
    I can use oil pastels in my drawing.
    I can use different tecniques such as layering, belnding, rubbing.

  9. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I agree with kettlebabe about the effect of small strokes but small children might find this difficult to achieve with pastels.
    "Would I demonstrate or let them find out for themselves?" Perhaps demonstrate one and let them investigate for the rest.
    [​IMG] Great idea.

    LO: To use oil pastels. /I can use oil pastels in my drawing. (Poss change to investigate using oil pastels and finding out which techniques work best?)
    SS: I can use different tecniques such as layering, belnding, rubbing. ( + and decide which I prefer?)

  10. Thanks laura. Are you an art teacher?
  11. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    No, I'm mfl trained (should have guessed from my username) but, as an unsuccessful return-to-teaching long-term supply teacher, I've done several long-term stints for art specialist sick colleagues and learnt a fair bit.

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