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the advantages of the group…

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The group drawings we did were so successful last year i wanted to implement them again. They promote collaboration, negotiation and even greater ambition in the scope of the children’s drawings as they grow to realise that as a group they can achieve far greater things.

P1150627our lovely headmistress pops into our class for a visit

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…also i noticed that when the kids work as a group they are less likely to ask me to resolve a drawing problem and more likely to work it out among themselves (which is a valuable lesson i think). I am really trying to promote this notion of the art always coming from the children themselves, so this problem solving makes me very happy!

P1150165My classroom windows have no glass, which makes for multiple interruptions from our noisy neighbours, the kindergarten class, who love to stick their heads through the window and scream 20 at a time “hello mummy” to me!!!…

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Here are some of our groups with their collective drawings…Around Christmas time i have given up trying to get the kids to go for subject matters closer to home as they are super fixated on the notions of a western Christmas, and they get such a kick out of drawing Santa Claus, reindeer, snow etc…who am i to say they should stop…

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butterfly hill posers…

Exhibition time…ahhh the challenges…a freshly painted room with no glass yet in the windows…so sticking to the wall is a challenge, and the fierce cross breeze meant no paper could be displayed on tables as planned as EVERYTHING flies away…aarghhhh

…but we manage, thanks to a bit of ingenuity on the boys part (we tip the tables keeping them low and out of the winds way and tape the drawings to them)

…and the whole school turns out, filing in class by classs…

Posers…that’s what my students are…they love love LOVE to be photographed and the older boys are the worst of all…!!So when we had our little exhibition for Butterfly Hill it was a big excuse for some serious posing with their works…


looking in the mirror

I give the kids a small mirror each and ask them to make a drawing of themselves. Last year i asked them to do so from memory and i wanted to see how different it would be if they actually had to scrutinise their own faces for any length of time.

Firstly they really enjoyed it, both the girls and the boys really looked at themselves closely and visibly liked looking at their expressions. Life is so communal here that there is not much time for the self i guess.  The results were really great. I particularly liked it when they managed to make accurate likenesses while still adding a little fantasy. Sai for example (whom i have taught for 3 years now) did this amazing Julian Opie style drawing and gave himself blonde hair and blue eyes…

Satin gave us a touch of the Simpsons i think…

I know the kids have seen the twilight movies and am wondering in Anthony was somewhat influenced by the aesthetic!… There are so many more to show, will have them all in the site eventually.