Lesson 6 : Including Art Galleries you can visit.



Year 1 A7

Some extraordinary work from Y1A6 today.  Wonderful to see students so engaged in the task.  The hard work has certainly payed off.

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On Monday (our public holiday) I went to 3 different art galleries.  One of which was the Asia Contemporary Art Show at the Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place.

I came across several artists who had painted Sunflowers.

So far this year there has been some truly amazing work from both Year One and Year Two.  Here is some Year two work from Friday.

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There are always loads of art galleries and exhibitions on in Hong Kong.  It’s not always easy to find out about them so I will do my best to help keep you informed.

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Lesson 1 : First Lesson of the Term!

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Lines of Inquiry The use of tools and materials to create artworks

Differentiated Learning engagements 

  • Looking at the concept of shape and how it helps us to draw more complex images.
  • Explore and create a variety of geometric shapes which have curved lines.


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Can you see round or curved lines in nature?  Where else can you see curved lines or shapes?

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Lines of Inquiry The use of tools and materials to create artworks

  • Explore and create a variety of geometric shapes which have right angles ie rectangles and squares.

  • Introduce appropriate mathematical vocabulary.

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Planning should be Fun, Colourful & Visual!

Having been a class teacher for most of my Primary School teaching career I can completely sympathise with class teachers as to how time consuming it is to regularly familiarise once-self with the curriculum of every specialist class.

Class teachers already have multiple documents, planners and assessments for Language, Mathematics and Units of Inquiry.  It can all be a lot to deal with at the start of the year for both teachers, students and parents.

With this in mind I have created a colourful and easy-to-understand Visual Arts – Yearly Planner to try and make everyone’s life that little bit easier.

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Real Creativity vs the App

One question I am often asked as an Art Teacher is ‘What Apps should the children use for art.’ This is tricky as there are a lot of fantastic apps out there. I just don’t want the students using them.

Here is a rule that I set for myself, my students and for my own daughter. If it can be done without an app, don’t use an app. Any app, no matter how well programmed will never be as rich an experience as that feeling of a brand new slab of clay in your hands, the tools set out in front of you and the sensation of endless possibilities. As a teacher, I love being the only person coming home on the MTR with blue paint in my fingernails. That just means my students and I had the best day ever.

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There have been times when a piece of student artwork has left me speechless. On occasion I have seen students artwork that hasn’t met my expectations. I value each one equally. Because the student who is struggling to ‘get it looking right’ has as much potential as the other. They may be at a different stage in their creative journey or it may be that they answered in their own unique way. Children’s work should be cherished.

There is research coming out all the time claiming negative effects on the brain due to too much screen time. We are living in a very different age from when we grew up. Every time I take my daughter to the park, I seem to be the only parent who is watching their child play on the swings and interact with other children. It’s fascinating and these moments are precious. My problem is that children her age believe it is normal to check your phone every 5 minutes and for adults to escape into TV dramas and candycrush in the middle of the day. They believe the world has always been like this since the beginning of time.

Art has always been my escape. As a child my father would bring back all the used photocopying paper from the office so I could draw on the back. My mother who was also a primary school art teacher, would introduce me to batik, tie dye and all sorts of wonders. My holidays were spent backpacking through the Samatran jungle and cycling through remote villages in China. I was able to see the world and I carried a notebook everywhere I went filled with my pictures, songs and poems.

The only app we use in art class is for animation. I’m all for bringing to life a drawing you did, or a clay model you made. It’s involves team work, human interaction, planning and drawing out storyboards, trying out new materials, making and painting scenes on cardboard boxes and recyclables. But only after you’ve had all that experience will I let you use an Ipad, to share what you’ve made with others.

There isn’t an app for childhood. There isn’t an app for life experience nor an app for family. There are great apps, but none of them are relevant to a 7 year old’s art education.

– Mr G.