Sand Art

Room 8’s Sand Art as a part of Making Our Mark - an inquiry using hands-on experiences to build fine motor skills.

This involved a variety of new skills for Year 3 and 4 students, using and holding a paintbrush properly, including koru designs into the animal image, using PVA glue, sprinkling sand and tea on the image and making sure that the glue is only going on the outline of the image, not us. We watched videos of two New Zealand Artists who use sand for their artwork. We were able to see how they applied the sand and what types of sand they used.

Student voice research -

Riley: Marcus Winter loves using art to entertain, teach and inspire people.  He is also known as the “Sandman”. He believes art can make a difference and he also make music videos.

Elliot: Marcus Winter performs with sand and you may have seen him on T.V. creating sand pictures with a light underneath it to advertise voting.

Max: Nancy Tschetner creates artwork with different types of sand.  She gets her sand from beaches all over New Zealand.

Creating our Artwork - Once we applied the PVA glue to the outline of the image we put on the first layer of tea. We let it dry and then we looked at the outline to make sure we had covered all of it, then we applied more PVA glue to the background and put sand in this area. This was time-consuming but we were able to achieve excellence in our design through perseverance.

It has been an interesting process for the students as they learnt how much paste to apply to their paintbrush and how to use the paintbrush properly. Similarly, using scissors to cut around objects carefully has been very time consuming but rewarding. As we continue on to create our next sand art design about Lake Taupo we will be able to use and fine tune our new skills.

Elliot said making our sand art was fun but tricky to put the glue in the right spots because you can go out of the lines.

Jay said it was fun making the sand art stingray because I got to glue it and use my hands to sprinkle the tea and sand over it.

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tea added to some artwork

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Researching artist

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Researching artist

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Researching artist

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Researching artist

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How to use our paint brush

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How to use our paint brush

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How to use our paint brush

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Designing our images

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cutting out artwork to display

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cut out our artwork to display it

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adding tea to our artwork

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adding tea to our artwork

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adding tea to our artwork

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adding tea to our artwork

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adding tea to our artwork

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adding tea to our artwork

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adding tea to our artwork

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adding tea to our artwork

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Adding sand to artwork

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Adding sand to artwork

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Adding sand to artwork

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Adding sand to artwork

Completed artwork