• Recycled A3 glossy card, black wax, tempera paint (red, yellow, blue), printing implements & oil pastel.
  • 2 Hours / 2 lessons
  • Pictures of Mandela in various typical Mandiba shirts.

Today I told the grade 3’s we were going to pretend that Woolworths had commissioned each of them to design a new men’s shirt.  They would sell it at R375.  But there were only three parameters or conditions: It had to be in the style of Nelson Mandel’s shirts.  It had to be symmetrical and it had to be made out of print.

I discussed the look of Mandela’s shirt (with the help of the trusty old internet) – the patterns and typical colours.  We talked about Mandela’s ability to look smart for the people while his shirt is untucked and without wearing a tie.  However, he does button his shirts right to the top which gives his collar a very smart look and he does have cuffs on his sleeves. another smart factor which needs to be part of their design.  They could add a pocket on one side if they could keep the patterns symmetrical over the pocket.

We discussed the meaning of symmetry quickly.  Just to refresh as they did have prior knowledge.

They watched me draw a shirt (which covered the surface area of the page) and begin printing the shirt demonstrating the symmetrical printing.  I then explained that the area above the shirt will be finger painted with colour experimentation (mixing the given primary colours).  They were to be like scientists and see how many different colours they can get out of the three colours.

Lesson 1: Drawing the shirt in black wax and printing with found and bought objects thereafter finger painting the background.

Lesson 2: Using oil pastel to fill in the back ground of the prints and to neaten up any mistakes.  

*Next and last lesson below 🙂

In lesson 2 I demonstrated blending related colour blending with the oil pastels.

I talked about the shadow which forms when your arms rest against your body and the shadow which forms inside the neck hole of the shirt. 

Link to the youtube picture roll I made…

Its so interesting the way shading and blending comes so naturally to some children and not to others.