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The Arts Unit @home Art Bites - Operation Art - 1. Junkyard robots

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HEIDI WINDEISEN: Hi, everyone. My name's Heidi Windeisen. And I'm the Operation Art Project Officer here at The Arts Unit. Today, I'm going to take you through the steps of how to make your very own junkyard robot. Before we begin, though, I'd like you to watch the YouTube clip following the link below.

I hope you enjoyed the YouTube clip. Now that you're back, we're going to make our very own robot. So the things you're going to need to start are a box for the body I've just got an old cereal box here and an egg carton for the head. And you'll need at least four toilet rolls, some scissors, and some masking tape.

So to begin, we're going to take the body, and we're going to attach the legs. So we need to make sure they're evenly placed on the bottom of the robot's body. And just take some masking tape, tearing it off, and attaching.

Masking tape is easier to use than sticky tape, because you can tear it rather than having to use your scissors. And also when we paint over the top, the paint will stick much better to the masking tape than it will to ordinary sticky tape. I might pop a little bit on the sides as well, because we don't want the legs to fall off. All right.

Now let's just check that he's evenly balanced and he can stand up. Perfect. OK. Once I've got the legs on and I'm happy that he's balanced, I'm going to attach the head. Now it's up to you. You can have it on the side this way or you can have it on the top. If you wanted to put it on the side, you could also attach a neck in the middle, like this. That's up to you.

Today, I'm going to place the head on top this way. Again, I'm going to need some more tape. so that everything's nice and secure. All right. I want you to pause the video now, and go and have a turn of this step by yourself.

How did you go? Are you ready? Next, we're going to add some arms. Now if you have a look at the arms I have here, they've got this nice angle on them. And that's so when I attach them, I can have them facing down or up or forward or any way that I like.

So I'm going to show you, now, you'll grab your toilet roll and give it a little pinch. You might need a parent to help you with the scissors, and just snip off a triangle. Once you've done that, you'll have that lovely angle so that you can attach the arms. I'm going to lie it down to make it a little bit easier and stick on one arm here. And then my other arm, I might have the other arm facing up ways so it looks like he's giving us a little bit of a wave, OK, and there we go. There's your robot with arms and legs and a head.

Once your robot is together, it's time to give him some colour. I've chosen red. So I've got a sponge here to apply my paint, just an ordinary kitchen sponge, and some red paint in a container. Now this paint is fairly thick, so it will give me a good coverage over my boxes. Use your sponge to apply the paint all over. I want you to pause the video now and go and have a turn.

Your back. Is your robot nice and dry? It's time to add some eyes to give him a little bit of personality. Now I've found these two eyes on this cereal box that I've cut out. If you don't have a cereal box with pictures of eyes, you could cut some out of the newspaper, you could draw the eyes on, or you could use some of those plastic goggly eyes that you can get from the craft store.

So just with some ordinary glue, I'm going to paste my robot's eyes. If you wanted to, to add some extra decorations, you can stick on bits and pieces that you find from home, some crafty pieces, or you could stick some stickers on. I've got a couple here, which I'm just going to stick on now. You could draw some pictures on him, whatever you wanted, to add a little bit more interest. Pause the video now, and off you go.

Now that you've created your 3D piece of work, we're going to use it to create a 2D piece of work. You're going to need a large piece of paper, a black Texta, the sun, and your robot. I want you to have a look at the little video coming up to show you how to trace around the shadow of your robot.

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How did you go tracing around your robots? You should have at least two shadows traced. The next thing we're going to do is find a newspaper or some magazines, and we're going to go through and cut out the pages in colours. So you might like to think of two different colour schemes that you'd like to use. You can see in ours here, we've chosen pink and blue together and yellows and browns together. That helps us decide which pieces of paper we're going to cut up for our collage.

You found your magazine or newspaper pieces and sorted them into colours? Excellent. I hope you've got them all cut up into tiny pieces, because now it's time to stick them onto your shadows.

So just with your glue, make sure that you get lots of glue on the back of each piece, and stick it within the shadow shape. Make sure that it touches right to the edges so we get that nice shape of your shadowed robot. Pause the video now, and go and finish off your collage.

Welcome back. That's a big job, isn't it. You finished collaging your robot. Now it's time to display them. You can hang your 2D work with your 3D work in front, just like this. We'd be really excited to see what you've come up with. If you'd like to take a photo and send it to the email address below, we'd be really happy to receive your work. Have a great day.

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