Back to art club today and we’re thinking about journeys to school with the idea of sharing the work by creating a 3D map and trail in the hall on the last week. All four sessions will encourage careful looking at things that might be passed unnoticed.
Today our starting point was home and the children talked about their houses and tried to remember as many details as possible in a drawing. Where possible I hope to use materials that the children might encounter on their journey so I found some old flat surface bricks to paint their houses onto. We discussed how they could make marks on the bricks and which media would be most successful. Most of them tried paint with wax crayons and some children carried on to make marks in the wet paint with a pencil.
Here’s what they got up to so far:
For our last session this term we explored the idea of creating a narrative from the idea of the plants the children had created just keeping on growing.
First of all we had a 10 min session sharing ways to use charcoal. The children then set up their plants within a white box like a stage set and added a few more props to create a story. Using torches they looked at ways they could light the scenes in the most dramatic way.
With the lights off they used charcoal to draw their dramatic scenes-in retrospect I think this would have been fun photographed or filmed so maybe next time…. The children then decided to share their stories with the rest of the group. I’m really enjoying the fact that even the youngest members enjoy standing up in the group and talking about their artwork
Sorry no photos as it was rather dark and we were rather rushed but here are some photos of the children’s plant laboratory.
Our four week project imagines the type of plant that might grow from discarded plastic bottles. This week the children tried different ideas and techniques to transform the plastics into plant like shapes.
Here are some work in progress. Next week we will be thinking about how scientists classify new species of plants and the care that our new plants may need.
Wetheringsett School invited us to work with the whole school as part of their eco week. They were keen to create a shared large piece of art to be exhibited in the school. Before the project we agreed that the theme would be about an imaginary plant that might grow from discarded plastic bottles as they start to decompose.
The children collected sacks of plastic bottles and more Christmas sweet wrappers than we’ve ever seen gathered together in one place before, there’s something very beautiful and tactile about them en masse.
After an assembly introducing the theme the children took part in three activities. We worked with them exploring ways to transform the plastic materials into component parts of a large plant installation for the library area. The children discovered some ways of transforming the plastic bottles that we hadn’t seen used before.
Alongside this we asked the teachers to set up a large scale shared drawing allowing the children to imagine plants that might grow from the plastics. In another activity they put themselves in the position of scientists classifying the newly discovered plant and determining it’s growing needs and habits linking back into growth as a curriculum topic.
Here are a few photos of the artwork assembled in the library;
Over the last four weeks we have been working towards our autumn feast installation at art club. We wanted to create an artwork that made us celebrate the fruit and vegetables available in the garden and countryside at this time of year and how they could be imaginatively prepared.
The children, very beautifully, laid out their collaged plates, handmade felt, recipe cards and very imaginative food sculptures on their hand painted tablecloth. Luckily we also had a batch of pear and almond cakes to share with our exhibition visitors.
This was the last Art Club before Christmas so despite still being in November we had to go for it. Liz brought along some freshly soaked willow harvested from the water meadows in Bury St Edmunds and we taught the children the skills to weave these into willow circles. They then dived into a pile of winter foliage adding these to their rings before embellishing them with raffia and ribbons.
Here is the work in progress;
And here are the leaves finished. They will become part of our Autumn Feast Exhibition next Thursday.
Because the autumn leaves are so perfect this week I brought a selection along to inspire our felt making. The children spent a while observing the leaves and making sketches before starting. A lot of the children had made felt with me before and after trying a various hairstyles and facial hair with the wool roving they got stuck into the activity using coloured fibres, yarns and felt scraps to create some carefully observed and some imaginary leaves.
These photos are of the leaves before the rolling process . The children finished the session by making invitations to invite their parents to their feast exhibition next week.
This week was about creating tableware for our Autumn Feast but we started the session off with a collaborative drawing game to inspire some very imaginative recipes made from Autumn fruit and veg. One of the recipes featured a dish served by a rollercoaster.
These recipes were the starting point for magazine collaged plates and cups. The children searched for images to create their recipe or create a story about the preparation. Here are some of them, still a little gluey.
The autumn feast
We have twenty one children in art club at Norton. This afternoon we split them into three groups and gave them textured rocks, plastic dinosaurs, plants and clay and let them create their own dinosaur lands to draw.
We started off with some blind contour drawings in their sketchbooks to loosen up and try and capture the shapes. When they felt more confident they drew the dinosaur scenes large and looked at ways of adding texture marks to the dinosaur skins.
We didn’t get too many pictures as it was a little busy at the end trying to get finished.
Experimenting with texture-dinosaurs
Experimenting with texture-dinosaurs