A speedy art activity for under fives between performances of The Big Red Bath at the Theatre Royal. We brought along a multitude of red materials and a vast quantity of red dough and invited the children to create a small red creature that might live in the big red bath. Bubble wrap was a great substitute for bath water and someone even added shower fittings to their creation.
We really enjoyed running this activity which felt process driven, visually appealing and really easy for the children to engage in, with or without their parents.
It was the last of four art club sessions for Norton children this week as well. They’ve worked on the same project as Lawshall so its been interesting to see different ways in which they interpret the idea and explore the materials.
It’s been good to watch the children find creative ways to overcome the difficulty of handling the natural materials. In some cases this meant holding someone else’s nest together while they fixed it with wire and in other cases some excellent collaborative artwork.
In the stark winter landscape garden birds are suddenly very visible and the children at Lawshall have some interesting garden visitors including spotted woodpeckers and barn owls. Continue reading
The last of our four weeks about the changing seasonal landscape around the village. This week we extended the activity of drawing and layering winter branches. Each child worked drawing into a white box creating a background of bare branches. I was pleased to see them experimenting with some different types of mark making after last week. They then used 3d materials to construct a forest and perhaps some passing wildlife. I enjoyed some of the conversations that cropped up around the activity such as local horses being spooked by starling murmurations and a discussion over the use of the word ‘sapling’.
At the end of the session the children used torches to light their forests and took the photos below.
After stretching our imaginations last week this Monday we returned to close observational drawings. I gave each of the children a large piece of paper with some tiny objects scattered on it and encourage them to look closely and draw each object using mainly their fingers and wrists to make the marks. Some of the drawings were almost too tiny to see but incredibly detailed when viewed with the magnifying sheet.
We then did some charcoal mark making exercises and selected a small object to draw really large.
This time the children drew with their whole arm with sweeping gestural strokes. I encouraged them to try and draw everything they saw including the shadows.
After the session we set out the drawings on the floor for a discussion. Most of the children had enjoyed the large drawings more. We talked about how we’d used hard pencils for the small drawings and charcoal for the large. One of the girls who liked to work small said she’d like to make a huge drawing in hard pencil. This brought to mind a wall sized pen and ink drawing I’d seen in the Saatchi’s ‘Paper’ exhibition. I must take that image next week.
Carrying on with our exploration of the room this week I asked the children to find a place in the room that was interesting to them and possible overlooked by other people. They spent a time in that space making notes and thinking about an imaginary creature that might live in that environment. Continue reading