After school art: journeys to school and flights of imagination

A chaotic day at art club today as we were sharing our space with all the parents in for book day. Last weekend I’d been at Tate Britain exploring ways of creating trails using digital technology and I wanted to play with some of the ideas for our ‘Journeys to School’ theme.

So this week I decided that as part of our large trail we’d create some stories about imaginary events on the way to school. The children started by drawing rough stories thinking about place, character, something they find and what happens and how the story ends.

I’d made some concertina books for them to work in and after working with some rough stories they set about recreating them using fabric collage and oil pastels. Sometimes the fabrics themselves took the stories in a whole new direction particularly when Sebastian discovered the tiger fur and feathers.

After school art: journeys to school, close looking and drawing from memory

Week Two of Art Club and the second week of journeys. The children have been looking carefully on their journeys to school and this week started by sharing some things they had noticed. Rosie had seen a dead pheasant this morning and other people noticed familiar people, buildings and vehicles.

I showed some photos of an artist who draws entire cityscapes from memory and we talked about how we might remember a place in so much detail. The children started describing the landscape of their journeys starting with the immediate surroundings of their home then moving through their journey.

Working on long lengths of paper they started to draw what they remembered moving into finer detail as they progressed.

As an extra activity we used some natural materials to create tree prints to add to the drawings.

After school art: journeys to school, painting homes from memory

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: