After school art: observational drawing and painting, lichens

I’ve been trying to let the children lead my session planning more this term. Last week we enjoyed working with natural objects so this week I brought in some of the amazing lichen I’ve been finding in the forest this month. As they’d enjoyed working with colour last week I decided to introduce water colours this week. Some of the children used a mixed media approach combining the paint with charcoal and oil pastel.

After school art: 3D local landscapes

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 school art: local landscapes, winter weather

Art club has been pretty busy the last couple of weeks and I sadly haven’t managed to photograph any art work. We’ve been thinking about seasonal changes in the local countryside using week 1 to make the most of the last autumn leaves with a printing project. Week 2, I adapted a project from Access Art which encouraged the children to take risks with their drawing. Using varied mark making and media they created some weather related narratives.

Today we focussed on bare branches drawing with twigs, ink and pens on different transparencies of paper. The children assembled their drawings into layered artworks to try to give the feel of looking into the bare bones of a winter forest.


Found Faces, Art and Storytelling at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

We came away from this morning’s workshop at the theatre really inspired by the way the children had responded to an integrated art and storytelling approach.


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Art after school, found and imagined textures

Our first of four art clubs exploring texture, today we discussed what we meant by texture P1060820and how we might use it in our art. To get started we gave each of the children a bag with something hidden inside then asked them to describe what they could feel and try and draw it using different materials and techniques. A lot of the children enjoyed using charcoal, covering their page entirely then making marks with a rubber.

Next they took turns suggesting words to describe texture and made marks to represent the words. I think scaly and spiky were the favourite ideas to draw.

Finally we used rubbings to discover what textures night be found on the surfaces of the school hall. The children selected their favourites to add to their sketchbooks and some of the children extended the activity transforming the rubbings into drawings or abstract designs.

Here’s a selection of sketchbook work:

Art after school: Texture and mark making, dinosaur skin

Our second week on texture. After reflecting on last weeks activities we took a look at P1060803Albert Durer’s imagined drawing of a rhinoceros. We decided that this drawing wouldn’t feel textured and that the artist had implied texture with mark making.

As a group we imagined dinosaur skin and described it with words and then visually trying to make marks to represent the textures.

The children set up still lifes with model dinosaurs and started making sketches of them using blind drawing techniques. After they worked on a larger scale drawings using their texture ideas to create the dinosaur’s skin. Continue reading