After School Art: Snails, thinking through drawing

Today I put on the gardening gloves and turned over every flower pot in my garden looking for snails. Where are they when you need them? I eventually located six lucky ones who would be the inspiration for our artistic inquiry this term.

I’ve decided to explore how to build new knowledge through inquiry based learning and in particular through material investigation.

We started the session by making a shared drawing and writing about what we already knew about snails. Interestingly a discussion on slowness resulted in lots of turbo charged snails being drawn.

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Art after school: rain, layered drawings

In this week’s art club we continued to work with the rain theme-it was still raining. The children looked at reflections in distorted reflective surfaces and tried to capture these by drawing around each other’s image. They decided that reflections were quite wobbly, broken up and not the same colour as the real thing.

We created layered drawings of water and reflections using translucent paper thinking about the strength of the mark making on each layer.

 

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: nests

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.