After school art: Exploring soil, thinking through drawing and making

We started out by examining a large clod of soil under magnifying lenses and making detailed pencil drawings imagining we were soil scientists making an investigation. This activity proved to be quite captivating with many discoveries in the soil such as small insects and tiny shiny particles.

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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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After School Art: musical instruments, observational drawing and found object printing

This week’s session started by revisiting the blind contour drawing of musical instruments the children had made last week. I pasted these onto a large sheet of paper and we took a closer look at them. The children began to see recognisable shapes that might initiate another drawing and I invited them to draw ‘in conversation’ with what was there and with each other. The only rule was to avoid drawing on somebody else’s lines. Fergus immediately found moustache like shapes in the baritone drawing.

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