Back to art club after the clock change, by the end of these four weeks we’d be starting the sessions at dusk, a perfect time to think about light and dark. Continue reading
Storm Doris left us with a trail of winter twigs with early buds strewn across roads and gardens and plenty of ideas and materials for this terms art club. Continue reading
First of six art sessions with families in Nowton Park, exploring and engaging with a woodland copse through art making. Continue reading
Second group embarking on the soil project (see previous post). I was interested to see some 3 d drawing of the soil sample. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.