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.

St Peter’s Care Home: colour mixing and painting

Week 4 in St Peter’s and this week we wanted to explore painting with the residents. We also tried out a new location this week, overlooking the site where the art garden will be installed. The painting was kept simple using brushes and sponges to make decorative marks on bird boxes and pebbles for the garden. We were pleased that some of the participants took decisions on how to paint the bird boxes and enjoyed creating pattern, Other people enjoyed finding colours to represent the flowers on the table or the pattern in their clothes.

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:

Art after school, The Feast, the installation

Over the last four weeks we have been working towards our autumn feast installation at art club. We wanted to create an artwork that made us celebrate the fruit and vegetables available in the garden and countryside at this time of year and how they could be imaginatively prepared.

The children, very beautifully, laid out their collaged plates, handmade felt, recipe cards and very imaginative food sculptures on their hand painted tablecloth. Luckily we also had a batch of pear and almond cakes to share with our exhibition visitors.

After school art: The Feast, preparing the tablecloth

This morning I raided my friend’s vegetable garden for the late autumn and early winter crops and arrived at art club with beautiful curly kale, red chard, beetroots, squash and various other freshly gathered vegetables and fruit.

Our theme for this half term is to create an imaginary multimedia feast installation that celebrates our locally grown vegetables. This will be exhibited to parents at the end of the last art club. The children have lots of ideas so hopefully we will be able to explore them all.

This week we started out sketching the vegetables then I demonstrated some techniques to paint on fabric and we covered a huge tablecloth with drawings. Next the children started thinking about imaginary recipes using the vegetables and drew up recipe cards to illustrate their ideas. We’ll be working on these some more but meanwhile here are the photos.