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.

Art after school: painting textures

The children reflected on last weeks activity and agreed it was all about making marks to resemble texture such as scaly dinosaur skins. This week is about creating actual texture using paint with PVA glue and other textures such as flour and sand as thickeners. We mixed up some colours and had a bit of a messy time experimenting with different tools to make marks.

As the children were celebrating harvest festival we drew and painted some large autumnal sunflower heads using the texture techniques we had practised earlier.

Here are some of our photos, not a great quality as they’re from my mobile but a good use of textured paint.

Art after school: the colour wheel

P1060601Our second art club thinking about colour.  Today we brought along a variety of media just in the primary colours of red, yellow and blue. The children started making a colourwheel with paint then experimented with pencils, crayons and even coloured fibres to see how they could be mixed to create the secondary colours and beyond.

Liz had raided the toybox and brought along an exciting selection of brightly coloured plastic toys to draw. P1060605After spending some time examining these the children used their new skills to create still life art mixing all the colours they needed from the three primary colours on the table. one ingenious person even managed to mix a pale pink!


Art after school: making colour

P1060586P1060592P1060585The first of four art clubs all about colour. This week children looked at all the bright colours surrounding them and imagined a time when those colours were difficult to make. We chatted about what might have been used to create colours in ancient times and then set about making our own from natural materials on the table.

Using pestle and mortars and stones the children pounded, ground and mushed materials such as terracotta plant pots, soil, ash, soot, charcoal, chalk, rust, clay, turmeric, paprika, curry powder, beetroot, raspberries and blueberries.

Once a pigment was made we added beaten egg yolks as a binding agent and started sampling our fantastic range of paints. Beetroot looked fabulous and curry was a firm favourite as we were all starving.

After school art: local landscapes

This week we looked at David Hockney’s Yorkshire paintings of early spring landscapes.

David Hockney landscape
David Hockney landscape

The children talked about the colours in his landscapes and what they see in the local Suffolk countryside at this time of year.

The children chose a local landscape photograph to work from and quickly created a simplified composition from this using torn papers.

We then got out the acrylic paints, talked about simple colour mixing and demonstrated different ways of making marks and texture with the paint. The children then painted their compositions in acrylics and created texture using all kinds of tools from toothbrushes to sticks. Some of the children preferred to paint directly onto their collage composition to add extra texture.

We enjoyed seeing the children using some very daring colours in their landscapes.