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, 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.

Electric Forest, High Lodge, Thetford

During November we worked with children from Elveden Primary, Norwich Road Primary and USAF Mildenhall to make an installation for the Electric Forest event at High Lodge in Thetford Forest. The children collected used plastic bottles and using cutting and threading techniques transformed these into enormous imagined plants. The plant was named the Junklecreeper and a story emerged about a new invasive species that grew out of the plastic bottles thrown into a pit in the forest.

After we installed the artwork Phil Supple and his team designed lighting and and a soundscape for the experience. Thousands of visitors visited Electric Forest through December to enjoying the stunning light installations and the opportunity to be out in the forest after dark.