The children will represent leaves from the outside classroom through observational drawing and dyeing material.
Session A. Using the natural dyes from leaves the children created leaf patterns on material. They used the hammering technique as demonstrated by Miss Tester. After practicing on a small piece of fabric they were given a larger piece to create their patterns.
On what surface should the hammering be done?
What type of leaves do you need to select?
Year 3/4. Session A. using felt pens and highlighters to cover leaves, the children printed the dye onto fabric to create patterns. They practised first on a small piece of paper then when they were confident used a larger piece to create the best patterns.
What type of leaf is best for this activity?
Why is time a factor when using this technique? drawings.
Year 5/6. The children used diluted bleach to either paint on or around leaves before making a pattern on fabric.
What is this technique called?
What leaves did you choose?
Session B. looking for patterns in nature the children used a variety of paper and mark making materials to create drawings. After watching a brief video that shows the capturing of the patterns as well as pointers on scale and detail, they went outside and started by doing a rubbing of bark and a leaf. They had a choice of tasks to choose from that reflected how they saw patterns in nature.
Which tasks did you do?
What was your favourite and why?
Can you explain how you saw patterns in nature that you have not noticed or thought about before.