This session is broken into two sections. One is looking at artists and how they represent nature in art. The second section explores creating texture or changing colour and pattern.
Key stage 1: the children were introduced to 3 different artists, Frank Bowling, William Morris and Gabriel Munter. Having had an introduction to each artist and their work, the children put them in order from favourite to least favourite. They were questioned on their choices. The picture was stuck into their sketch book and they could label with words what they could see or draw a section from the chosen picture underneath.
Which artist was your least favourite and why?
Which was your favourite and why?
What did you see in the picture that made you choose it?
How did that relate to nature?
The following activity used observation to help develop and share experiences, ideas and imagination.
There was a selection of pictures of butterflies, the children picked the one they liked best. They shared why they picked it and why they liked it. After sticking it in their sketch books they had to select colours to represent the butterfly and build a colour swatch.
Did you see colours you didn’t see with your first look?
Were you able to blend colours to get a match?
Why did you choose that butterfly?
Key stage 2: the children were introduced to the same artist’s work but used their previous knowledge to suggest who the artists were. Once the artists had been revealed, the chosen picture was put in their sketch book and an explanation of why they had picked that one written in. Some p4c questioning techniques were used to encourage deeper thinking with in their answer.
After choosing their favourite butterfly the children designed a cocoon using colour and pattern to distinguish which one they had chosen.
The second session for key stage1 involved sewing simple stitches. They were required to thread shoelaces through a template to learn running stitch.
Can you remember the Miss Tester song to go over and under?
Key stage2: years 3 and 4 were threading their own needle and sewing using anchor stitch and running stitch and practised the skill of ruching.
How did you manage with the needle threading?
What is ruching?
Years 5 and 6 used lines of symmetry to create a new coloured piece of fabric.
What was important about folding your fabric?