Foundation Class / Year 1
Mrs. Davidson, Mr. McCaie, Mrs Alton
Art linked with poetry and drama:Poetry Roll
The initial spark was a movement session. The prompts were beetles scuttling and swans gliding, followed by a class discussion about the animals they might see at Velator and how might they move?
Then the children’s ideas were gathered together. One child wrote out the poem onto an old cream blind using a washable black felt tip. The teacher then went over this with a permanent black ink marker. Blue wax crayon containing sparkling bits was then applied. Glitter pens could be substituted.
Brush and dye gave the streaks of blue. Tissue paper was ripped and stuck on to finish the work.“Large Dragonflies”
Starting with a large green plastic trellis. Into this the children wove different green and brown materials, e.g. crepe paper and carrier bags to give a background. Then they wove in natural materials, e.g. rushes, grasses and leaves. To make the large dragonflies, the teacher made the body shapes by
scrunching newspaper inside plastic bags. The children covered these with mod rock. Paper mache could have been used as an alternative. The wings were made with horticultural wire covered with net and painted. Willow could have been used an alternative.“Fish”
Starting with blue fabric. Then the fishes were made and fastened to the fabric. Magnolia grandiflora leaves were used but laurel could be substituted.“Swans”
Swan shapes drawn by children, cut out, covered with glue and then
pale blue and white tissue paper was stuck on.Painted Stones
Lots of discussion. Site visit looking at photos and books.
Drawing then painting on stones using ready mix then varnished when dry.
Years 1 and 2
Miss Morgan and Miss RobertsMosaic
Consideration was given to finding a technique to involve all the children in large shared pieces of art work. Mr Blackman came to show the children a mosaic he had done at Pilton. Walk to Velator with the children. They observed and discussed the site whilst there and chose the goose, king cup,dragonfly, duck and water as their group subjects. They used the photos and books to reference the colours. A card shape and the squares of chosen colour were cut. Glue was applied in sections and the coloured paper put on.Mrs FrancisArt & Literacy Work
The poem "A ducks ditty" was the stimulus for the literacy work. There was a handwriting activity and the children learnt the poem, which they recited in Assembly. The techniques of note making were discussed and the children were asked to research at home and make notes about the colour, shape and markings of the ducks. The children were given written instructions to follow to make their ducks.
- Draw duck outline on card and cut out.
- Flip over your duck shape onto second piece of card to do the reverse. Draw round the shape and cut out.
- Fasten together the 2 shapes with brown masking tape. Leave an opening to stuff slightly with newspaper.
- Using adhesive parcel tape, cover your duck shape with 3 or 4 layers.
- Use ready mix to paint your ducks models.
Years 3 and 4
Miss Wyles and Mr JenkinsPrinting in Blue
Pre-talk. We want to observe whats on site, what to we need to take? – binoculars and camera. The site visit sat and absorbed. From the photo we took, we chose some to print out in black and white and enlarge to A3. Using an art viewfinder the children chose a section. They had 6 pieces of paper the same size to try to simplify what they saw. They did find it hard to make it simple enough to create a good print. Next they made their thick lines on the polystyrene tiles. Working in pair’s one child used light blue roller printing ink, the other dark blue roller printing ink. Multi Media Collage
An expression of sounds and colour.
- Looked at digital photos.
- Discussion of site visit thinking about the colours and sounds they experienced .
- Each group chose one photo that was enlarged to A3 in black and white.
- Discussion about which colours to use, e.g. blues, browns, greens in various materials, e.g. paper, foils, and cling film to give an impression of water.
- Starting with different sized paper, working in pairs, they did the water first.
- Then they built up the hills in layers of paper down to the reeds at the edge of the lake.
- Started at the front then built up at the edge of the lake.
- The lake was then placed onto blue paper to make the sky.
- Onto the blue paper, clouds were added in cotton wool or chalk.
- Own natural moss etc brought from home added the small details.
- A frame of cardboard was put round the outside so that it could be mounted with the photo for display.
Years 4 and 5
Mrs FryerArt linked with Geography
The children were given photos of Velator Wetland and were asked geographical questions. Site Visit. Children sketching. Then asked to make a word list of what they see and hear. Back in class they looked at their lists of words.Chalk Pictures
Photocopied photos in black and white. They were enlarged to A3 size.
The children used the art viewfinder to choose a section.
This section was then enlarged, and then they copied their section onto coloured sugar paper and coloured it with 1) black and white chalk, 2) charcoal and white chalk, and 3) coloured chalk.3D Insects
Bees, butterflies and dragon flies to be brightly coloured. Construction was with toilet tubes, papier-mâché and newspaper. The bodies were painted with ready mix, and the wings were made with horticultural wire, tissue or cellophane. The teacher used hot glue to stick the wings to the body.
Years 5 and 6
Mrs Nicola Spear and Mrs Anne RoperVelator Inspiration for Poetry and Artwork
Pre-site visit. What do you expect to find at Velator? Quick discussion, then the children looked in reference books.
Site visit. Children made sketches of the things they saw, eg. swans, ducks and insects. They were asked to use their senses and jot down any words to illustrate what they saw, smelt and heard whilst they were sketching. On return to school the children used reference books for further research about the things they had sketched. 3 days of work followed. There was lots of work using similes and metaphors, eg. “Herons standing like kings”. Drafting poems developed from site gathered words. Redrafting SessionsLarge Cardboard Models
Construction of large models: Brief – Each large model to be all one colour with the detail given by the textured finish. The design patterns should be different on each of the two sides. Method – Using thick cardboard boxes, cut out the two sides of the shape. Masking tape the two sides together leaving a gap to allow them to be stuffed with newspaper. Sticky brown gummed paper was used, as you would papier-mâché. Then the pattern details were added most often with pieces of card cut and glued in place. Finally they were painted. Small Clay Models
The children made their clay models and we allowed them to dry naturally before we painted them.Weaving with Natural Materials
Mrs Nicky Jones, basket maker, who works with rush, textiles and willow, came to lead a day session with the year 6 children. She brought a variety of rushes and jute which were woven into mats and baskets. She teaches workshops locally and would be willing to come into schools or community groups. Ideally she feels if groups are large you would need to have 1 helper to 5 children and time set aside for her to talk to these helpers before the session started. She can be contacted by telephone 01805804219.