These 4 circular panels have been a collaboration with year 5 pupils in Art and Outdoor learning.
We made close observations of flower heads and created clay relief tiles, which were painted and glazed so they could go outside.
The children’s handmade tiles were mixed with glass square tiles to make these beautiful panels to brighten up our entrance corridor outside.
Tally charts and still life drawing, were the tools used by reception to capture the first wild flowers of spring.
Sawing, drilling wholes, collecting, threading, being creative, sharing resources and above all working together to create these wonderful woodland characters.
Collect leaves, seed pods, cones etc lay them onto paper or material and use a water spray, to spray paint your collection. The results are amazing, this is from our first parent group. Amazing job! Thank you for participating.
Natural materials don’t inhibit those children who would otherwise protest ‘but I can’t draw!’
- Gather the group together. Discuss what portraits are, and then say that they are going to make self portraits – but the only problem is – you have forgotten pens, paper and paintbrushes. What can you do? The children will probably leap to suggest they can use the natural materials around them!
- Let the children decide if they want to design individually or in twos or small groups. This will vary with age and confidence.
- Talk about the features of a face they may need to include – ears, eyes, nose, hair etc and encourage or suggest some useful materials like fluffy seeds for eyebrows for example.
- Set some environmentally aware ground rules in terms of parts of plants to collect/ leave alone. Otherwise agree only to collect plentiful loose materials such as fallen leaves/grasses.
- Talk about framing their portraits – what could they use? Sticks or twigs for example, of equal lengths.
- Discuss contrasting backgrounds – so the image is clear rather than blending in with the background – and how they may chose the backdrop to display the image.
- Let them spend time gathering materials and making self portraits. Are the faces happy or sad?
- Alternatively, they could design portraits of other beings – monsters/ wood spirits – let them decide the theme.
Now that the leaves have fallen off our deciduous trees, their once hidden faces are easier to spot.
As you walk look for some faces in the trees.
A tree may have only one eye showing as it mischievously winks at you, it may have both eyes open wide, or you may only spot the nose and mouth of a sleeping tree.
You may be able to tell how the tree is feeling – the signs are there!