After reading ‘The Magic Finger‘ there was a great deal of interest in nest building.
Trying to build a nest with a clothes peg or chopsticks is challenging!
These were created with recycled materials and some bark from peeling sticks.
Cling film, coated with PVA glue lined a disc cone and then strips were pressed across the surface. Each layer was painted with glue. Use sparingly!
Left to dry they peeled from the cling film relatively successfully.
Walk to school week is the 21st to the 25th May this year.
Some time ago I planned some ideas for this event as part of a project.
After studying different pottery designs I supported some young artists to create their own.
We collected a selection of leaves and flowers.
These were arranged in many different ways until the artists were satisfied with their design.
The natural design was printed.
Every step was photographed and different stages in the process were printed.
The prints became teacups with the help of the wonderful Red Ted Art teacup printable.
These fabulous cups adorned a rather wonderful garden tea party.
Some time ago I visited the Design Museum in London, it was inspirational.
I was fascinated by this animation and I returned home to experiment with my camera and the macro options. Have a browse through the flicker album, link via image.
I painstakingly removed the individual parts by tweezer.
I laid them out separately and in groups in a bid to count the total number of parts.
I photographed the process to produce a set of images to stimulate mathematical discussions.
I hasten to add that I lost patience, perseverance and count!!
However this idea has continued to develop over the years.
I am fortunate to have been asked to support some young people in entering this competition. I spent quite some time online trying to discover how others have tackled this creative challenge over the years so I thought I would share what we did – acrostically over a 5/6 week hour lesson period. (RR – Acrostic often helps me to pull my creative thoughts into order, often provides a hook, but best not to contrive)
B – Byrne – Biography
Y – You – Self portraits
R – Rene and Rousseau – How surreal!
N – Neurons, now think!
E – Evaluate and endeavour
A detailed overview is in the document below.
John Byrne Drawing Competition
John Byrne Drawing Competition 2018 Process Questions
We used the Expressive Arts Benchmarks and Aberdeenshire Expressive Arts Curriculum Framework to formulate learning intentions, success criteria and identify skills for the children to develop and explore.
Re: Random reflections
Important to go back and reflect, recall, recap upon experiences sometimes to recover, often to rediscover and most importantly to retrieve the best parts to create with. I think I will discover that there are most definitely recurring themes to the developments I have participated in.
If I keep returning to these, reusing them, then hopefully the best bits can be recycled.
Take time to look onto the surface of the water on a lake, puddle on a dull day. Lovely play to be had with the shadows projected onto the surface of the water. (Note to self – find photos taken)
BTW – I love this shop I had the fortunate opportunity to visit their pop up shop in Liberty some time ago.