Drawing, Textile, Print.. A Creative Journey

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St James,

Basin Lane

3rd Class

The children were learning about food in Irish so I decided to use this as a starting point. I emptied my fridge that day and brought in a big bag of vegetables. We started by identifying the veg. I had brought in red and yellow peppers,potatoes, spring onions,limes,lemons,celery,bananas,apples,cucumber,garlic,potatoes,spring onions,chillis and finally sugar snaps. For the first session we focused on making line drawings of the vegetables. So i did some short drawing demonstrations using 2b 4b and 6b pencils.We looked at the best starting point of making a drawing,how to fill the page with the drawings and add shade and colour.Meanwhile their teacher Kim started to make a list of the vegetables names and translate the names into irish.

 

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We talked about looking closely at the vegetable,identifying the different lines and shapes that made up the vegetable. As the children finished off one drawing they swapped vegetables with someone else in the class. ,this was a natural progression and as they continued to draw I could feel the sense of enjoyment of the process. It was hard to put my finger on ,perhaps it was having the physical vegetables there that was causing the great interest. The fact that there was such a variety, that they could pick them up,smell them, turn them round to find the side they liked best. I asked them to pay careful attention to the colours in the vegetables and it was wonderful seeing drawings produced with such attention to detail. Garlic was drawn with hints of green and pink, spring onions stretched across the page with different shades of green

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Throughout the process the children experimented with different mediums. starting out with pencil drawings, adding colour with colouring pencil and finishing up with black water colour pencil.

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We then began to work in groups, i split the class up into four groups and each group chose a vegetable to make a large study of using fabrics.Each group made their large scale drawing, they then divided the fabrics into shade groupings and used the fabrics to fill their vegetable.

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for our next session we looked at printmaking. The children continued to work on the theme of fruit and vegetebles. We looked back at some of the drawings that were made in the previous class.This time the children used soft foam board to make their printing blocks. We looked at creating marks and imprints in the foam board. I did a short demonstration on how best to make the drawing on the foam, especially ensuring the lines were quite deep and with a special focus on adding lines and creating texture int he finished drawing.

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once the children were finished working on the foam, i demonstrated how to make a print. We looked at the colours that made up the vegetebles and discussed also using alternative colours. The children began by making their first two prints using one colour. Once they felt confident with the process I told them they could explore using several colour possibilities on their printing blocks. There was tremendous excitement in the class at the thought of creating their own prints.

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For the final week I invited the parents into the classroom to work with the children on two collaborative large prints.

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