Studying insects with the boys from St. Francis CBS

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School:St Francis Cbs

Class: 2nd

teachers:Sarah & David

It began with Davids class taking a trip to “Sculpture in Context” at The Botanical Garden.

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We were in search of some inspiration for work to carry out back at the school. The boys loved the giant insects crawling towards the hot house. Back at school the boys began by weaving the insects bodies using gold and silver card.

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Once the main bodies were constructed , they focused on adding details like , legs, antenna, wings and eyes. We then hung them up throughout the school.

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Inspired by a school full of golden insects, Sarah’s class continued by examining insects trapped in arcylic blocks and seeing how many parts made up each insect.We studied the different shapes within each insect and discussed how we might draw them. The boys started by making drawings of the insects in pencil. They used different grades of pencil, 2b, 4b and 6b to achieve differences in tone within their drawings.

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we they moved on to oil pastel on black card. From examining the insects the boys noticed that they had a huge range of colours. This time I encouraged the boys to make their drawings using whatever colours they wanted. To make their insect unique to themselves. We also talked about using the complete page to fill it with their drawing.

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The boys were thrilled with their work. They surprised themselves with their own wonderful talent and ability. “This is the best thing that I have EVER done!!!”

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we then made then displayed the drawings outside their classroom.

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