Exploring Charcoal and Ink Drawing Inspired by Chinese Art.

Fifth Class

Loreto Senior, Crumlin.

Fifth class began by exploring all the marks they could make using charcoal. They also used fingers to smudge it and rubbers to draw into the charcoal.

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We played a game of ‘Pass the Drawing’ where each person adds to a drawing and then passes it on. This encouraged the children to find images in the marks.

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Blind Drawing.

Each child got an object in a bag so they couldn’t see it. They felt the object with one hand while drawing what they could feel in charcoal with the other hand.They were very surprised how good the drawings were when they looked at their objects.

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Exploring black and white.

The children used water and watered down black paint individually.

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Then they painted a long scroll together. The following week when the ink was dry they used sticks and black paint to draw over their individual drawings and the scroll.

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Willow Pattern

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The children were studying the Willow Pattern story with their teacher.

The Willow pattern was developed by English ceramic artists in the the18th century by combining and adapting motifs from hand-painted blue and white ceramics imported from China. Characteristically the background colour is white and the image blue, In order to promote sales of Minton’s Willow pattern, various stories were invented based on the elements of the design

We visited the Chester Beatty Library to look at some of the blue and white ceramic vases from China that inspired the ceramic artists in the potteries in Sheffield.

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We also looked at the paintings and drawings by the Chinese artist Hong Ling in the Chester Beatty Library. The children were very interested in the ink drawings having used this medium themselves.

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Using watered down blue paint the children made ink like drawings inspire by the Willow pattern.

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The following weeks when these images were dry they worked in pairs to create their own stories and create books. They collaged their images from the previous week into their books and added detail and pattern using blue markers.

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