Following on from my last post, Art in Nature with Air Dry Clay, here is another idea to get the kids thinking about shape, colour and pattern. Feeling inspired still by Anne Brooke, I wondered if I could simplify and adapt her ideas so that children of different ages could create something simiar after a walk around Rabbit Ings.
I collected together some wallpaper samples (you can use any paper that you have available) from local shops, especially brighter colours that children would find attractive. I then set about producing what started as a poppy picture. The background was cut first, then red circles for poppies – edges cut in slightly for the petals, and stalks cut out too. Then I decided I needed something larger in the background, so half circles were cut for cow parsley. I felt the need to add daisies at the front, more circles, edges cut with pinking shears. The shapes were stuck down with a glue stick (working from the larger, higher ones at the back to the smaller, lower ones at the front), and then I used a fine sharpie to doodle on top of the stems and circles:
Simple! On the nature walk you get the kids to look out for colour,shapes and patterns, that gives them ideas for their own pictures.
Here is a second picture completed in the same way:
The worksheet can be seen by clicking the link:
Although I did have everything ready for this project at Rabbit Ings, we were up to our necks in air dry clay and never got around to it. The parents went away with the worksheet, and we have the project ready for the next session.
I think you will see a follow up of this very soon, a stitched version of something similar, maybe more detail. Watch this space!