My reception classes have been exploring collage in all its variants and varieties and this particular project using mixed media of tissue, pastel and paint has been particularly successful. The scrunching of the tissue, and the application of pastel and paint all help develop young children’s fine motor skills. In addition the project helps them… Continue reading Fabulous Fruits!
This is a project that is perfect for this time of the year and is always very popular with the early years and Key stage one. The level of adult support needed will depend very much on the age of the child/children and their cutting skills. You will need A paper plate cotton wool, enough… Continue reading Snowman on a plate!
Here’s a last-minute idea for a home-made Christmas card but it could be used for other celebrations; as one of my young students said she’s going to save it for her mother’s birthday. The candle effect is made with wax resist and the whole card will take you about 30 minutes to make including drying… Continue reading Season’s Greetings!
Seasons Greetings! Here are some of my favourite snow scenes. Hunters in the snow by Bruegel the elder 1563 Surely this painting is in everyone’s favourite snow paintings. The composition is flawless, we are there with the hunters surveying the wintry scene below. The ice-tone cool colours giving the feeling of relentless cold.The bending bodies… Continue reading Let it snow!
Before the advent of the tube I don’t think anyone could have predicted just what a wonderful source of design inspiration it would become. Starting with the tube map designed by Harry Beck in 1931. I think this design must surely rank as one of the best designs of the 20th century. It gives all… Continue reading All hail the design of the tube
The price of anything is only worth what anyone is willing to pay for it be it a can of beans or in this case a Leonardo da Vinci painting Salvator Mundi which was recently sold for the jaw dropping sum of $400 million or £301 million. There has been a lot of speculation that… Continue reading What’s it’s worth?
With his colourful paintings of fantastical building it’s not hard to see why the paintings of Austrian born New Zealand artist & architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser are instantly appealing to children. Indeed when ever I have explored his work with my young students they are drawn to the shapes, patterns, colours of his work and are… Continue reading It’s child’s play!