The art work produced at the Matisse holiday class really was marvellous - I think Matisse would have been very impressed by the creations! We looked at Matisse's use of colour and pattern in his still life's and then got creating. We used acrylic paint on canvas for the background. I then put a selection on fruits on the tables for the children to draw in oil pastels on paper and then cut and stick them to the canvas. I love the bright colours used which Matisse was famous
Today the primary art explorers challenge was to create their own cartoon animal. I used a technique from Paula Briggs book Drawing Projects for Children. Instead of using prescribed shapes often taught when drawing cartoons the children created their cartoon by looking at a photo of a real animal. After initial sketches of the real animal (see the lion below) they were asked think about how to turn it into a cartoon ( we spent quite a while discussing what makes a cartoon).
Summers here so beach themed crafts are perfect. The pre school art explorers loved making these salt dough shell decorations. They started off by painting lots of shells of various sizes with gorgeous pearlised paints and of course a good smattering of glitter. Whilst these were drying we got the mixing bowls out and made our salt dough. If you fancy doing this at home its just 2 cups of plain flour, 1 cup of salt and up to 1 cup of water, all mixed together (adding the wate