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It’s always lovely when artists are invited in to schools to lead a workshop with children. At my local village school where the Art Cabin is based, we had a a local Hertfordshire artist called Jean Picton lead a workshop with Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Using liquid acrylics, Jean demonstrated how beautiful poppy flowers could be painted. Jean’s trademark is her beautiful depictions of flowers especially poppies (take a look at Jean’s dress, which she had custom made).

To begin with, students experimented with black ink on plain paper, practising the techniques they had seen Jean do. After another demo, students were able to create their own poppy flower on a blank canvas.

Jean really is a character and the students thoroughly enjoyed her tuition style (which included lots of giggles). I think everyone was pleased with their painting and it was especially nice to see children who don’t always find art projects easy, enjoy the workshop and feel proud about their work.

 

 

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Surrealist - Children’s painting project

This is a great painting project which can be completed within an hour. I showed the children (aged 5 and 6 years) pictures of the paintings created by Joan Miró with a brief talk about him.

With a limited palette of blue, black, yellow and red paint, a big piece of paper, I spoke aloud a list of painting instructions, such as:- Paint 3 black circles in different sizes. Now paint a yellow line from one side of the paper to the other. Now paint a red line. Paint 2 ‘m’ shapes anyway round you like . Now paint a blue line.

The children loved the fact that their paintings were similar but not the same. They went on to paint their own ideas of a Surrealist picture.

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All you need are 12 children, 12 palettes with acrylic blobs of colour, some pots of water and a good selection of paintbrushes … But beware, if you put ALL your pots of brushes within grabbing reach, then all your brushes will get used!!

The childrens’ decorations are looking very festive, having thoroughly enjoyed painting their salt dough, the next step will be varnishing and tying ribbon on them.

The messy rating for this activity is 9/10

Allow plenty of time to wash the brushes!

We also started the Christmas school play scenery. This year’s production is ‘Creepy Crawly Christmas’. As you can see from the photo, we were busy painting giant flowers.

I’ve also sneeked in a photo of a costume design by a year 6 for the Macbeth play, which years 5 & 6 have been studying.

The Big Draw competition artworks were dropped off in the very lovely Gentlemans Row, Enfield. Here’s keeping fingers crossed they liked our entry.

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