By Paula Briggs
This resource shares the Week Two session at Jeavons Wood Primary School in Cambourne, Cambridgeshire, in which I’ll be working with a year 5 pupil (Lily-Rani) and a year 4 pupil (Daniel) for one hour once a week. Through regular sessions, and in collaboration with the school, the aim is to:
- Provide the opportunity for the children to develop their hands-on making and visual arts skills through regular contact and small group work;
- Help build confidence in the children in all areas of their school life, including academic, social, creative and practical skills, and so demonstrate the importance of hands-on creative epxloration;
- Inspire visual arts projects amongst other pupils and staff in the school by sharing outcomes.
Week Two – Exploring Drawing Materials
In this hour long session I provided Lily-Rani and Daniel with a variety of drawing materials, and during the hour long session they worked on a number of different drawing exercises, with each exercise taking no long than five minutes – no time to worry or talk ourselves out of things! The aim was to enable the children to explore a number of different drawing tools which worked in contrast with each other, so that they could start to build experience of a vocabulary of drawing materials. Pace was an important element in this session, and I wanted the children to get a feel for how we can use momentum as a tool to aid exploration and encourage curious thinking. All drawings were then curated into sketchbooks given to the children and at a later date we will spend time reflecting on these early drawings.
By the end of the session I wanted to have planted more questions (and posisbilities) in the children’s head than answers…
Many thanks to Pink Pig Sketchbooks.