Visual Arts Planning: Resources which Support Literacy
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The links between art and literature are profound and expansive and there is no doubt that historically and culturally they have lived side by side since the dawn of civilization and breathe life into each other.
As well as an avenue to explore text and meaning through illustrative practice, Art can be used as part of the creative process to aid in the building and inventing of stories. Literature can be used to invoke responses and as a springboard for making art and inventing new means of manipulating the material world.
Here we have collected some AccessArt resources which we feel might help illustrate the relationship between Literacy and Art and how they thrive together!
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Collection of Resources: Drawing & Making Inspired by “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak
Year 3 Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake Homework
Quentin Blake’s Drawings as Inspiration!
By Paula Briggs, Inspired by Quentin Blake’s drawings, this resource shares three simple exercises to help children draw from life, and explore how we might use exaggeration as a tool to help us convey the intention of our drawing…
Literacy Boost Project: James & the Giant Peach Garden by Cordelia Spalding
In a workshop with Cordelia Spalding children experience literature, English, reading and writing not as something taught and learnt but something to “get involved with”, made tangible, accessible and FUN with hands on making at the very heart of the exploration.
Drawing by Torchlight
Drawing Stories: Illustrations by Children
Drawing Storyboards with Children by Paula Briggs
Poetry and Printmaking by Ann Bridges
Murals in Schools by Tracy McGuinness-Kelly
Page to Panel – How to Make Manga by Irina Richards
Post Office by Rosalie Schweiker: An Interactive Community Art Project
Teenagers Make Prompts to Overcome White Page Syndrome
Using Drawing as a Way of Understanding: University of Liverpool Veterinary Science Schematic Drawing Task.
Fay Penrose, Lecturer in Veterinary Biology at The Veterinary School at University of Liverpool, shares her work in introducing drawing as a way of checking understanding of complex subjects. This methodology would be very transferable to a number of subject areas in schools. Drawing by Charlotte Mccann, University of Liverpool.
Using Monoprinting and Sketchbooks to Explore GCSE English Literature Poetry
A session for teenagers exploring how a hands on creative activities might engage students in their revision, and how monoprinting and sketchbook processes might aid a personal connection to the poetry text.
Block printing: Creating repeat patterns using letters with Andy McKenzie
Teenagers from AccessArt’s Experimental Drawing Class work with artist Andy McKenzie to create repeat patterns of letters. Print blocks are created from an assortment of wood offcuts and a thin sticky-back foam and each student is encouraged to create a simple block with their initial letter and then create patterns with it.
Drawing with Indian Ink with Aurora Cacciapuoti
Graffiti Floor – Teenagers Have a Silent Conversation with Pen and Mark
Teenagers at AccessArt’s Experimental Drawing Class use the floor to have a visual conversation with each other – to say what they needed to say in marks and rhythms and drawing, to be mindful of each other but make the marks they felt they needed to express. To respond to each other – to ‘listen’ as well as ‘talk’.
Illustrating Stories: Creating a Storyboard and First Dummy Book
Chimera – A Drawing Workshop with Eleanor Somerset
Illustrating ‘The Jabberwocky’
Set Designing – Exercises to Respond to Text – Experimental Drawing
Workshop led by set designer Rachel Thompson to encourage teenage participants to think about the meaning of words and phrases, the imagery and themes they evoke and to express their interpretations through drawing.
Introducing Set Designing – Exercises to Respond to Text – Model Making
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Kaz Trinder
Making Large Scale, Screenprinted, Collaged, Co-Created Campaign Posters!
Inspired by sewn Suffragette banners, and by Victorian large-scale printed notices, members of Paula Briggs’ Friday Club worked together to create large scale campiagn posters to support AccessArt’s campaign to highlight the importance of making. They explored how far they could push screenprinting using a small A3 screen, by combining the screenprinting with collage and a hands-on exploration of graphics to create large posters.
Drawing with Wire: The Polymeric Approach by Julie de Bastion
Teenagers Write A Letter, A Postcard, A Poem or A Narrative in Invented Text
A workshop inspired by artist Sue Gough in which teenagers were invited to write a letter, a postcard or a poem, either to themselves, or about anything at all using their own choice of materials. The creative challenge was that their texts were not to be written in actual, ‘legible’ letters, but instead for them to explore marks and invented text to record their thoughts.
This inspirational resource by Emily Wilkinson, describes how to use found words and imagery to create found poetry. Using paint and collage techniques, including sewing, the results are individual and highly transferable.
Time to Introduce Ourselves – Initial Sculpture!
“Plasticine Models & Decorated Plinths ” Inspired by the Book ‘Dirty Beasts’ by Roald Dahl & illustrated by Quentin Blake
Artist, Sharon Gale shares a project based on the book by Roald Dahl. The session incorporates observational drawing, illustration, modelling with Newplast, marbling inks and mixed media. It was carried out over seven, one hour sessions at the Art Cabin, one of AccessArt’s Brilliant Makers Clubs. The children made wonderful sculptures inspired by the ghastly beasts mentioned in the poems, positioned on plinths decorated with marbled paper and mixed media.