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A primary school teacher asks: “Our topic is the Stone Age. So far we have created a stony background using scrumpled up brown paper and pastels and paint. I was considering using charcoal to draw animal outlines on this. We have also started observational mark making and shading of stones. The group are year 3 and we have another 7 weeks or so of the Stone Age part of the topic. Would love a focus for learning and to create exciting projects for the children”
The Stone Age provides lots of opportunities to create a really exciting, dynamic exploration of drawing materials such as charcoal, and to go back to the basics of mark-making. The following resources should help this exploration.
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Early Drawing Materials and Processes
drawing like a caveman
Create a charcoal “palette” and use hands to explore the way primitive man might have made his mark.
discovering charcoal: warm up exercise
Enjoyable warm up drawing exercise which introduces children to using charcoal via easy steps.
turning paper into fur
Inspiring exercise to help children question how a drawing can transform the paper it is on.
Thoughtful Mark Making
Enabling children to diversify their mark making by this guided drawing exercise using stones as subject matter.
Taking Drawing Further....
making treasured pebbles
Drawing on pebbles with a variety of different drawing materials to create treasured and exotic fossils.
monoprinting with carbon paper
Using carbon copy paper as an effective, no-mess way to make monoprints, using stones and rocks as subject matter.
In this resource Marijke Liefting and Iris Verbakel, an art teacher from The Netherlands, shares a workshop session in which children explore a kitchen garden as a source for natural pigments.
Textiles And Making Inspired By Stones
dressing up as fossils!
Children create large scale painted textiles inspired by rocks and fossils, and then use the textiles to turn themselves into rocks!
Acclaimed artist duo Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope share how they achieved one of the most physical and ambitious contemporary art projects seen in Cambridge, in the creation of a model village of the future NW Cambridge development.
working with and in landscape
Artist Frances Hatch generously shares her magical processes for creating site specific art, inspired by a variety of environments including costal, woodland and urban environments and using materials found at the location.