Visual Arts Planning: The Seaside
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During a recent InSET training session, teachers in a Suffolk primary school, suggested that they needed resources to help them with their theme this term which is the 'Seaside'.
If you are a teacher or artist and would like to share your creative approaches for exploring this theme, then please do get in touch with [email protected]
In the meantime, here are a few posts to help schools explore the seaside, the beach and all things summer!
Making a Festival Feast from Modroc
Communal Drawing: Summer Picnic!
Making Felt Sailing Boats by Ruth Purdy
Felt is one of the easiest fabrics to manipulate and provides a wide palette of colour. Artist Ruth Purdy share a process to combine felt pieces with bright embroidery floss, buttons and beads to make colourful sailing boats.
Drawing as Support Activity
Making Plaster Reliefs
Drawing Shells Big in Charcoal
Drawing shells on a large scale was the theme of a workshop for teenagers that introduced basic steps to creating form and tonal shading in drawings. Inspired by See Three Shapes by Paula Briggs. Session led by Sheila Ceccarelli.
Exploring Materials: Clay and Water
Drawing Shells On Loan From The University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge
Drawing Spiral Snails
Emma Copley – Painting a Still Life and Seeing Colour
Water and Rock: Teenagers explore building drawings with graphite and modroc
Introducing Sgraffito using a Coloured Clay Slip on a Terracotta Tile
Detached and Timeless Painting Workshop by Sara Dudman
Working WITH and IN the Landscape by Frances Hatch
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.
Teachers Make Mark Making Tools and ‘Battle it Out’ with Ink on a Spring InSET Day
This exciting resource by Paula Briggs documents a session at the AccessArt Art Lab to create some kind of co-created vessels, part inspired by ceramics by Grayson Perry, and loosely based around a holiday theme as the summer holidays came closer. There was no clear idea what the outcome would be and what emerged was a bizarre but strangely rewarding series of objects which somehow captured elements of all of the terms’s sessions. Right at the end, the pieces came together, demonstrating the beautiful ways in which creativity works if we can be open enough and take a few risks along the way. This post shares the process.
Making Boats that Float Out of Everyday Materials
This was an afternoon session led by Sheila Ceccarelli for Year Four pupils at Ridgefield Primary School, Cambridge, and part of AccessArt’s Brilliant Makers Club, a campaign supporting and championing making experiences in schools. It was aimed at children who love making, and was limited to eight pupils, to allow for a rich, and rewarding experience and plenty of time to play with, and explore materials.
A workshop by Sheila Ceccarelli for Year Four pupils at Ridgefield Primary School and part of AccessArt’s Brilliant Maker Club. Constructing shells felt like an appropriate activity for a mid-summer session, and an excellent theme to inspire building with stuff and exploring how materials might work together to create form, structure and texture. Themes and discussions around transformation and up-cycling were also an important part of this project and tied in with ocean awareness and the importance of disposal and re-cycling of plastics.