Year 3 Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake Homework

By Sheila Ceccarelli

AccessArt is always looking for examples to make the case that creativity is integral to learning (like, let's say reading) and art should not be seen as an add on subject but core, so you can imagine my delight when my eight year old daughter came home with a year 3 homework brief to 'make or draw a Roald Dahl character inspired by Quentin Blake.'

Alfie from Esio trot by Louis, year three
Alfie from Roald Dahl's Esio trot by Louis, year 3

 

So at home on the kitchen table, year three children at Milton Road Primary School set about bringing Roald Dahl characters to life. Many thanks to pupils and parents for sharing images of their efforts with AccessArt.

All quotes are from the official Roald Dahl website.


The BFG by Portia 

"I is a nice and jumbly giant! I is the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country! I is THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT! I is the BFG. What is your name?" Roald Dahl, The BFG 

Portia started by making a basic form out of newspaper and wrapping masking tape around it to hold it in place
Portia started by making a basic form out of newspaper and wrapping masking tape around it to hold it in place

 

Making a basic torso form with newspaper and masking tape
Making a basic torso form with newspaper and masking tape

 

Using newspaper and masking tape to make the BFG's ear and torso
Using newspaper and masking tape to make the BFG's ear and torso

 

Adding his nose
Adding his nose

 

And getting his posture right
And getting his posture right

 

Portia then applies modroc over her masking tape and newspaper armature and uses her fingers to massage the modroc to create an even layer and form it before it dries
Portia then applies modroc over her masking tape and newspaper armature and uses her fingers to massage the modroc to create an even layer and form it before it dries

 

She applies the modroc all over her structure
She applies the modroc all over her structure

 

Portia uses her fingers to mould the modroc and create detail
Portia uses her fingers to mould the modroc and create detail

 

The following week, Portia is set to paint her BFG
The following week, Portia is set to paint her BFG

 

She mixed the skin colour
She mixed the skin colour with acrylic paints

 

And started by painting his face
And started by painting his face

 

And then added detail
And then added detail

 

Painting the BFG's shirt and waistcoat
Painting the BFG's shirt and waistcoat

 

The BFG by Portia
The BFG by Portia

 


The Snozzwanger by Francis

"Snorting Snozzwanger" he yelled, picking himself up and waving the letter about as though he were hitting mosquitos" Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator 

Close up of Francis's Snozzwanger
Close up of Francis's Snozzwanger

 

Francis works with newspaper and Modroc to make the form - Quentin blake
Francis works with newspaper and modroc to make the 'Snozzwanger's' form

 

Finished Snozzwanger by Francis
Finished Snozzwanger by Francis

 


James and the Giant Peach by Naomi and Eleanor

"After James Henry Trotter had been living with his aunts for three whole years there came a morning when something rather peculiar happened to him." Roald Dahl,  James and the Giant Peach 

The artists set to work
The artists set to work

 

Creating a paper mache peach
Creating a paper mache peach

 

Setting the scene!
Setting the scene!

 

Ta-da! Finished James and the Giant Peach
Ta-da! Finished James and the Giant Peach

 


Earthworm from James and the Giant Peach by Louis

"I am not a slimy beast," the Earthworm said. "I am a useful and much loved creature. Ask any gardener you like." Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

Modelling clay - sculptors material and cheap and easy to access for kitchen table work
Modelling clay - sculptors material and cheap and easy to access for kitchen table work

 

Making Earthworm by manipulating modelling clay
Making Earthworm by manipulating modelling clay

 

Painting Earthworm
Painting Earthworm

 

Roald Dahl's Earthworm
Roald Dahl's Earthworm by Louis

 


The Enormous Crocodile by Dylan

'The Enormous Crocodile grinned, showing hundreds of sharp white teeth. "For my lunch today," he said, "I would like a nice juicy little child."' Roald DahlThe Enormous Crocodile

The Enormous Crocodile by Dylan
The Enormous Crocodile by Dylan

 

Note! The very open mouth full of children!
Note! The very open mouth full of children!

 


Alfie by Louis

'Alfie had been with Mrs Silver for years and he lived on her balcony summer and winter. Planks had been placed around the sides of the balcony so that Alfie could walk about without toppling over the edge...' Roald Dahl, Esio Trot

Alfie and Louis
Alfie and Louis

 

Many thanks to Roald Dahl for imagining and Quentin Blake for inspiring year three at Milton Road Primary School to see their potential power to bring the imagined to life.

Many thanks to parents and children for sharing their work and process with AccessArt and teachers for recognising the importance of making in our children's lives.