Monday, 11 February 2013

wetas on the forest floor

7 year olds. The children created colours they would find on a forest floor, using primary colours, black and white, and covered a page. They blended and smudged the paint colours. They were given sticks to etch leaves and insects into the paint. Once dry, they tore the page into strips and wove the strips together to make a mat. The children made observational drawings of a weta from a photo, using sticks and Indian ink.
They coloured them with water colour paint, which they mixed on the paper. The insects were cut out and placed on the forest floor. 
I did a similar lesson some time ago, with more constraints. Today I allowed the children to make more choices about their weaving, drawing and presentation. I feel they have created more individual pieces, which they will be able to identify with.

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