April 10, 2014
This art lecture was based on digital literacy. There was some initial discussion regarding the various children’s books we brought to the lecture about the different effects that illustrators use – particularly as with early years books they have to be very visual and engaging. I had never really looked beyond whether I found the illustrations appealing or not, but we were encouraged to talk about what we specifically noticed about the different techniques that illustrators used – I began to see the use of layering, outline, photographs etc. Although, all of these were unique to those illustrators, they all produced illustrations that allowed non-reading children to access books by interpreting the story through pictures.
The session moved on to explain how children are surrounded by digital literacy – even in our adverts. We watched the John Lewis Christmas advert and discussed how the creators of the advert use different types of media to hook into our emotions, for example, the music and the animation.
Then it was our turn to create – the intention was to make our own e-book, unfortunately the session was a short one, therefore we did not have time to transfer what we made into an e-book, however, I used what I had learned from the previous ICT session and made a slide show on Photopeach instead.
You’d better watch out! on PhotoPeach
Nikki and I worked together – I was to create a character using clay and Nikki designed the scenery using printmaking. I am not particularly artistic, as is evidenced in the slide show, but I did try to make a shark and a fish. More importantly I learned how to join clay more effectively, using the slip and cross hatch method – children will really appreciate knowing a method as a lot of frustration has come about due to parts of clay not ‘sticking’ together properly! I loved the visual printmaking effect Nikki created, using polystyrene cut into the various shapes to create the underwater feel.
I was unfortunate that this was a short session as it would have been good for all of us to have a go at both the clay and printmaking, however, Rebecca explained them both clearly, therefore, I would feel relatively confident to plan a series of lessons on this.