Before completing this module I always related Art to children creating a picture and that is it. The module has taught me that Art can be a whole load of different things, that I wouldn’t have labelled as Art for Primary age children.
After carrying out some follow up reading to this session it is apparent that it is hard to define what is Art. Williams and Easingwood (2007) suggest that it is by far to simply decide what Art you like based on preferences and style, therefore it is important to allow children to explore various mediums.
Another way of using technology within art is to create projects which include children’s art work. We looked at a range of picture books and discussed the illustrations and pictures in each book and discussed the different effects used. Giving children a range of books can encourage their understanding of the vast range of techniques used to create pictures. I hadn’t noticed that some books use a layering technique to create the pictures. Lauren Child often uses this technique by having setting photo captures then layering illustrations of characters and other features on top.
We worked together to create a back ground/setting for a story and characters which were intended to be made into an e-book. This is a great idea, being able to link art and ICT in such a creative way, it would entice children to create high standards of work.
I created the back ground using ink and various ways of printing. I also added texture using tissue paper. Alison and Megan created the characters. If I were to do this with the class I would encourage them to work in teams to first create a story within Literacy and then created backgrounds and characters using different materials and effects. Eventually the children would move on to creating a book using the book creator app.
We explored different ways of creating printing tools, I love the idea of making prints using cardboard and string. I intend to use this method during the run up to Easter to create Easter cards, I will encourage children to create a string pattern on an Easter egg shaped template and print onto to cards.
I learnt a lot from this session and feel a lot more confident about teaching art to children in the early years and KS1. I now realise the vast amount of opportunities to use Art in the classroom and have changed my views on it.
From further reading I realise print making offers children the opportunities to explore and experiment line, tone, texture, pattern and shape all within one avenue. Print making can be brought into many areas of the curriculum, Edwards (2013) suggests it can provide a powerful medium for securing knowledge in other areas of the curriculum. An idea I have come across in this reading is using print making when teaching 2D shapes, I have used this idea in my medium term plan for after Easter.
EDWARDS, J (2013). Teaching Primary Art. Harlow: Pearson Education
WILLIAMS, J, EASINGWOOD, N (2007). Primary ICT and the Foundation Subjects. London: Continuum International