#artwindows Sea life

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artwindows home school homeschool homeeducation lockdown artathome things for kids to do artwork sea life

Sea life theme

The theme of this week’s ART windows is Sea life. I am going to give you a few tips on how to get started with this theme. Read more about ART windows here

Get ready

First, you’ll need to decide what type of sea life art work you would like to create… 3D, collage, painting, multi-media, modelling.

This week, I had in my head that I would like to do some modelling with some air-dry clay that I’ve had knocking around for some time. If you’d like to do the same, but don’t have any air dry clay, you can create the same type of thing with salt dough – I love to make with salt dough normally, however as flour is precious at the moment, I decided to make sue of the air dry clay instead. Here is a salt dough recipe – it’s so simple to make. Don’t worry about baking the salt dough for three hours as suggested on the recipe … I just leave mine on a sunny windowsill for a day or two before painting.

So I’ve collected lots of tools from around the house to cut, roll, shape and add texture to my sea life dough. Make sure you ask whoever owns the tools if it is OK first. I used quite a few kitchen tools for mine which is not always o.k. with mums! But seeing as I am the mum, and I do most of the cooking, I didn’t need to ask!

Get some sea life inspiration

Make sure you look around for some sea life inspiration before deciding what you want to create. An immediate idea for sea life to spring to mind is a fish, but there is so much more to the sea than fish….

Great places to look are books, magazines, internet, TV wildlife programs, objects around the house, you could even go down to the beach and collect some items for inspiration.

Look carefully

Remember – not all fish look like the cartoon version that we are all familiar with… in fact, very few do! There are thousands of different creatures living in the sea, hundreds of different types of boats, shells and seaweed. When you have decided on what to draw / paint or make, try to look very closely and often at your source of inspiration. Can you see textures, shapes, new colours? You will learn a lot about the object you are drawing whilst working on this if you look really carefully. IT will probably be quite tiring – because your brain will be working very hard. Make sure you have a break now and then and come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes.

Add texture

This is where you get to use all the tools you have collected. Add some interesting surface textures, be experimental and add textures on top of textures. Remember – look carefully at your inspiration for this.

Now to add some colour – the colour could be realistic – or you could go wild with colour to make your piece really stand out.

Lastly – hang your art work proudly in your front window. Take a photo and post it on social media with the hashtag #artwindows

Take a walk around your neighbourhood to see what others have stuck in their windows too.

a word about creativity

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Read on for some of my musings on CREATIVITY and it’s role in my classes and clubs…

Did you know that creativity is considered to be the highest of the learning skills on Blooms Taxonomy?

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy is a classification system used in education to identify the different thinking and learning skills that may be drawn upon in a task / lesson / activity.

Here’s my own version of Bloom’s taxonomy – I’ve added in  some of the ways how we practice each learner skill in my cookery and craft sessions.

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Bloom’s taxonomy is organised on a hierarchical system; those at the bottom of the triangle are lower level tasks than those at the top. Sometimes it is necessary to be able to achieve those at the bottom before being able to attempt those at the top.

For example, in order to create something new, a child must solve problems. They will experiment to find out what works and what doesn’t. They will analyse other similar products to decide what works and what does not and they will apply both learned knowledge and new understanding to help make the new thing.

In being creative, we will learn by our mistakes. Mistake are an integral part of being creative.

To be creative, a child must not feel scared of failure, they must be up for a challenge and feel relaxed enough to be able to make mistakes and learn from them without fear of reprimand or feeling stupid.

So, being creative, although fun, and one of the most rewarding things one can be/do, is not an easy thing to achieve. It’s fun, but it’s also a journey. It’s also an elusive state of being that can only happen properly when the conditions are just right.

The environment must be accommodating, inspiring, relaxed, not too tidy (in my opinion – tidiness can kill creativity).

A starting point is useful – some raw materials, some imagery, a problem to be solved…

A creative person needs to be relaxed…. thoughts cannot flow when there is other stuff to worry about, or time is limited. Too many restrictions can stop the creative flow too.

Often the fun is in the process not the outcome.

I try to encourage creativity in my classes.

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I like to think that my holiday clubs are the perfect opportunity to foster creativity.

We have long enough together that we do not need to rush from task to task.

Children can spend longer on tasks that capture their imagination. Although I might start with a suggestion of a possible outcome and certain materials will be provided, I allow children to follow the path that their creative journey takes them.

An example of this was over the summer, at our summer club when a wooden box (intended in my planning to become a mosaic decorated keepsake box) became a fabric embellished handbag.

Here is the handbag in progress….. 

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…Or in cookery lessons when weird and wonderful flavour and ingredient combinations are discovered to be amazing….or not!

One of my greatest joys is being privy to children’s creativity and watching it unfurl before me. I am always so taken by surprise at what the children make, and where their journey takes them. I feel honoured to be part of their journey.

I’m looking forward to see what happens at the Spring Cookery and craft club… I promise I’ll show you some pictures if you don’t manage to sign up to this one.

If you’d like to read more about my classes, or holiday clubs – read on here