Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bigger paper leads to thinking on a bigger scale

We have been lucky to source some ends of large heavy quality paper from a clothing design company and it has been exciting to watch how the children are exploring their thinking on a much bigger scale.  The provocation was the large piece of paper and the ideas came independently from the children.
The first picture was done with coloured felt pens, it is a city with high rise buildings, a tower, a roading system with signs and buildings and a detailed sky above the city.  It is interesting to note that the painting was created by 4 children, who each brought their own thinking to the canvas.

The second painting is created by 6 children and is the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  This was one child's idea and others asked to help draw the scene.  We headed to the floor so that we could all access our piece of the paper.  The children all had a clear idea of what they were going to paint, and there was negotiation and debate about what was happening as it evolved.  A number of different painting techniques were being used, dabbing, smudging, sponging and wiping.   One of the children had created a very large wolf who was then superimposed on the top of the scene, creating an almost 3D image.  

The finished painting now hangs proudly on the wall awaiting the story to be told.

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