Sunday, 22 September 2013

The Moon Thieves

This will be my last post about the things I do in schools because....I've gone back to school!! To start my Masters of Illustration!!! More about that next week. Back to The Moon Thieves, this was our school play and I was so delighted to paint the back drop of a little round house in the woods (I can hear the song playing now!).

I began with a tiny sketch on a scrap piece of paper...this was transferred onto Mrs Clarkes old curtains which were stapled onto 2Es Maths board! Honestly, the things you do when working in schools!

Above is the sketched version...I hope 2Es maths board survived!

Mrs Clarkes curtains are firmly in place and the painting has begun...

The curtains are covered, the bizarre camera angles are due to be squashed into a corner..behind that board are about 60 children practicing the songs to the play.

Here is the finished painting! 
The whole thing took about 2 or 3 days...the children loved seeing it as a work in progress and how the layers were bulit up. Obviously they were inspired by me..they all began drawing pictures of the house!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

I'm back!

Well, I took the summer off from writing this blog and now it's time to start again, I've got lots of projects that I did in a primary school last year that might be interesting to see...

 The children of 2C wrote wonderful reworkings of fairy tales deciding whether to change the characters personalities. My favourite was The Tale of Rude Red Riding Hood, the Real Story! The premise was that Red Riding Hood was infact a nasty wicked girl and the wolf was sweet and kind. I got to do an extended workshop on character design and I LOVED every minute of it! Here are some examples of their brilliant artwork....

This is the nice Red Riding Hood. We discussed details such as she would be singing as picking flowers for Grandma.

We also went into great detail about the delicious cakes and biscuits she may have had in her basket.

I like this one on the left, its a good example of using the whole page, its a really confident drawing with some nice details.

We discussed what the Wolf might be plotting or thinking about. I love this wolf on the right, he has so much attitude with his pointy arms and hunched shoulders!

I like the fact the Wolf below is thinking about cake, definately what I am thinking about mostly!! I also like the purple rinse on his hair. I only had black and white to demonstrate with, so to see the colour choices on his dress complimenting his hair so nicely was wonderful! What a talented bunch of children!