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Creative Learning Through The Arts

small-bunnyYou may not be aware of it, but Wales is undergoing a radical change in its school curriculum. The Creative Learning Through the Arts Action Plan is a brave move to enhance creativity in the population, having realised that the creative industries are where the future lies.

I’m doing my little bit to get creativity up and flowing again in Welsh schools at the The Archbishop Rowan Williams Church in Wales Primary School in Portskewett.

We are working on a project called Imagine/Notice. I misheard this as Imagine Otis. So that’s what I’m getting the children to do – imagine who or what Otis/Otys/Otice/Oteece is. We’ve had some really wonderful ideas so far.

With Year Two, who are about seven years old, I took a few of the children’s themes and put them together. From that union the story of Otis, the Laser Bunny, grew.

I was thinking about it over half term and came up with the name, Snip-Snap Wolf, and thought perhaps I should write my own version of the story. I then went ahead and made the little animation in the video above.

Amongst other things, the children will be making books out of their stories, which I’m so looking forward to seeing and probably sharing here in time.


Drawing the Parthenon with perspective & Year 3

Iyear1-cats spent Monday and Tuesday at Hazeldown Primary School in Teignmouth Devon where I was given an overwhelming welcome, as they use my drawing videos a lot and felt they already knew me!

I kept forgetting to take picture. I managed to get a picture of year one showing their Cat & Dog Drawings without showing any faces and too picture of the work of some of a Year Three.

They are a doing an ancient Greece project at the moment, so I showed them how to draw the Parthenon, with Euclid watching on. Some people get perspective straight away, while others have a more interesting interpretation of the concept!

Either way these are all amazing drawings for Year Threes. I loved how one boy inverted his drawing so he could draw the roof, because that’s what he thought was the most important part – very clever. Each drawing follows exactly the same instructions but each shows such individuality and personality – I love doing this!

Well done everyone – you all worked incredibly hard and carried on even when you thought it was all going wrong – if you keep drawing, it often all comes together at the end!

Below is my first Euclid video to get you going on some Ancient Greek geometry.


Drawing People with Year 5

A couple of weeks ago I visited Mowmacre Hill Primary School Nr Leicester during the day I did several drawing sessions with the children, but only remembered to take pictures of one of the sessions, which I’m pretty sure was Year 5.

I asked if there were any dancers in the class and gained a volunteer who proceeded to throw some shapes. One pose was great and I asked here to hold it a minute while I drew her. Someone said she looked like an ice skater, so I added skates and a rink and an audience and so a figure drawing turned into an illustration.

I drew it all again, step by step and was this time followed by the rest of the children and here are the results – wonderful, I think. All of them the same pose, but all different according to the personality and style of the artist. Well done and thanks for a great day!