Ty Gwyn Daffodils
These are some of the art activities pupils have been involved in this term.
Some pupils created these bright and colourful daffodil collages as part of our Welsh month context for learning.
This simple activity can be broken down into simple steps.
- Choice of paint applicators e.g brush, sponge, hands, fingers, feet, encourage student to show a preference .
- Choice of colour; yellows, oranges and greens.
- Mark make, try to do independent painting or hand over hand onto scrap paper.
- Draw into the wet paint to create further pattern and texture, this can be done with fingers, pencils, sticks, paintbrush handles.
- Leave paintings to dry.
- These paintings can be worked on again by layering over colours with pastels, colouring pencils, and markers.
- Tear/cut the paintings up into different shapes and sizes. Count the pieces; compare shapes and sizes for numeracy ideas.
- Draw a simple daffodil shape onto a piece of cardboard, scrap paper, or maybe newspaper.
- Stick the pieces down onto the drawn template, this can be randomly done, or more carefully depending on the student.
- Lots of praise and encouragement for students work and add to your scrap book or stick on the wall!
This activity doesn’t have to be just daffodils, we used the same technique to create these wonderful Welsh landscapes last year. They were admired so much that we made them into coasters and mugs!
Ty Gwyn Landscapes and Seascapes
Maybe start a scrapbook to collate the artwork made by you and your child during this time? This doesn’t have to be an actual book, it could be a collection of artwork stapled/put together with string or wool.
Why not carry on the colour theme? An activity you can do at home with your child/children could be based on the following idea:
What are the colours of the rainbow? Can you find a picture of one online or in a book and make a note of the colours?
Find an object in your house or garden for each colour. This could be anything from clothing, cushion, a toy, to a piece of fruit.
These will be made up of different surfaces, and textures so encourage your child to feel the different texture and notice the difference.
Put your rainbow hunt objects together and take a picture of them.
Discuss the activity with your child and encourage them to make connections, colour match and use their imagination.
Some of the beautiful rainbows created by our pupils for the federation logo competition
Let’s use colour to practise counting. Try to find:
• 5 objects that are red or have the colour red in them.
• 4 objects that are blue or have the colour blue in them.
• 3 objects that are green or have the colour green in them.
• 2 objects that are yellow or have the colour yellow in them.
• 1 object that is purple or has the colour purple in it.
Take a photo of your collections and add to your scrap book!
- Get a piece of tin foil and smooth it out.
- Then apply paint to the surface; this can be done randomly in an abstract way, or in a more controlled way, painting a shape or a simple object.
- You can also mark make into the paint using a cotton bud, pencil, stick or any mark making tool.
- Then lay a piece of paper over the tin foil and smooth down with your hands.
- Carefully lift the tin foil up and admire the result!
- The image shows a tree made using a cotton bud into tin foil.
Tin Foil Tree Print
- Make beautiful impressions and rubbings by simply finding a variety of items with an interesting texture to lay under the foil and gently smooth the foil onto the objects.
- The images show a tree made from cocktail sticks and rubber bands, and a twig from the garden.
Twig Foil Impressions
If you have access to a garden or outside area, can you collect:
- leaf - flower - twig - stone
Using a sponge / kitchen scourer or brush, paint one side of your leaf etc.
Then lay a piece of paper, kitchen roll, newspaper etc over the painted object and carefully smooth down to transfer the paint onto the paper.
You can layer different images over each other leaving each one to dry first.