As those of you who have read my blog a few times may know ... I love picture books and include them in so much of what we do with the children in the studio. Children can relate to the artworks within and being familiar with the stories & illustrations makes introducing new art concepts super easy. They are also just plain old fun & relaxing!
These photos are almost a year old ... from Term 3 last year when we focused on illustration.. I came across them tonight whilst doing a bit of thinking about what fun projects we can embark on next term when we focus on illustration and picture books again... and thought they were too pretty not to share (makes a great art lesson for any Art/School teachers out there!)
You can see that the children have used a soft dark pencil to sketch from life first (onto quality watercolour paper), spending time to really look into my little plant still life. Then they add in a Tico bird (or hidden creature) from their imaginations... I love combining both of these skills in my art lessons.. I think it is so important for them to be practicing both life drawing and using their amazing wonderful imaginations.
Then finally we whip out the melty dazzling watercolours to paint any way we fancy... making sure to explore new colours.
How amazing are Leo Leonni's illustrations! I would love to turn them into metres of fabric.... We actually read only Leo Leonni books that term .. he has so many that are wonderful it's easy to do and not get sick of them.
PS Did you know I blog over here about the art classes for children...