We had a couple of great holiday club sessions over the Easter Holidays. I always enjoy running these sessions as the longer time (two hours) gives the opportunity to really get stuck into a process or technique and send the children home with some lovely finished work at the end of it. We also seem to be super fortunate with the lovely and talented children who come along to these sessions!
This was a bit of a messy one, but also lots of fun:
The children began by creating their wonderfully colourful backgrounds. They did this by first of all dampening a large sheet of water colour paper with water and then applying food colouring directly to the sheet. I had considered using pipettes for this but as the food colouring came in handy little pots with their own droppers we just used them straight from the containers. Once they had made lots of different coloured drops on the paper they helped them to spread across the wet background using a paint brush. They really enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful bright colours spread and marge. NOTE: they need reminders not to splurge all of the colours together completely to keep them nice and bright!
We then set the backgrounds aside to dry and moved to another table where I had set out a range of flowers. They spent some time doing some observational drawing in pencil, looking carefully at the different shapes of the flowers, both inside and out.
By this time, backgrounds were nearly dry so we moved back to the ‘messy’ table to practice a bit with the Indian Ink. On some scrap paper, the children had a go at making a variety of lines and marks by dipping the bamboo skewers into the ink. They gradually started to gain confidence in drawing in this way. Once they were happy with this we started work drawing a selection of flowers onto the background. I showed them how to look for flower-like shapes in the blobs of colour and pick them out using the ink. The variety of blob shapes provided good templates for a range of flowers. Some children added in additional features such as leaves and insects. The older children were able to use the skewers to achieve lots of detail and interesting mark making.
Obviously Indian Ink is a bit messy so I would recommend aprons and table covers all round for this one! We managed to get through it with only a couple of spills and some beautiful creations to show for it.