Length of session – 2 x approx. 1 hour

Ages 5 – 11

As part of our ‘back to basics’ drawing topic this term, the children have been applying what they have learnt about line and shape by creating a bird drawing.

We began this two week topic with some guided drawing.  The children worked with black sharpie straight away to build up their mark making confidence.  I talked them through the bird in stages, as detailed in ‘Drawing with Children’ by Mona Brookes.  This is a really nice way for them to see how lines and shapes can come together to create something recognisable.  For younger children, it is helpful to give them a starting point so that the bird is positioned on the paper so that it can all fit in.

We began with the eye ( a dot and a circle) and then continued from there, adding the beak (straight and angled lines); the head (curved lines); the body (straight and curved lines); wings (curved lines); feet (straight and curved lines) and tail feathers (curved lines).  I stressed to the children that all of the birds would have different proportions and look different from one another but that this was a good thing as it made it ‘theirs’.  Once the bird was in place, they were let loose with their creativity to add in a setting for their picture, using a range a marks to create texture.  Some chose to add other birds or creepy crawlies as well.

This took us to the end of the first session.  At the beginning of the second session, I talked to the children about how to use the coloured markers effectively. I modelled using them smoothly and filling in shapes with care.  I also showed them how they could layer colours to add pattern and texture.  We discussed the colour of leaves and tree trunks and how they have a range of shades rather than being one flat colour.

The children had great fun using the markers and really let their individuality show.



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