I have been Priory Lower School's Artist in Residence for about eight years, visiting the school on Friday mornings for a wide variety of art projects. My Autumn project with Year 2 was to create woodland creatures and a woodland frieze from found or recycled materials. Luckily the trees outside the school had been shedding gorgeous, large leaves and I came armed with cardboard boxes and twigs from my garden.
The children made drawings of insects they thought they might find in a wood then cut and glued them out of felt. They also made drawing of leaves on green paper which were cut out used and printed with some handy insect stamps. Pupils painted the twigs a base colour and then later added stripes and spots.
Everyone printed a pair of colourful birds each using
my portable printing press and water based inks.
When dry they were laminated and added to our frieze.
The wonderful display was put together
by Mrs Youngman and her team
During my second morning on the project
the children created birds and beasts
from boxes, wool cones and leaves.