The learners began by watching a youtube video of the book “The Dot” by Peter H Reynolds. The book is an inspirational story about a girl who thought she couldn’t do art. Through the book she realizes she can and it frees her to create!
After the video, the junior art club was challenged with doing their own ‘dot’. This type of abstract artwork is challenging to some (myself included!) but the results were very nice! The learners were challenged to think in a less figurative way.
This was a very fun project that we all enjoyed! If you are interested in trying it yourself, I found the project here.
What was nice about it was that it was simple to follow. It begins with a paper plate. you fold this in half, stuff it with newspaper and then tape it together. You then add a little beak like piece of cardboard at one end of the chicken as well as a tail like piece of cardboard at the other end of the chicken. You are now ready to add the papier mache goo!
The now covered chickens are set aside to dry and then we painted them using bright colors and patterns. Those who finished early were asked to draw and then paint a very round chicken. This is something I would have liked to spend a bit more time on as they were looking good but many did not finish.
It happened that the moms who run the schools second hand clothing store came to me with a whole packet of old wire hangers that they had no use for anymore. They asked if I could use them. I clipped them shorter so that I had the hook and a bit of wire and used them to hang the chickens up! They are now roosting near our school hall. 🙂