Art is an important part of inspiring children to be better writers. In my classes we often analyse artworks to discover hidden meanings, create drawings, paintings or word art. It is a brilliant way of motivating children to write and a key part of the creative process.
This is a selection of art work done by children in my creative classes.
Also see the gallery at ARTiculate Education UK for more.
Japanese woodblock style painting
Leeds primary school, Year 5, 2017
These beautiful willow paintings were done in the style of Japanese woodblock prints and accompanied our excellent work to celebrate the Japanese cherry blossom season (Sakura).
May the Force be with us! Star Wars film project at Leeds Trinity University (May 2017)
A galaxy far, far away... (Star Wars)A few weeks ago, in a primary school not far away six boys were chosen to take part in a Star Wars creative writing workshop. This work challenged their imaginations, their writing and drawing skills and - most importantly - their understanding of how writing can be fun and worthwhile. To accompany their original stories, I taught the children some basic drawing skills: shading, colour and inking. These practise illustrations were a chance for the children to put those skills into action.
The Arrival (Shaun Tan)This workshop was all about character development. Using the The Arrival's story of a family separated as they prepare for a new life in a safer country - based on the story of emigration to the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries - the children imagined themselves as fellow migrants. Deciding what their character should take was a creative challenge as they sought to breathe life into their storytelling. The items were chosen specifically for their character's personalities and situations and arranged artfully. The sepia filter put on the photographs reflects the style of Shaun Tan's illustrations.
Build a bridge, not a wall - Shepard Fairey (Spring 2014)
LANTERN LEARNING TRUST ART COMPETITION - WINNING ENTRY!
These spectacular, personal images were created by a Year 4 class as part of a topic on Jerusalem. After learning about the city and its attractions, we also looked at Jerusalem in popular art. The American street-artist Shepard Fairey explores the idea of peace from conflict and has work on display in Jerusalem's streets. In these pictures, created with ink and collage paper, the children are breaking down, peering through, pushing over or looking around the barrier to learn how other people live and how that understanding can help peace to grow.