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I teach a year 5 class and our topic this term is water (coasts and rivers). Any good art ideas please?
Did water topic with my Year 5 last term - some of the art activities we did included coastal collages, constructing our own Thames barriers (more D&T I know), pictures of famous buildings, examples of architecture near rivers, oceans etc (we did this using chalks, buildings such as Forth Rail Bridge, Golden Gate bridge, London Eye, Houses of Parliament etc).
Good resources to have include lots of tissue paper, based on my own experience!
For art linked to water last year I looked at impressionism, particularly the work of Monet. The art objectives were to use impressionist techniques and perspective. I printed off photographs of a variety of river landscapes which children then recreated in an impressionist style, having first experimented with the style on a smaller scale. We watched this tutorial to help with perspective too:
The results were really good and I'll be trying it again this year for our school art exhibition :0)
The Finding Nemo DVD has a great real life coral reef bit on the extra features which Dorrie narrates- we looked at how it teemed with life/colours/texures etc We used pastels an brusho, then added textures, to create a fantastic wall display.
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