We briefly talked about the spiral in nature, snailshells, whirlpools, flowers etc then I did a quick demonstration.
The children of reception age individually created a spiral on a large square of white cartridge paper or black sugar paper,using chalk and oil pastels.
Developing drawing skills trying different qualities of line,
Smudging and colour blending.Creating independent designs within the limitation of a spiral (snail shell shape) relating to the minibeast project, Susan the giant African snail (this school’s pet snail) and the spirals’ reoccurance in Nature from flowers to spiral galaxies.
The children learnt dexterity in mark making, pressing on hard to get really strong colours, gentle delicate lines, crumbling tiny crumbs and then smudging.Broken lines, curly lines etc. Using the side of the pastels to create thicker lines etc.
Understanding contrasting colours, lights and darks.Blending of hues.
Creating a completley unique piece of art recognisable to self.
Pride instilled in the individualality in ones work.
The pieces are then mounted and displayed all together.