Getting Arty


Wow, it’s been a long time since I posted hasn’t it? Sorry.

We’ve had a busy morning, getting in our maths, reading and coding practice for the day. After that was out of the way, Plum and I got arty. She’s recently discovered that she loves to draw, and she’s made a lot of progress in a short time, although she’s still at the embellished stick person stage when she draws with pencils or pens. However, she’s expressed an interest in learning more about art, and so off I went to find some resources.

We started our endeavours this morning, and we’ve begun our journey into art with chalk pastels. Armed with a tutorial and the supplies it recommended, we sat down to create an acorn. Plum has never chalk pastels before, so I was interested to see how she would get on. I did the tutorial as well, so she could see how I was following the steps in the tutorial, and she copied what I did, but she didn’t have any help with actually doing it – every mark she made was hers alone.

And here is what she produced. I think it is a fine effort for an almost-seven-year-old. I’m beyond proud of her.

 

She loved using the chalks and begged to do another tutorial. We looked through the options and she chose to draw a toffee apple. This one was a little more tricky – more elements included and shading to add, but we had a go. And she loved this one too. She had a little trouble with the shape of the plate, but she did well with the shading of it, I think.

 

Not satisfied yet, she wanted to do another. She thought the rest of the tutorials in the pack we had were a bit too difficult for her yet, so we searched online for inspiration, and she spotted a cat face that she *had* to do. Because there is so much black in this one, it took more care to get in all the features but I love what she achieved!

I can’t wait to see what we do next. Plum is desperate to do more right now, but we have other commitments to fit in, so instead we’ve scheduled an art session on Thursday morning. We’ve decided to sign her up to the Arts Award too, so she can explore all kinds of art, and get a certificate for her trouble. I hated art at school, but I think I am going to enjoy joining Plum on her journey of discovery.

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