This simple art activity was an opportunity to combine two painting techniques with bold, contrasting colours. But our fantastic children took it to a much higher level!
During our preparation, the children gathered images and watched videos of polar bear families on the Arctic ice. As expected, this eventually led to a discussion about the decline of the species due to global warming and habitat loss. What I didn't expect was the children's decision to respond to the decline of polar bears directly in their art. One child suggested that everyone should keep saying the word "threatened" in their heads while they painted. Powerful.
When we stood back and observed the children's completed work, it was obvious from the bears' facial expressions that their wonderful idea had been so effective!
Our Titanic topic this term has the children so engaged! We've been observing old postcards and photographs of the liner and trying to capture the essence of her size and significance. I love how this child has made his charcoal Titanic escape the page, conveying the scale so effectively!
This topic is of local interest too as our school is quite literally a twenty minute walk from the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Next month we are visiting the Thompson Dry Dock, where the liner was fitted out and painted.
My class won £1,000 in an art competition this year, so the prize money will cover an open top bus and a tour guide! We can't wait!