Wild Art Club

Wild Art Club Newsletter 

This term we have been exploring “Australia” as our topic, its position, climate and habitats and learning about the animals and people that live there. We started by studying the native Aboriginal people, their culture, stories and art, and followed this with a session making our own Boomerangs, decorating them with Aboriginal symbols to tell our own “Dreamtime” stories.

We then spent a session looking at Aboriginal Dot Art, discussing the use of natural pigments, natural mark-making tools and ancient forms of signatures for a people without written language. We also investigated the meanings behind the use of sacred colours, and then went on to create our own Dot Art Hand pictures.

Next we turned our attention to looking at Marsupials, selecting Kangaroos and their cousins, the Wallabies and Wallaroos for our first subject, studying their habitat, habits and anatomy and finally drawing them. The children chose the enticingly named “Tasmanian Devil” for our next subject, alongside the Wombat and Koala. We again learnt about their habitat, distribution, diet and characteristics and then spent the remainder of the session practising drawing them.

The children then chose their favourite animal to depict in a final piece of artwork, working with charcoal, rubbers and chalk to produce some stunning pictures. Please look through the picture gallery on the Wild Art Club Instagram page, & follow the club on Instagram to receive updates when more artwork is posted. Find it at @wildartclub.

This was followed by an exciting and challenging activity to create our own “Climbing Koalas” which the children tackled with such positive purpose. They learnt about pull-tab mechanisms used in the making of pop-ups and produced some spectacular results, which they were in such a hurry to take home, that I didn’t get the opportunity to photograph them!

Next we looked at the reptiles found in Australia before concentrating on the Frill Necked Lizard, the Blue Tongued Skink and the Saltwater Crocodile. We learnt about their habitats, size, diet and habits before selecting our favourite to depict in an origami expanding book. We used watercolour paper and then experimented with marker pens, paintbrushes and water to decorate them, with superb results.

In the last session of the term we learnt about Monotremes, those unique creatures that are neither bird, mammal, marsupial or reptile, namely the Platypus and Echidna and finished by making our own platypus finger puppets.

Next term’s topic will be based on the theme of “Rubbish” as the problems of plastic pollution are receiving widespread coverage, and how we can reuse and recycle it creatively. For the first half of the term activities will be linked to “Spring”, and will include nesting birds, flowers and insects. The second half of the term will involve activities that are connected to “The Sea”. All sessions will explore the nature of rubbish, its original use, material make-up and recycling possibilities, followed by an opportunity to use and upcycle the items in a fun and imaginative way. So please could you encourage your children to start collecting the items on the list below, as they will be requiring them for their creations! There will be prizes for those that bring everything in! Lists of items to be collected and the weeks they will be required are available from me, the school office and can be found on the school website, under the “Life at School” and then click on Wild Art Club.