During Earth Week the children chose to represent their appreciation for the Earth by creating an art project. We decided that a collaborative art project would be fun and the children had many ideas about what this could look like. The consistent message was that: they wanted the Earth to be in the project and they wanted pictures of things they loved in nature to be represented as well.
We have been studying the author/illustrator Barbara Reid, who is famous for her beautiful illustrations created using Plasticine. The students were curious about this art medium, so we decided to incorporate Plasticine art into our Earth Art Project.
But where to begin?
First, we watched some instructional videos made by Barbara Reid on creating pictures from Plasticine:
Then, we followed Barbara Reid’s advice and sketched our plans. Also on the advice of Barbara Reid, many of the students researched the animals or plants that they wished to create in books or on the internet.
The first step in creating our art was to make the background. The students selected and mixed the colours that they wished to use. We used our plans to guide our work with the Plasticine. We discovered that setting our Plasticine in a sunny window helped to make it nice and soft for spreading.
Next, we added our foreground figures. The techniques of rolling snakes and balls that we learned from Mr. Wilson came in handy for this part!
Last, we added details and textures. We used a variety of tools to create the looks we wanted.
Here is an Animoto of the process and our finished product! Please come and see it in person outside of our classroom!
Barbara Reid will be presenting at the upcoming Vancouver Island BookFest. We have sent her this book and letter: