" Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."
- Jonathan Swift
One class I have really enjoyed working with this term is a class that has children in it, who have high behaviour needs. I was slightly apprehensive about the way they would handle using art media such as paint, but was pleasantly surprised by their maturity towards this art media, and their eagerness to learn how to use this art media successfully in their artwork.
The first thing that I taught them about was how to block in a landscape in a way that shows perspective. This took the whole first block, but was a great experience as I was able to gage which children were ready to be expended.
In the next block, we painted in the background layer - the purple mountains. Many of the children in this class had never used paint before, except for blocking in colours - that is "colouring in" using paint. It took a while to show these students how to use black and white paint to accent their purple subtly. It was exciting to watch the children show distance and perspective in just this one layer. After this we discussed how to use block colours to show a vivid morning sky - and what inspiration I drew from my students! Vivid skies of hot pinks and white, yellows and green - swirls and spirals... my students were able to take the teaching I gave them and fly!
Next we moved onto the foreground. taught some simple techniques of how to use black and white to create the shading that depicted the shape of the rocks in the streams/lakes of the foregrounds of their pictures.
Lastly, the students outlined their artwork with black paint. This really accentuated their artwork. It looked simply stunning when finished, and has now been displayed at the front of our school hall - already receiving many comments.
When reflecting on working with this class, I have been delighted by the talent hidden beneath some of the children who often display aggressive behaviour during school hours. I wonder if there are some correlation's between children who find it difficult to work in a typical classroom environment, and children who excel when completing kinesthetic work - whether art or gardening, or building...
This may lead onto more reflections in the future! I have LOVED working with this class, and can't wait to see where some of the talents of these students may lead...