Sunday, 10 March 2013

Elmer continued...

 This time the children drew their own elephants with support from me - how many legs, what sort of shaped body, where are the eyes, nose, trunk and tail.

Once they had created their elephant outline it was to get busy with the glue and the various coloured squares of tissue paper.

It was the same technique as the day before - I was interested to see how they would create their Elmer pattern.

The Elmer that we had made was with us, as well as the book, to help with drawing the elephant shape, as well for inspiration.

The children had no plans to create a patchwork pattern - in fact it was of little importance to keep within the elephant shape.

I also think it is interesting that many of the young children I have worked with over the years sometimes "forget" to do the sticking part. It was the same for these children, painting with the glue was priority one - and every once in a while I needed to remind them that if they did not stick something down that the glue would dry and not be sticky anymore - then there was a tendency to grab a few squares and stick them on so that they could get back to gluing. I also find it interesting to see how children like to paint/glue in the same small area of the paper - again, I needed to encourage them to stick the coloured squares over the whole elephant, using the book as an inspiration. I prefer to encourage rather than tell them to do something - the artwork is their own, and I let them know that they can make up their own minds...

elephant with a fat body and with many legs - as drawing legs was just too much fun to stop at four.  A trunk, and eye outside of the body and two lines to represent the ear.
an elephant with a fat body and with four legs, BUT if you draw faster than you count it quickly turns into five legs! A long tail on the right, a short trunk on the left, with the eye close to it - as the eye is found near the trunk and not near the tail. A carefully drawn elephant ear

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