Art and Literature
Term: 1 Year: 2006
Where in the World is Old Tom?
A Postcard from………
- Students had a visit and workshop from author/illustrator "Leigh Hobbs".
- The children's task integrated Art and Literacy for our annual Bookfest celebrating the students'
own Reading and Writing.
- We spent time reading and discussing Leigh's character "old Tom" and books such as "Old
Tom Goes on Holiday".
- Students used Zart Magiclay to create their own models of Old Tom in "action poses".
- Children created illustrations of "a place in the world" Old Tom may have visited on his travels.
- These illustrations were painted with food dyes and outlined with fine black markers.
- Old Tom was added to the illustration in "action poses".
- Students used food dye and fine black markers in their illustrations of "Old Tom" or "Horrible
- Then they collaged sections of their illustrations with black cover paper in contrast to the food dyes.
- Students decided who he was writing to and then wrote from the place illustrated on their "postcard".
- In their Literacy classes, children created "letters from Old Tom".
- Students studied "The Sea" in their classrooms.
- Their Visual art unit, "Mermaids and Pirates" integrated Visual art and Literacy.
In Art children explored the topic through resource books, pictures and the works of varoius artists.
- Students designed their own pirate or mermaid characters.
- We discussed facial features, adding hair, moustaches, beards, plaits, headgear such as bandannas, scarves,
hats, crowns, ribbons etc to further enhance the charcters students had chosen to create.
Students stuffed stocking pieces for heads.
- We discussed the fact that each "character" would be different, so not to worry if head shapes
varied or facial features were quite pronounced ie noses – (which they could in fact, plan for).
Stockings were tied at the back of the "heads" in a knot.
- Students stitched their faces, pinching out from the heads to further emphasise features.
Pirate heads were coloured if students wished with dry pastels and/or charcoal.
- Hair, beards, moustaches were added using wool tops.
- Mermaids were further enhanced with strips of shredded fairy foil.
- The heads were glued into position onto firm card with Supertac.
- Clothing was collaged – using fabric scraps or papers.
- Discussion and attention to the finer details such as belts, pockets, boots, buckles and props in the
characters hands or in the background was encouraged.
- Finally students created "frames" for their characters using cover paper and various specialty
Making Links – Integrating Visual Art and Literacy
- Students did rough drafts of "WANTED" posters for their character in the first art session.
- This was taken back to their classes and continued with.
- Students typed their final drafts and parents assisted burning edges to create the aged effect.
Aspendale Gardens Primary School