Spring : Imagine an Island Run by Children : Lesson 2
Building on the ideas developed earlier, children will work on collaborative paintings in order to develop them further. They will expand their ideas for the kinds of places they feel would be important on the island.
Introduction: 10 minutes
- Make a small presentation of the work of Ana Fernández and Abel Rodríguez. Choose one piece from each to look at in detail. Encourage children to explore the image through conversation.
Ana Fernandez lives in San Antonio in Texas. She is a painter and runs a food truck called the Institute of Chili. Ana loves the city and paints scenes from her everyday life, people in cafes, in shops, at home having family parties. Ana tries to show what daily life is really like in San Antonio.
Abel Rodriguez (Mogaje Guihu) is an elder from the Nonuya ethnic group (an indigenous group) in the Colombian Amazon. Abel is in his 70s now, but when he was younger he learned all about the plants of the rainforest from his family. He never went to university, but he knew a lot more about plants than many botanists because he lived with plants all his life and got to know them. He helped botanists from outside of Columbia to travel safely in the rainforest studying plants and learning all about ecology and medicines. When Abel got older he moved to the city and began to make drawings of the rainforest from his memory. He remembered all of the trees and plants with great detail, just like someone from the city might remember their favourite shops, buses or the colours of traffic lights. Documenta 14
Development: 40 mins
– Ask children to work in groups of four to produce a painting. They should choose one of the places from the list of man-made and natural spaces.
– As a group they need to plan a painting of this place, they can work on some scraps of paper for this, but they should decide colours and layout together.
– Invite them to begin the painting with a drawing underneath. They should then select their paint colours and begin.
– They can work slowly on this painting building up layers. Remind them to step back from the painting, to think about how it will look when hung on the wall.
Conclusion: 25 mins
– Leave the painting somewhere to dry, students will return to them in the following class.
- Ask the class to walk around to each painting, offering ideas, solutions, additions.
- Encourage students to take 5 minutes to document the process in their notebooks- they could cut up and collage the plans and/or make a quick painting.
Imagine an Island Run by Children: Lesson 1
Brainstorming and map making
Imagine an Island Run by Children: Lesson 2
Imagine an Island Run by Children: Lesson 3
Imagine an Island Run by Children: Lesson 4
Space matters when it becomes a place : Build, draw, build, reflect
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