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Chalk and beetle juice…

August 29, 2013

Drawing and sculpting with Natural Materials

That piece of chalk, What could I do with it?  What sort of marks does it make?  What happens if I…. ? All questions we asked of the chalk.  But for me an equally important one is, where did it come from?  Who found it and whereabouts?  Is there more?  Not just a material for drawing with but part of our landscape, our heritage. 

I shared with the children that some of the chalk I had found on a beach in Kent, other pieces came from a shop, so that now as the children enjoy Drawing and sculpting with Natural Materials they also consider how the material connects with the landscape.Image

Where do colours come from?  Red from berries, stems, leaves, insects… beatle juice was a great hit, a real source of fascination for some of the older children.   

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