I know, such a catchy title but I thought I had better warn you early on!
This is not the sort of post I normally write.
Many years ago, in a galaxy far away I used to be a teacher.
I sort of ended up there. I used to think it was because of lazy careers advice but it didnt bother me too much as its a great job to do and it turned out that I was quite good at it.
Maybe that careers teacher saw something in me that I didn't.
Anyway my kids primary school holds an arts week each year, I say week it actually 3 days.
During Arts week the teachers take a theme and provide a variety of arts activities. The children in moved into groups across ages and they move around the school doing 3 different teachers activities a day.
My eldest is in yr 6 (oldest class in the school) and I have helped with arts weeks for a few years now. It can be great fun but sometimes it can seem like they are doing a lot of colouring rather than a decent art activity.
This year I offered to be in a class and lead my own activity. The teacher who was planning Aboriginal art as a theme jumped at the chance and knows me well enough to let me get on with it.
By shear coincidence I am currently reading Songlines by Bruce Chatwin. An exploration of aboriginal culture.
On with the lesson ideas.
I started with rock art. After a short presentation of ideas we used finger tips to build up pictures of animals and symbols on pebbles. The kids loved this. Something concrete that they had made. Something to take home.
Very important. We all love to make something we can keep and take home, don't we?
Oh bliss, playing with wire and modroc!