Art you can feel
The Royal Academy of Arts is breaking its own "no touch" rules with its nationwide children's painting competition in association with Sightsavers.
What is it?
This year's theme is "i:dream" and children are encouraged to experiment with textures to explore how spectators with different levels of sight can experience art. Pupils could explore their dreams for the future, their dreams for the world or their daydreams.
"Art is for everyone, not just for people who can see, and tactile painting is a great way of celebrating this," says Gemma Roberts, Sightsavers' schools development officer. "It would be wonderful if pupils experiment with textures, whether that be sand, paper, rice or whatever they like.'"
How to get involved?
The competition is open to three categories: infants (ages 4-7), lower juniors (ages 8-9) and upper juniors (ages 10-11). The closing date is 12 September 2012. Resources and details can be downloaded from www.sightsavers.orgget_involvedteacherzonejunior_painter
Perfect pupils' painting techniques with a scheme of work from gailnaden. Or for some teacher tips and tricks check out kruss007's art and design techniques guide.