Art and design

31st March 2006 at 01:00
Show pupils pictures of different brightly coloured moths and use the wing markings as a basis for bright pattern-making.

Cut out moth shapes from tissue. Overlap different primary colours, stuck down with diluted PVA, to explore colour mixing from primary to secondary.

Give each pupil a cut-out picture of a moth with closely toned coloured markings, and challenge pupils to use watercolours and small brushes to paint a background that camouflages the moth after it is stuck on to it.

Make a three-dimensional cocoon: the outside case of wire covered with translucent foil or spun by being repeatedly wrapped with a net of thin twine; the pupae inside from painted clay. These will look sinister if lit from the inside.

Make a moth hat that moves using a simple cardboard skullcap as a basis, with wings which can flap and painted eyes like the Eyed Hawk Moth.

Produce a series of coloured studies illustrating the growth stages of a moth from egg to adult, then produce a simple digital animated film.

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