Painting by numbers

6th June 2008 at 01:00
Creating a wow factor mural enables pupils to appreciate an artist's work and apply different techniques as they create an original piece of art
Creating a wow factor mural enables pupils to appreciate an artist's work and apply different techniques as they create an original piece of art.

Select a picture by an artist you are studying and make a coloured copy. Measure your display space, then divide the coloured copy into enough squares for each pupil. Number the squares.

Each pupil reproduces the details in their square using art materials as appropriate - for example, thick paint or oil pastels are effective for the swirls in the work of Vincent Van Gogh. Sugar paper is a strong base too.

Encourage pupils to fill their paper with detail and watch their responses when it's time for the assembling of the finished work.

Lesley Higgerson is a primary teacher who is on a short career break.

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