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Thursday 1 October 2015

Polar Bears, 6th Class

I just had an enquiry from a TP student looking for ideas to explore Polar Bears with sixth class.



I think this would be a great opportunity to use clay. If they have small pieces just make sure they stick them with the scour and slip method. See this here: http://clairesprimaryschoolart.blogspot.ie/2015/08/using-clay.html


Polar Bears are also great to explore drawing and sketching with. The texture of the fur would be fun to draw and experiment with!

Why not introduce 'tone' or 'shading' with them?


Begin by giving the class a variety of materials- charcoal, chalk pastels, soft pencils (6B, 8B) get the children to draw lines and smudge the marks.

They could then apply this to a drawing of a polar bear. Maybe using white pastels on black or dark blue paper?

Seal the chalk pastels with hairspray after ;)

Fabric and Fibre:

The shape of a polar bear is simple and rounded- have you thought about embroidery or sewing?
Use some hessian, embroidery thread and plastic needles to practice stitches.

(see here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hemline-Hand-Sewing-Needles-Plastic/dp/B0039NEK6U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443730624&sr=8-1&keywords=plastic+embroidery+needles )

Then let the class draw a simple outline of a polar bear with pencil on the hessian and sew over the line as practiced.

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