Confident Creators: circus paintings exploring shape and colour using watercolour and oil pastels

Last week the year 3 children from St Saviour’s used Leon and the Place between to inspire explorations in shape and colour. Artist Liz Atkin has been working with year 3 teacher to support children learn how to use watercolour and oil pastels and our project encourages the teacher to take those skills and encourage the children on a journey of risk taking and experimentation with their subject. The lesson was carefully structured and planned so children built up their skills during the lesson. Children experimented with watercolour on small pieces of paper to see what effects they made, moved on to practise drawing circus performer outlines in their sketchbooks using pastels and then put their skills together on proper watercolour paper. The children were encouraged to experiment with background colour to create a mood and theatrical lighting effects and to fill their paper. Some wonderful results from the children who produced a range of work which they viewed together and gave feedback.