School Workshop

Schools and arts award

On Monday 20th November, Mel and Ben ran a workshop for Year 6 students at White Cliffs Primary College for the Arts. The workshop encouraged students to experiment with the ways in which Dover’s geology and biology is visually communicated. See below a plan of the workshop that took place:

Lesson Plan, Monday 20th November:

Mel will introduce to the students the biological, geological, zoological aspects of the White Cliffs of Dover for 30mins. Me and Mel will have collected pebbles and seaweed samples from the beach to bring in to the students prior to the workshop. I will bring in three template drawings which are outlines of sea life flora, a rock specimen and a fossil. I will encourage year 6 students to paint in the pebble drawing in various colours relating to the various temperatures that transform the identity and characteristic of pebbles. (See example of diagram outlining the temperature variations that influences the form of a rock at bottom of document). Students will be asked to write information that Mel has presented relating to fossils and the history of the cliffs inside the drawing of the fossil. Students will be asked to draw patterns on the floral drawing which are observed from the sea-life flora that is brought in to the school by me and Mel. All of these drawings will be drawn three times so the images can be collated and animated using the ‘boil’ technique’. Example of line boil technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alQQg36FHSA Getting the students to create simple but repetitive drawings should allow the students to learn aspects of the Dover landscape in practice and creatively. There is a mixture of text, drawing and painting exercises for the students to work through.This relates well to the whole ‘Pebbles’ project as text and images will be compared and contrasted that explores the biological and mythological aspects of the Dover coastline.When the student’s work is collated and embedded into an animation, it will be shown at the Silver Screen Cinema alongside other works made for the ‘Pebbles’ project. This workshop is an extension of the STEM to STEAM project that I have worked on with primary level students in the past and keen to explore further. 

“The session was great! Mel’s presentation was mesmerising. The students were gobsmacked at the images that Mel presented of local landscapes and biology.

The students interacted with the worksheet excitedly and thoroughly enjoyed painting their portraits onto pebbles that me and Mel collected from Dover beach. The workshop had a healthy balance and relationship between creativity and key curriculum knowledge. The students were a credit to their school”!