Saturday, March 26, 2011

For the trees

26th March

This evening is 'Earth Hour' so what better theme for the day's creations than things from nature and what we can do to look after our earth.

The group starts by drawing 'something about nature'. There were trees, birds, butterflies and animals. They were then introduced to print-making. Using a strip of plastic film (a recycled off-cut) and a piece of paper board (again recycled from the printers) we created mono-print trees. Paint in the desired shape was brushed onto the film and then flipped over and rubbed onto the paper. It took a bit of practice to get the right patterns or coverage of ink that each artist liked. The odd paintbrush stroke slipped in when I wasn't looking, which is fine – it is good to try different techniques to find out what we like and what we do not.



The artist's were then asked what sort of things they could do which didn't use electricity. List's were written and pictures drawn in journals. 'H' added a push bike to his drawing and writes that he can draw instead of watch tv and ride his bike.



We discussed that sometimes we do need to drive cars, turn on lights and watch tv – but I was so impressed with the different ideas mentioned. One tree even had a 'thank you' bubble coming out of it's trunk, just lovely. 

As I forget to take photos for the blog I offered out the invitation of group photographers. The offer was accepted! 'T' wrote a list of who is to be photographer for the week. Thanks to 'L' for doing such a great job with today's pics. 

Don't forget at 8:30 pm on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour, the trees will thank us for it. 





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