Today we read the book “B is for Big Ben” and we looked at some pictures of Big Ben. Some children said they had seen “Big Bentley” in the Cars 2 movie. We talked about how they had changed the name to Bentley as Bentley is the name of a car. We also had a discussion about London and the Olympics that will be held there soon.
We made a picture of Big Ben by starting with an A4 sheet of cartridge paper. We used red and yellow dye to make a sunset type effect. We painted the bottom yellow and then the top red. We blended the colours in the middle to make an orangey colour. To add a little zing to our pictures we sprinkled them with rock salt to create a dappled effect. These looked a lot like fireworks around some of the drawings when we were finished.
We had a few different pictures of Big Ben on another table for the children to look at while doing their drawings. Some were a little phased by the task so we broke it down into easy steps. “Draw a rectangle, then a square on top. Can you see there’s a circle in the square?” We gave the children Artline markers and newspaper to draw on.
Once the dyed paper was dry we dusted the rock salt off into the bin. We cut out our Big Ben drawings and glued them onto the background being careful to make sure that the buildings touched the ground because buildings don’t “float in the air”. We backed them on black card to really make them pop. It was a great study in drawing architecture.