The second annual English Class Dandelion Day was different this year. The day was so overcast that all of the sun-sensitive dandelions were tightly closed. But THAT didn’t deter us! “Plan B” was quickly put into action and the day was dedicated to glorifying the dandelion through art.
The day started with Ms Sylvia sharing some time lapse films of the life cycle of dandelions, as well as some stories. Pupils have been reading books relating to dandelions with their class teachers in the weeks leading up to Dandelion Day. During the second lesson small mixed-age groups of pupils searched the B-wing for answers to their five questions about dandelions.This was followed by lunch in the gymnasium, which turned out to be a big treat for some!
After lunch the fun truly started! Once again, in mixed-age groups, pupil were bundled off to work on various dandelion art projects. The art-making process is every bit as important, if not more important, than the final product. Working in mixed-age groups offers opportunities for shared risk-taking, possibilities of completing works through cooperation, as well as offering opportunities for the exchange of ideas. Encouragement from an older pupil can be life-changing for a younger pupil. The ambiance of Dandelion Day was relaxed, yet focused.
One group made stylized dandelions using oil pastels on green and black paper.
Another group made wishing wands from white wool yarn and twigs.
One group used watercolours and felt pens to create their dandelion clocks or puffballs.
Yet another group of pupils made dandelion pictures by using white oil crayons to make dandelion puffballs and then creating a watercolour wash background. Next pupils made bright yellow tissue paper dandelions and cut leaves from scraps of green paper. The overall results of their efforts were stunning!