Thursday, 5 March 2009

Ladybirds


If I had to pick a favourite insect it would be hard to choose just one. My answer would be, my favourites are ladybirds and dragonflies, really love both of them.
I have just been working with infants in a school doing some art work. We were drawing insects. I took lots of pictures and books for the children to see and then we did drawings and then made prints of the insects. Then printed on fabric with our blocks. We had a really nice time and all the children enjoyed using the printing rollers and making their prints. There is something so exciting and magical about peeling back the block and seeing the printed image.
I showed the children some of my drawings and they ooooo-ed and arrrrrr-ed, I think they were impressed ! They all took home one of my artcards, I gave them all the dragonfly to remind them of our day.
I had my ladybird sheet of drawings but couldn't find it. So the children never got to see it. I have drawn a real ladybird many times but these were actually from a book. I know ladybirds well enough to draw them from memory, but by using the book I could draw different coloured beetles that I have never seen. I think I used Derwent inktense crayons. Anyways hope you like them.

10 comments:

Pequete said...

They are beautiful, I wouldn't tell you used crayons to render them! My daughter photographed the first of this season last week and now you left me wanting to draw them too!

Carol Creech said...

These are gorgeous! So colorful and shiny-looking. What fun the class with the kids must have been.

acornmoon said...

Have you noticed any of the dreaded harlequins?

I am sure the children would have been so inspired by your work. They look so bright and shiny.

Michelle Palmer said...

Children have a way...
So sweet of you to share in their growth! So many of them will be touched by your amazing talents/gift & grow up aspiring to be just like you!
These Ladybirds are wonderful...they should be arriving on our windowsills soon! :)
Michelle

Ann said...

Ladybird beetles are favorites of mine too! These are beautiful, I love the various patterns of dots and those vivid colors. Working with the children sounds like a lot of fun and rewarding!

Spinneretta said...

I love Ladybirds- and their rhyme :) My daughter loves them too... in fact, i think beetles are fascinating- especially for drawing!
I loved your VSD picture too... I never got around to it this time :/

MILLY said...

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milly

ellie said...

Ladybirds are so friendly looking. I wish I could have been in your class and done some printing, sounds like it was a lovely day that the children will remember.

Karen said...

Hi Milly
Thanks for visiting my blog and your compliments.
Your drawings are truly beautiful! x

Margaret Ann said...

I'm right there with the kids...OOOOOhing and AHHHHing at your work everytime I visit....What a lovely opportunity to work with children and introduce them to the fabulous world of art! :)