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Friday, 11 September 2015

The Great Roald Dahl

My apologies I'm later with this post than I had planned, as I had a very busy week!

Anyway here's some art ideas based on the great works of Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl Day is celebrated on September 13th and I've rounded up some fabulous ideas for you. 

There is nothing more enjoyable than delving into a good book and even as an adult, Roald Dahl never fails to amuse. The best way to celebrate the day is of course to share your favourite Dahl story with your class. 

1. The Twits

I love the descriptions of Mr Twit and it is the perfect passage to inspire some portraits of the ugly man! 
Using chalk, pastels, pencils or paint children can have great fun creating hairy portraits.

Beard Collage
Another ideas is to read the description of Mr Twits beard and to create a collage of all the lovely things nestled in his beard!!! 

2. The BFG

“We is in Dream Country,' the BFG said. 'This is where all dreams is beginning.” 
― Roald DahlThe BFG

Dream Jars
The BFG has jars full of dreams. How about painting or drawing a dream in a jar of your own and displaying them in rows. 

You could also recycle plastic tubs/jars, decorate them using pvc glue, coloured tissue and gems. A description of the dream can be written and stored inside. 

3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

“He turned and reached behind him for the chocolate bar, then he turned back again and handed it to Charlie. Charlie grabbed it and quickly tore off the wrapper and took an enormous bite. Then he took another…and another…and oh, the joy of being able to cram large pieces of something sweet and solid into one's mouth! The sheer blissful joy of being able to fill one's mouth with rich solid food!
'You look like you wanted that one, sonny,' the shopkeeper said pleasantly. 

Charlie nodded, his mouth bulging with chocolate.” 
― Roald DahlCharlie and the Chocolate Factory

Sweet Creations
Have your class design a wrapper for a new Wonka bar.
Use play doh/clay and beads to create some of Wonka's fabulous delicacies. 

4. James and the giant peach

The seagulls that fly the giant peach would make a lovely class project. These can be made with kitchen towel roll and painted. Once dry these would look great hanging together. 

Each child could make a peach by papier-mâchéing a ballon and painting it or a how about using a beach ball and doing it as a collaborative project. (Tip - cover the ball in Vaseline before you papier-mâché, this will make it easier to remove when you deflat the ball.)

5. The Enormous Crocodile 

"I’m going to fill my hungry empty tummy with something yummy yummy yummy yummy..."

― Roald Dahl, The Enormous Crocodile  

Crocodile Weaving

There are some lovely ideas for crocodile weaving examples on Pinterest ( )

Or how about making your own Roly Poly bird. This bird, famous for its colourful tail feathers, first appeared in The Twits.

Roly Poly Birds

Each child can paint the body, legs, wings, and head. Then use colourful feathers or scraps of material to create the bird's colourful tail. 

Class Collage

Or each child can create a tail feather. Each child can draw a large feather on card and cut it out. Then using glue and fabric/ribbon/gift wrap/tissue they can decorate their feather. These can be displayed on a Roly Poly bird cut out of blue paper. 

Here's another idea for making Roly Poly birds.

6. Esio Trot

Still Life
Bring in some flowers for your class to practice drawing or painting. 

Blob Flowers
Try painting some blob flowers in a riot of colours! Mix paint and water so it is of a runny consistency. Drop blobs of paint on to the page and hold the page so the blobs run down the page. Once dry use oil pastels or chalk to add grass, leaves,and stems.

Sponge print a tortoise. 
Paint the head and shell of the tortoise in shades of green. Sponge print the design on the shell with brown/green paint. 

7. Fantastic Mr. Fox

“I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice.” 
― Roald DahlFantastic Mr. Fox

Learn how to draw a fox. 
There are lots of step by step tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest. Here's some my senior infants drew. 

Check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration 😊 

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