This session introduces Early Years pupils to looking at and enjoying paintings through storytelling, music and making. It is designed for Reception and Primary groups at KS1 with the aim of developing skills in listening and communicating and developing dexterity. The session supports strands of the Early Years Foundation Stage with specific emphasis on Reception pupils.
The workshop begins with a lively re-telling of the Greek myth 'Penelope and the Suitors' from Homer's 'Odyssey'. Ideas, characters and elements of the story are brought to life through music, sound and singing; Penelope's weaving becomes arpeggios on a harp, the animals in the painting meow, roar and chirp, and the children sing the 'Song of the Sirens' from Odysseus' journey, accompanied by the guitar.
Materials used in the fresco-making workshop are subtly introduced throughout the storytelling. Each child will make a small fresco painting on a plaster board referencing the texture of the painting using the colours and subjects highlighted in the story.