As many of you may know it is Roald Dahl day this month and you may or may not have arrangements in school to celebrate the great work of one of the world's greatest children's authors. But lets not forget about the wonderful Quentin Blake who brought Roald Dahl's fantastical characters to life. My year 3 and 4 classes studied George's Marvellous medicine in class so I came up with a couple of lesson plans around Quentin Blake to link to their class topic.
The children combined paint and washing up liquid with water, in large bowls and blew threw straws until the mixture bubbled up above and in some cases over the bowl. They then lay their cartridge paper over the mixture to capture the bubble affect. Be sure to use good washing up liquid and thick paper or it will curl and the bubbles may not be good enough.
Once dried the children added sketched characters using lines like Quentin Blake to complete the scene of George and his Marvellous medicine.
During our second session we watched videos of Quentin Blake at work form his official website. I drew the children's attention to the way he sketched his designs in lightly at first the added watercolours. We then watched another video of the late and great Rik Myall on the BBC's Jackanory reading Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine. I forwarded to the section where George describes his Grandma sitting in her arm chair in the front room. We jotted down noted on the features and description of Grandma. This bought lots of laughs when George describes his grandma's mouth as looking like a dogs bottom. The children then created their own sketched of Grandma based on the superb writing of Roald Dahl adding watercolours once they were happy. As a plenary we looked at Quentin Blake's sketch of Grandma from the book and compared it to our own work.
Click here for Quentin Blake demonstrating his techniques.
Click here for Quentin Blake interview