Today’s suggested activities

Happy Tuesday class 1!

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s snail themed activities, as we’re going to carry on with the snail theme today too.

First I have some really interesting art by the Artist Jacek Yerka. He is a Polish surrealist painter born in 1952. Surrealist art is inspired by dreams and fantasies, and often pairs things together that you wouldn’t normally see in real life.

If you’d like to learn more about surrealist art, watch this video: https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/what-is/surrealism

Have a look at these 3 paintings by Yerka:

Yerka 1 Yerka 2 Yerka 3

Can you discuss these questions with an adult in your house:

  • Do you like the pictures?
  • Why/ why not?
  • What can you see in the pictures?
  • Are the pictures similar?
  • How are they similar?
  • How are the pictures different?

Yerka was inspired by the idea that snails carry their home (their shell) on their back.

For your task today, I would like you to create your own picture in the style of Yerka, by drawing a snail with a different kind of home on his back. You could draw your home, or make up a fantasy home. Remember surrealist art isn’t based in reality, so you can be as creative as you like and don’t limit yourself to drawing if there is another technique you’d like to use i.e. collage or painting.

When you have drawn your snail, I would like you to have a go at writing a description, or some descriptive sentences about the home you have designed and drawn.

Your description should include:

  • Full stops and capital letters.
  • Adjectives- expanded noun phrases (2 adjectives with a comma between them)
  • Conjunctions like and/because/so.

Reception children, have a go at sounding out and writing some simple descriptive sentences about your snail’s home. Maybe use these sentence stems to help you get started:

‘My home has…’

‘The house is…’

I can’t wait to see some of your creative surrealist art, so don’t forget to send me a picture by email.

Miss Latham