Talking Pictures is an online resource for children and their adults based on artwork from the Crawford Art Gallery Collection. We will share creative prompts for happy talk and play every Wednesday.
Kathy Prendergast is an Irish artist who creates sculptures, paintings and drawings. Here she has created a very detailed drawing of a leaf - if you look closely you can see all the little veins (lines) that Kathy has managed to capture with a chalk pastel.
Why do leaves have veins?
Where else can you see shapes like these veins in nature?
What happens to the leaves in Autumn?
Why does this happen?
Has this started already?
How well do you know the leaves that are common in Ireland?
Can you match the names to all the leaves below?
Have you seen all of these leaves in the wild?
Gather some leaves of different shapes and sizes in your garden or a park. Take your (dry) leaf and place it face down on some paper so that the veins are pointing up. Cover your leaf with another piece of paper and rub the crayon over the leaf, tilting the crayon down so you aren’t using the tip of the crayon. Repeat this with more leaves and change colours for each leaf for a colourful creation.
Let’s gather leaves and other natural bits and pieces (feathers, twigs, nuts, flowers, herbs) from the garden or park and create fairy people:
Did you get them all?
Activities and illustrations by Hazel Hurley.
We would love to hear your stories and artworks inspired by Talking Pictures! Share them with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the #crawfordartgalleryhomelife.
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