Animals in folk tales

Children explored how animals are used to illustrate a great many traditional stories and folk tales, often with an underlying moral, from Beatrix Potter to Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
The children also learnt how to capture and draw the essential characteristics that distinguish animals from one another, and which can be used to enhance the telling of the story itself. As always we focused on developing important drawing skills.
We first observed British animals and how they are drawn naturalistically in reference books, observing and trying out different textures, features, etc. and to place the animal’s proportions onto the paper. Children then told a story and imagined their own scene with animals. We had rabbits and fox’ birthday parties, rabbit goes on holiday.