Start with the image

The calendars we have made in our writing club combine words and visual images. We prioritise the words and create images later. We have often chosen simple painting and pattern making techniques -wax resist, collage with objects and collage using paper. You will have many ideas about what medium to choose. We have not yet used photographs, which are always a possibility. We try and choose materials that mean that children of all ages can contribute.

You might like to think about starting with the making of a painting or drawing, or choosing a photograph. The writing can follow. Share out the focus -months or seasons and invite children to draw, paint, make collages, make prints. One year, we made abstract patterns using wax resist and thinking carefully about the dominant colours f the season.

Once you have the images, these can form the inspiration for the words.

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