A blast from the Past (Volcanoes): Art Inspired Series
A blast from the Past (Volcanoes): Art Inspired Series
A blast from the Past (Volcanoes): Art Inspired Series

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This project provides a series of activities that can be taught as a sequence of lessons to form a complete unit of work. Alternatively, teachers may want to choose specific lessons to complement ‘Natural Disasters’ topic work already being Read More
This project provides a series of activities that can be taught as a sequence of lessons to form a complete unit of work. Alternatively, teachers may want to choose specific lessons to complement ‘Natural Disasters’ topic work already being covered in class. 

In this project children take on the role of volcanologist as they explore the geography, history and science of volcanoes! They will conduct and present their own research into the structure and nature of volcanoes, as well as their own science experiment to mimic the drama of a volcanic eruption. They will then travel back to 79AD and relive the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, writing their own eyewitness account of the destruction of Pompeii. Throughout all activities children will be encouraged to ask questions, as volcanoes can stimulate a range of puzzling thoughts. For example, why would you live near a volcano? Why didn’t the people of Pompeii run away? Can you get volcanoes under the sea? Why do people visit volcanic sites? How do you know when a volcano is no longer active? Children will also experiment with a range of different art materials and processes as they make their own models of a volcano and attempt to capture the unpredictable moods of a volcano with paint, inspired by the ‘drip technique’ of Jackson Pollock. This will allow them to explore composition, colour, technique and emotion in their own artwork.

A blast from the Past (Volcanoes): Art Inspired Series

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