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Presenter Mark Speight visits an army camp and captures the movements of training soldiers in his painting as they swing across monkey bars. Using basic dabbing and finger painting techniques, he shows how to give a painting movement and how best to capture the moment.
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12 March 2010

Classroom Ideas

Begin by capturing images of the subject as rough sketches without the need for too much accuracy. This helps children to focus in on the essence of the subject rather than looking for too much minor detail. Figures, vehicles, fish, animals or trees are good examples of subjects to choose. Whether painting with fingers as in the clip or with brushes or paint applicators, looking to capture the essence of a sense of movement in a still 2D image is the objective (rather than a faithful reproduction with detailed accuracy). This could follow later as a refinement of part of a set of 'movement' paintings if necessary. Smudging and blurring techniques, representing the effect of movement, could be experimented with to discover which produces the most pleasing effect. Chalks, oil pastels, charcoal, paints, pencils or crayons could all be used and a variety of textured papers will further enhance final effects.

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