Australian artist Ken Done shows Kirsten O'Brien how he uses his simplified style of drawing and painting to capture the landmarks and places that most inspire his work. Ken Done composes a picture on site, using the landmark of Tower Bridge in London as the focus for his artwork. Using bold strokes and colours with very little detail, children work with the artist to compose their own pictures in his simplistic style.
This clip could be used to empower children to tackle landscape drawing (an often daunting task), with confidence and creativity. Due to Ken Done's simple and imaginative approach, even the most anxious artist could feel inspired. Ideally children could be taken to a significant local or national landmark, even the outside of the school building, and provided with pastels or crayons in bold colours to draw the landmark. Alternatively, children could use images of landmarks, local, national or international, as a basis for their drawings. Whilst working, children could be reminded to employ their imagination whilst drawing what they see.