We love the Katie series of books, in particular “Katie and The British Artists” by James Mayhew (ISBN 978-1846167379) it is such an easy and inspiring way to be exposed to different paintings. S recognises and remembers the name of artists and their paintings and A is quick to see the paintings he recognises in the gallery.
A good proportion of the pictures included in the stories hang in The National Gallery so we are lucky enough to have viewed many of the ‘real’ masterpieces too. However we aren’t that local to The National Gallery, taking a train and underground train to get there. When out for the day we carry all we need, including the Katie book series plus our “Londres” book (ISNB 978-2745955555). Today we decided to buy some postcards to play with in the museum, rather than carrying around the books.
The paintings in the story “Katie and The British Artists” by James Mayhew (ISBN 978-1846167379) include
- The Cornfield by Constable
- Rain, Steam and Speed by Turner
- Whistlejacket by Stubbs
- The Painter’s Daughters Chasing a Butterfly by Gainsborough
- The Fighting Temeraire by Turner
I simply hole punched the postcards at the top and joined them with a key ring. The postcards were now ready to play with.
Some ideas on how to use them:
- Go on a picture hunt – place the cards in a different order to mix it up – can you find the pictures?
- Add a clue to the back of a postcard, directing you where to go next. I chose to write this on some paper so I could change the clues on subsequent visits.
- Add a postcard, that is not in the story. What adventures could the characters have now?
- Use the postcards to record thoughts, feelings and reactions to the paintings. Add further thoughts on subsequent visits to see how these change over time. Here is the start of our record.
Have a go in a museum or gallery near you – buy a few postcards, go on a hunt and record your thoughts and reactions. We would love to hear how you got on!