Revelation Natural Art

Birchley St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, St Helens - Review
by Sarah Neild, Year 1 and 2 Teacher

Why did you choose Revelation Natural Art?

I was initially impressed by the ‘brushes’ and how they behave in a realistic manner, such as being able to mix the colours and the effects they give by showing the paint running out, this gives a realistic effect. Then I found other features that impressed me, including the stamps and how they change when the mouse button is ‘held down’ and how together with the symmetry features and the different levels, the user can customise their own work.

As I have used the program more and more I have enjoyed features found in commercial products, for example, the ‘colour replacer’, which has been used in a unit of work about Pop Art.

The versatility, depth and customisation makes Revelation Natural Art a tool that can be used for modelling, exploration and experimentation, with all age ranges. These key attributes make Revelation Natural Art a very powerful teaching and learning tool.

Who is using Revelation Natural Art ?

Our Reception class children have been introduced to the program to model drawing and painting skills and to explore different media.

The Year 1 class use the program during their ‘Introduction to modelling’ unit to create a ‘scene’ or ‘fantasy animal’.

The Year 2 class use the program for their ‘Creating Pictures’ unit and start to use the Junior tools and ‘save as’.

The program is then used as a tool through the Juniors by the teachers and pupils at various times and is used specifically for certain features such as the ‘colour replacer’ and ‘symmetry’ at an art exhibition event and within animations. During ‘Reward Time’ I run a Film and Animation Club and Revelation Natural Art is used extensively alongside other programs due to its ease of use and ability to transfer to other applications.

What curriculum areas and /or objectives does Revelation Natural Art support in your school?

As a cross-curricular tool in Maths, ICT, Art, Literacy and creating animations. Revelation Natural Art is a versatile tool that can be used within different subjects and with different aged groups of children.

In your opinion, does Revelation Natural Art support the development of learners’ higher order skills such as thinking and problem solving skills?

Yes.

When considering being able to mix different colours on the page and the use of different brushes, the children problem solve to achieve the effects they want. For example, when the children place a circle in the sky for the sun when they have already coloured the sky, they see the effect it has on the different layers.

When creating animations the children have to plan, organise and work in a systematic and methodically way which they learn through a real task to achieve a desired goal.

What do pupils think about Revelation Natural Art ?

They love it. It has the Wow Factor. They explore it for themselves. It is a program they will choose to use for fun as well as to complete a task. Revelation Natural Art allows them to create their own work by giving them a wide range of choice in order for them to make their own decisions and produce a final piece of work they love.

How has Revelation Natural Art supported your effective teaching?

Through providing realistic art experiences using ICT.

Its ability to explore simulations and model effects used in the ‘real world’ is very powerful. It enables all the opportunities to succeed and gives the children a large variety of choice.

How would you say Revelation Natural Art enhances learners’ experience?

The opportunity to experiment and explore ‘safely’ is enabling.

Encouraging the learner to ‘take risks’ gives them confidence to experiment.

Providing experiences very quickly and easily that would be more costly and time consuming to achieve without it.

Major successes resulting from Revelation Natural Art

Project: Producing Mother’s Day Cards

What the pupils did?

The pupils located an appropriate image from the Internet, for example, a flower and pasted it into Revelation Natural Art. They then experimented using the ‘colour replacer’ tool, selecting different brushes and colours to create their desired image. Once happy with the effects, the children then selected their image and copied and pasted it to Word where they used ‘Word Wrapping – tight’ to add a repeating message around the image. This was then printed and glued to card where further customisation was applied such as, tissue paper, acetate and lines. The results were breath taking and are now treasured items by the children’s mothers.

What you did?

After the initial exploration and experimentation prior to the lesson and seeking advice from colleagues more experienced with Art, my main role was to model the features the children would use. During the lesson I offered support to the children, when needed, about colour choices, and amounts of ‘colour replacer’ to use but on the whole the children worked quite independently, pleased with their results.

What objectives were achieved and how were they assessed?

The following objectives were the focus for the work:

  • All the pupils considered carefully their own starting points for their work with their own mothers in mind. They experimented, modelled and explored the effects they could achieve making decisions and evaluating their work as they proceeded.
  • ICT provided them with immediate results that could be saved and reworked easily. The children had a real purpose to the work and self-assessed while they tried to achieve an end result. Further assessments were made during the process by myself and a support assistant.

1b Question and make thoughtful observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work

2c Use a variety of methods and approaches to communicate observations, ideas and feelings, and to design and make images and artefacts.

2a Investigate and combine visual and tactile qualities of materials and processes and to match these qualities to the purpose of the work

4b Materials and processes used in art, craft and design and how these can be matched to ideas and intentions

4a Visual and tactile elements, including colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space, and how these elements can be combined and organised for different purposes

5c Using a range of materials and processes, including ICT, for example, painting, collage, print making, digital media, textiles and sculpture.

Future plans for using Revelation Natural Art

Increased use of the program especially to promote its cross-curricular possibilities.

Quotes:

These are some that have stuck with me recently:

“Look at this” (children sharing tools)

“Miss, will you look at mine?” (a child had produced an animation).

“I’m just going to change the grass using this rays tool.” (a six year old creating a realistic scene)

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"...software that allows children to develop higher order skills through exploration..." Lewis Dinsdale, English Martyrs Catholic Primary, Litherland

"It has the Wow Factor."
Sarah Neild, Birchley St Mary’s Catholic Primary, St Helens

"Natural media effects allow users to work with the same tools on the computer that they would in their real art lessons.” TES Teacher

 
   
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