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Eco-island: Sandy Mile activity 3

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Make a poster depicting the perfect seaside destination to attract people to visit.

Keystage 1

Curriculum links: PSHE 1a, c; 2g. Art 1b, 2c. History 4a. En3 1a, e; 8a-b.

Seaside poster

What to do: Ask the children to share their views on what they think a perfect beach should look like. Discuss the problems that come with beaches being crowded – litter, noise and pollution. Do these things feature in their vision of the perfect beach? Ask them to find pictures and images from a variety of sources that reflect their ideas. Look particularly at posters, postcards and artwork from the 1940s to the 1970s that encouraged people to spend their holidays at the seaside.

Explain to the class that they are going to make new posters to show what Sandy Mile could look like once it has been cleaned up. The posters should include a painting or drawing of the beach. One effective way of creating this image is to draw the outline in wax crayons and then colour it in using watered-down paint (see pictured example).

Next, experiment with lettering and different fonts to create the name of the beach. Finally, think about other text that could feature on the poster to attract people to the beach. Encourage the children to think of words that conjure up positive images such as ‘golden beach’ and ‘relaxing waves’. Add these to the poster in a decorative way.

Keystage 2

Curriculum links: Art 1a-c, 2c. Hist 2a, 4a. En3 1a-e, 9c.

What to do: Ask the children to share their views on what they think a perfect beach should look like. Discuss the problems that come with beaches being crowded – litter, noise and pollution. Do these things feature in their vision of the perfect beach? Should a beach be a place of fun and entertainment or a place of beauty and relaxation? Do the children think it is possible to have both, and if so, how could this be done successfully? Ask them to find pictures and images from a variety of sources that reflect their ideas. Look particularly at posters, postcards and artwork from the 1940s to the 1970s that encouraged people to spend their holidays at the seaside.

Make new posters that the children think might encourage people to come to Sandy Mile beach once it is cleaned up. The posters should include a painting of the beach – if the beach is drawn in wax crayons and then coloured in watered-down paints, the paint sits inside the crayon and creates an effective look.

Next, experiment with lettering and different fonts to create the name of the beach in a bold and eye-catching way. Use shadow to give the lettering a 3D effect. Do this by cutting out the lettering twice, once on coloured paper and once on black. Stick the black letters behind the coloured ones, moving them down and right a little. Finally, think what other text might be included on the poster that could attract people to the beach. Encourage the children to think of words that conjure up positive images such as ‘golden beach’ and ‘relaxing waves’. Add these to the poster in a decorative way.

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