Karen Webster

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Horse Chestnut Karen
Snail Karen
Nettle Paper Karen
Seashore Cyanotypes Karen
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Cabinet Of Curiosities
Subject(s):
Science, History, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Local Studies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
Counties catered for:
Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo
Classes catered for:
All Classes

Book Virtual / In-Person Visit


Karen is a visual artist who has been designing and delivering projects in national schools for over twenty years. She has an MA(research) in using art as a way of engaging children with their local natural heritage. She uses an approach that is fun and imaginative and allows the children to investigate and learn through practical, creative and hands-on activities.

During a project with Karen the children will get the chance to explore nature through art-making, such as clay work, journal making, paper-making, cyanotype photography and making paints from soils. Where possible she likes to get the children outside and utilizes the school grounds or locally accessible areas to give them direct experience of the natural world on their doorstep.

She works collaboratively with the class teacher and is happy to tailor projects to meet the requirements of each individual school.

In-person school visits

The topics listed below can be tailored to best suit the needs of your class either as stand alone sessions or developed in more depth over a five visit project:

Focusing on a 2m radius we will observe and investigate the life we find there.

Art activities may include; dynamic drawing with charcoal and watercolour, illustration and botanical drawing, creative writing.

Leaf identification, winter trees and twigs, the ecosystem of a tree, tree characteristics and folklore

Art activities may include; paper-making, leaf prints, drawings from sticks, clay tree faces.

Learning about the importance of soil, how seeds grow, wonderful worms and different types of rock.

Art activities may include; pigments and earth paints, observational drawing and mixed media collages with natural materials.

Mini-beast safaris, the buzz about bees, the importance of pollinators.

Art activities may include; clay modeling with natural materials, observational drawing with chalks and charcoal.

Identifying common species, nesting and migration, observing and mapping habitats.

Art activities may include; collage, 3D construction, weaving, drawing and painting with feathers.

Investigating the intertidal zone, seaweeds and their uses, identifying marine life.

Art activities may include; seashore journals, clay modeling, paper marbling with seaweed.

What makes your locality unique? Working with OS maps we will identify geographical features and learn about the human and natural history of place.

Art activities may include; drawing and painting maps, 3D maps, journey sticks and journal making.

Virtual school visits

Karen offers two virtual workshops: 1)Exploring Biodiversity in a 2m Radius in the Garden using Art; 2) Exploring the Biodiversity of the Seashore using Art

How to investigate the variety of plants and animals on your doorstep and use art to record your discoveries

Classes: 3rd to 6th

Materials:

The art materials needed will be basic and found in general school supplies.

Session 1 (pre-recorded, 15 mins)

A video introducing the children and teacher to the variety of plants and animals that Karen discovered in a 2m radius in her back garden followed by a look at the artwork Karen made to help study and learn about the biodiversity she found.

The class will be shown how to measure out and focus attention on a small outdoor area, either in the school grounds or at home and be given some fun and imaginative art ideas for recording what they find.

Session 2 (live, up to 1 hour)

The live virtual visit will give the children an opportunity to ask questions, share their discoveries and be guided through an art activity linked to the Visual Arts curriculum with a choice of clay work or journal making/drawing

Worksheets & teacher's notes:

Notes for teachers will be provided with information on the plants and animals covered in the video and supporting guidelines for the chosen art activity.

Other:

The workshop will link to the SESE Science curriculum (Living Things) allowing opportunities for investigation, exploration and developing skills in observation and recording to gain an understanding of plants and animals and how they depend on one another.

It will develop appreciation and respect for the environment in line with the SPHE curriculum (Developing Citizenship strand).

The children will also gain a sense of curiosity and interest in nature and learn about their local environment through the accessible and inclusive medium of art.

Classes: 2nd to 6th

Materials:

The art materials needed will be basic and found in general school supplies.

Session 1 (pre-recorded, 15 mins):

The introductory video will bring the children to the seashore and introduce them to a variety of birds, animals and plants that live there and how they are adapted to their habitat. It will inspire them with ideas for using art to learn about nature. After watching the video the children will choose one of the plants or animals they wish to research and become an 'expert' on their chosen creature using a creative template provided.

Session 2 (live, up to 1 hour)

The live virtual visit will give the children an opportunity to ask questions about Karen's artwork and the seashore life they have learned about.They will get an opportunity to share their discoveries and be guided through an art activity (linked to the Visual Arts curriculum) using observational drawing games and collage to celebrate their learning.

Worksheets & teacher's notes:

Notes for teachers will be provided with information on the plants and animals covered in the video and supporting guidelines for the chosen art activity.

Other:

The workshop will link to the SESE Science curriculum (Living Things) developing skills in observation and recording to gain an understanding of plants and animals and observe and explore some ways in which their behaviour is adapted to environmental conditions

It will develop appreciation and respect for the environment in line with the SPHE curriculum (Developing Citizenship strand).

The children will primarily gain a sense of curiosity and interest in nature and learn about the seashore through the accessible and inclusive medium of art.

Testimonials

  • "This was our second virtual visit from Karen. The lesson was expertly delivered, from planning videos and notes as well as Karen's ability to engage the children in the lesson. We look forward to future lessons from Karen." - Scoil Íosagáin, Donegal
  • "Brilliant job, Karen was extremely well prepared, expertly delivered, the pupils were engaged throughout... inspired us to leave the classroom once it was finished and start exploring our environment." - Saint Hugh's NS
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  • "Very enjoyable visit, very informative interesting video" - ARdkeeran NS, Sligo
  • "We have 5 visits planned altogether, have had 3 so far and they have been amazing!"
  • "Excellent workshop with Karen. Well planned and organised. Interesting and informative. The children loved it."
  • "Really great day. Very interactive and environmentally based. Integrated artwork into the day as well."
  • "We were impressed with the amount of work produced by the children - art work in particular."
  • "The children thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and make and do session given by Karen. They produced great nests and each one was different." - Rockfield Ns, Coolaney Co. Sligo
  • "An excellent, practical and enjoyable morning spent with Karen. The kids really enjoyed it!"
  • "Karen was fabulous. The children not only enjoyed the experience but learnt so much about their local community from the lesson." - Scoil Naomh Éanna, CarrAroe, Sligo
  • "Karen's visit was thoroughly enjoyable and educational. Her level of knowledge on nature (in particular leaves, berries and seeds) is incredible. She enabled the children to take a deeper look at the world around them and in doing so they engaged fully with the content. They created beautiful pieces of art work on the day covering different strands of the Visual Arts curriculum. Pupils were also able to discuss and identify various leaves and their seeds. It was a wonderful experience of all school members." - Anon.
  • "Karen Facilitated workshops with each class over a number of days. She was very well informed and worked exceptionally well with children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. Karen included the use of poems and stories of the local area as well as lots of knowledge about the natural environment. It has been an overwhelmingly positive expereince for our school." - Scoil Naomh Éanna, Carraroe, Sligo
  • "An excellent virtual workshop! We have completed other online workshops, however this one was far more interactive and inclusive for all children!" - Anon.
  • "Karen explained every thing really well. The attention to detail was excellent. It was fun and entertaining and we learned a lot of new stuff. (Testimony of the children)." - Scoil Íosagáin
  • "Karen was really lovely and it encouraged us as a class to go outside to visit the local woodlands." - Anon.
  • "Karen prepared a great video & notes, liaised well with teacher-coordinator, engaged well with pupils." - Doora NS, Clare
  • "This is our second time working with Karen. I really like the cross-curricular approach she takes, covering art, science, local history and geography and so on." - Scoil Iognáid de Rís, Kilkenny
  • "The children found the workshop with Karen very enjoyable and loved learning about biodiversity with the fun and interactive activities showed by Karen." - Largy NS, Leitrim
  • "The children thoroughly enjoyed our virtual visit with Karen. The content sent beforehand was engaging and child friendly. Karen had an excellent manner with the children." - Scoil Aonghusa CNS, Cork

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Provides virtual visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/ hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

Mobile:
086 890 2970
Email:
karenwebster.art@gmail.com