Our previous post featured just four of the wonderful creatures at Melbourne Aquarium so today I thought I’d add some more but show them from different angles. Our Grade 5 and 6 students found that by observing the photographs closely they were able to add the right number of gills to their sharks and the numerous fins in the right places. Having such detailed photographs to draw inspiration from added to the quality of our work . After watching Plasticene artist Barbara Reid talk about how she uses the Internet and books to research the features of the animals before sketching her picture book pages we aim to use photographs more often.
Last Sunday we took our Rotary Youth Exchange students to the Melbourne Aquarium to see our wonderful aquatic wildlife up close. I showed the best sixty eight animal portraits to my classes and have chosen four to share with our wider audience. The photos have already begun many discussions and inspired some great drawings so I look forward to visiting more of our Zoos and Wildlife Parks over the next few months.