Idea submitted by Jeremy
"Cut out 5-8cm squares of pictures from old magazines
(preferably ensuring the subject is not recognisable but that
you just have squares of colours). Stick one square onto a piece
of A4 sugar paper and tell the children to extend the square by
matching up the colours and (shapes) so that it is impossible
to see where the magazine ends and their work begins. As they
work out towards the edges of the sugar paper, the picture becomes
their own as they fade out/blend the original colours. Pastels
and paints are good media since colours can be mixed easily. It
also works particularly well if they mix the media - eg. start
around the square with one media before switching to another.
I have tried this activity with years 3 to 6 with good results."