On a very dreary day in November Miss Harper’s class came to Uncleby. Cath Inglis was already at the education centre ready to show the boys and girls how she uses pastels to paint pictures. She had chosen a poppy landscape. The children (and adults) watched very carefully as she produced a fantastic landscape painting. She showed the children how to use different techniques to produce different effects and how to bring light and shade into a picture. The children had lots of good questions for Cath. Some children were chosen to add objects to the picture like crows, a farmhouse, pigs and a farm track.
Then it was the children’s turn. They went outside onto the veranda and sketched an outline of the landscape that they could see, then they came back inside and used the pastels to add colour and details. Cath enjoyed looking at their efforts, she was very impressed.
Just before lunch Farmer Mike took the children to see the cows and calves in the barn. Again there were lots of good questions for Farmer Mike. He was pleased because they could remember some facts from when they had been to Uncleby previously.
After lunch everyone went on a walk in the countryside. It was a bit muddy in places and quite hard work walking up the steep hills. Callum said ” It’s an adventure!”
Miss Harper said ” Uncleby has excellent facilities in an outstanding setting”
Mrs Lane said ” Uncleby is a beautiful setting for the children to explore the countryside they live in and as a base for studying Art through the seasons.”