Welcome to the first art challenge of 2016!
This week’s challenge is to produce a work of art using the theme ‘Hibernation’. You can produce your work using any form of art or crafting. You could try painting, drawing, pottery, photography, writing, poetry, singing, sewing, knitting, gardening, dancing or even cooking. You can really go wild with your ideas!
You have until Friday the 8th of January to complete your work and to upload it to our Facebook group, but please remember to add a name/nickname and age to your work.
Before you get started, you’ll find some information below about hibernation and some inspiration to help get your imaginations working.
‘Hibernation is a state of inactivity and metabolic depression in endotherms. Hibernation refers to a season of heterothermy that is characterized by low body temperature, slow breathing and heart rate, and low metabolic rate.
Some animals hibernate over the winter, going into a very deep sleep. Hibernating animals usually retreat to a den, a burrow, or a hollow log for protection and shelter. During “true hibernation“, the animal’s body temperature drops, and its rate of breathing slows down.’ ~ Google (23 Dec 2002)
Videos About Hibernation
BBC Bitesize – How the changing seasons affect hedgehogs
A Dormouse Painted onto a Pebble
Dormouse art print by FiammettaDogi
Snail Art – Source: Makeandtakes.com
A great Page Offering Info About Animals That Hibernate
Ladybird Cupcake Recipe Source :goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/471607/ladybird-cupcakes
Poetry and Writing Ideas
Write and Acrostic poem about Hibernation. Here’s an example by Elaine Magliaro:-
How long have
I slept? How long has it
Been since I’ve
Eaten? I hear the river running again. I must
Rouse my cubs from their slumber
Now…open their eyes to the wonders of spring,
Awaken them to a new life. It is
Time to take my children out
Into the sunlight,
Out into a brighter world they’ve
Write a story about an animal who went to sleep in winter, but when he woke up, he realised he was in a magical world.
Write about what you think hibernation might feel like and how you would prepare your home for winter. What type of food would you eat? Where kind of home would you have? What animal would you be? What country would you live in?
You could go on a wintry adventure in the woods or your garden to find some evidence of hibernation. Look for dens, holes in the soil, caves, holes in tree trunks, animal tracks, nests, and underneath rocks or bricks. See if you can spot any animals or bugs hibernating and take a photograph of them without disturbing them.
We look forward to seeing what you can do!