What do you see in this painting? Does anything stand out to you? Do any of the colours remind you of something?
This painting is called Walking to the Sea . It was painted by William Crozier in 1989.
Now that you know the title of the painting - do the shapes and colours make more sense to you? Can you see the line where the sea meets the sky? There is a large yellow area that connects the person looking at the painting with the sea - could this be the sand?
The sky is made up of dark blues on the left of the painting and light pinks and blues on the right. Why do you think the artist did this? Could it be the morning time when the sun is rising, eating up the darkness? Or perhaps a storm is coming and the gloomy clouds will swallow up the light…
In our island of Ireland, we are very lucky to have so many beautiful beaches and soon we will be able to take trips to the coast again.
What is your favourite part of going to the beach? Is it burying your brother? Building a pit and watching unaware beach goers fall into it? Finding crabs and anemones in rock pools? Throwing lumps of seaweed into the water for your dog to catch?
Here are some beach facts which you can wow your friends with when we are all able to enjoy them again:
How important are sand dunes?
Sand dunes are created when the wind pulls sand into a hill-like shape. We need these dunes to protect our coast from wind and waves. They are important for coastal grasses and plants, as well as providing a safe haven for animals.
How old is sand?
Sand is, indeed, just a bunch of tiny rocks. It is also one phase of the endlessly churning rock cycle that has been shaping the surface of our earth for the last 4.5 billion years.
You probably do, in your kitchen pantry. Sand is defined as any material made up of grains within a specific size range. Sugar and salt typically qualify.
The next size up from sand grain is gravel.
Let’s fly a kite
Another thing beaches are great for is kite-flying. Here we will learn how to make a kite that you can fly anywhere with the help of a little breeze.
You will need:
Once all the glue is dry you can try out your kite!
Talking Pictures: 'Walking to the Sea' was devised by Annie Forrester
Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland
N.B. Last entry is 15 minutes before closing
Thursday until 8.00pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays
11.00 am – 4.00pm