The sinking of the famous ship the Titanic on April 14, 1910, after hitting an iceberg in the mid-Atlantic has been the theme of books, films and documentaries. It is also taught in schools in history so that the story will never be forgotten. Yet, the theme can also spill over into a series of creative arts projects.
A Wall Mural
Lead the class in creating a wall mural. Recreate a scene of the ship's journey from the Southampton docks to the icebergs in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, where the Titanic can be seen sinking. Use coloured sugar paper to create a paper collage style mural. Then get each child to paint in the fine details, such as the ship's name, portholes, people waving goodbye and even dolphins swimming alongside.
Instruct a child to draw a porthole or a series of portholes in a row. In each porthole, she can draw a scene of what she thinks might be going on aboard the ship. This drawing task will encourage her to stretch her imagination and to visualise history through her own porthole. After she has drawn her picture, she can colour it in with coloured pencils to bring it to life. Hang her work on the wall along with the artistic efforts of her peers.
Split the class into small groups of about six students each. Ask each group to write down an idea for a short 3-minute animation based on the story of the Titanic. Four children in the group should generate characters and animated scenes on paper by either drawing or using paper collage. Two children in each group are then responsible for filming each frame and creating the stop motion animation using a simple computer animation program.
Make a papier-mâché sculpture of the Titanic. Use cardboard, toilet paper roll tubes and plain paper to create the sculpture. This would be a fun project for the whole class to get involved in. Once the sculpture has dried, the ship's detail can be drawn in with pencil. Paint it to make it look just like the shiny Titanic. It could be displayed in a school display cabinet.