Our latest focus after reading The Fisherman and the Theefyspray by Paul Jennings and illustrated by Jane Tanner is to create their own 3D model from which they will then draw top, side, front and other views. This is what the illustrator, Jane Tanner, had to say about the process she went through when she read the text and produced the illustrations.
"This poignant story about loss and personal responsibility by my friend Paul Jennings was very challenging as I needed to invent a fish that was ancient and amazing...one that had never be seen.I used lots of blue to emphasise the sad mood.The humped over body language of the sea creature when you first meet her continues this mood.
The Theefyspray model was made from clay and cartridge paper.I kept the clay wet so I could change its position... I could hold it in my hand and draw it from different perspectives: above, underneath, the back and front. The colours were imagined and Paul wanted them to be very bright although I’d have preferred to draw the creature in glowing white. Part of the compromise needed when working in a team.
The fisherman was drawn from photos of my father.
We had so much fun as he tried to act naturally for the camera.
I used more paint than usual to keep the watery effect."
We then brainstormed different way students could construct their own imaginative model of this majestic fish. I have a few materials but am encouraging students to field a few of their own. We discussed the challenge together and I made some notes on the whiteboard and modelled a few techniques which could be used. I have a small amount of clay, Plasticine and some felt available in the classroom.
We discussed the message in the book and also the illustrations and looked at the figurative language employed by Paul Jennings. This book really got the students thinking about preserving what is special in our world and helped them think about the integrity shown by the fisherman. Students will be making a documentary on how they designed and made their Theefysprays.
Our brainstorm session:
Theefyspray: Ideas for models
balloons, papier mache (takes a while to dry) Thereare quite a few recipes available on the internet.
wire sculptures (I have safety goggles if any student needs to borrow some).
electronic kit light emitting diodes
clay - hollow it out
built up collage
litho/pastels/shape of the fish/cut out the two shapes, staple...stuff with smaller scrunched paper...stuff some more until closed up. (Technique demonstrated for students).
tin foil models (We viewed some websites).
|Lego model by JS|
|Yummy cake by JH|
|Felt Theefyspray by AE|
|Papier mache model by GL|
|Two layered Theefyspray painting by H|
|Delcious Theefyspray cake by AL|
|Innovative Loom Band Theefyspray by JHG|
We have a small amount of clay left over from last year, so some students will get the opportunity to design and craft a Theefyspray in clay which will then be baked in the school kiln. They will then be painted and lacquered.
Claywork inspired by The Fisherman and the Theefyspray
Students have also written a response to the book. This will be published and displayed in the room early next week (September, Tuesday 8th). Here a few examples:
Theefyspray Book Response
I think that this is a beautiful book about two wonderful little fish. The book is a very inspiring, heart-warming, positive book that everyone should read.
The story starts off in the dark, gloomy blue sea that represents sadness and loneliness. But as the story goes on the shades brighten to adjust to the mood of the creatures. The mother is very protective of her baby and always loves to see her little one happy and swimming around. When the fisherman captures the little Theefyspray and pulls it aboard he realises when the colours start to fade off the little Theefysprays scales he should place it back where it belongs, and he showed great integrity when he placed it back into the water.
This beautiful book was written by Paul Jennings.
By CS Grade 6
Theefyspray Book Response
The Fisherman and the Theefyspray is a very inspiring and poignant book with a meaningful moral of separation, compassion and survival.
The story begins as a dark, gloomy blue shade; representing sadness and loneliness then as the story progresses as the one Theefyspray discovers she has offspring. They have a close connection with each other and with their natural surroundings. The colours used by the illustrator brighten to adjust to the mood of happiness and hope. As the fisherman captures what he thinks is the only fish of its kind, he discovers the mothers magnificent colours and shades as she leaps clear out of the waves to save her only child and companion. The Theefysprays colours start to fade after being pulled aboard the boat and the fisherman realises the changed Theefysprays scales, the connection and the relation between the two fish, he shows great integrity as he places the Theefyspray back into his world, a world of wonder, his home.
By SG (grade 6)
Book Response – August 2015
The Fisherman and the Theefyspray is a heart-warming book about separation, compassion and survival. An old man is out fishing and catches a rare fish called the Theefyspray and there are only two left on the planet. The colour blue represents the sadness you experience throughout the story. When Mrs Coote read the book I felt like I was going to cry. The story has an optimistic ending and the reader is left feeling hopeful for the survival of the species.
By JS (Grade 5)