Down to detail

Written by: Jenni Clarke
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Using magnification to observe tiny objects or discover the patterns in larger ones is a fascinating occupation. Use this as a springboard to create miniature artworks which reflect the natural world.



  • Hand held magnifying glasses
  • Desk magnifier on a stand with or without an integral light
  • A digital microscope – simple handheld ones will magnify up to 54 times and are not expensive and do not use slides.
  • Magnified lids on specimen pots

In creating art children will focus and concentrate more on what they are observing while learning about nature and the world through their play and exploration.

The following ideas may follow on from observing some of the children looking at objects in detail, perhaps talking about patterns they see on a leaf or on fabric.

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