Class Three have been very busy designing and creating amazing clay tiles. The children looked at examples of tiles from the Roman period and used these as inspiration for their own designs. They then experimented with clay and learnt new techniques. They then utilised these skills when designing and making their final pieces. Here are a few!
Class 3 have been busy learning about block printing. We started the topic by looking at Roman mosaic tiles, focusing on the borders. We then practised designing our own borders and moved onto creating a central design. We drew this to scale and then transferred it to a Styrofoam block and used this to print. The results are bold and striking and will be on display in school.
Class 3 have been looking at the work of Julian Opie. He is a portrait artist with a unique style, using black lines and blocks of colour in his paintings. We have produced our own portraits, using his portraits as our inspiration. Have a look!
Class 4 have completed an exciting project inspired by mythical creatures when studying the Ancient Greeks last term.
We created studies of dragon eye details using ink pens, water colours and pencils. Carefully studying texture, shape, line, tone and pattern. This led on to creating a 3d eye in clay where we extended our skills using this media previously when we made our clay plaques for the celebration of the Queen’s jubilee last summer.
Class 2 have enjoyed developing their mark making skills using the media paint. They have learned about primary and secondary colours by producing a colour wheel and explored other artistic concepts such as shape and line. They have looked at work by the artist Wassily Kandinsky, and like the Russian painter, they have used music as a stimulus for their own artistic creations. Check out their exploration of colour, shape and pattern as well as how different genres of music have influenced the marks they made on the page.
Class 3 have been finding out what it would have been like to be one of the world’s first artists, painting on the walls of caves with natural materials and only their hands to create images.
Inspired by the work of our ancient ancestors, we travelled back in time to our cave – the school hall – where we worked collaboratively to create images of hands, animals and people.
It was very different to our usual experiences in art lessons. The large pieces of paper had been crinkled and squashed to replicate the uneven surface of a cave wall; they had been positioned vertically so that we could feel what it would have been like to try to paint on walls; and the hall was dimly lit to imitate the dim light in a cave.
Unlike our ancient predecessors, we were able to use graphite sticks, acrylic paints and pastels.
Class 3 have been exploring cave paintings in their sketch books in our recent art lessons.
We have been re-visiting our prior learning by recapping on primary and secondary colours and we have been finding out exactly how to make brown! Did you know that there are three formulas to make it accurately: it is not a case of just mixing as many colours as possible together!
We have been looking at all the different ways to describe and make the endless shades of brown that can be created using acrylic paints, watercolours, oil pastels and watercolours. As well as looking closely at the earthy tones made by natural materials used in ancient cave paintings found in France, Spain and Argentina that date back thousands of years.
Here we are at work in our classroom this week….
Art Club got off to a ‘monster’ of a start last week when we were able to let our imagination go wild creating creatures inspired by the characters in ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak.
We began with a collaborative activity where we drew a feature or body part and then passed our drawing on to the next person to add another detail. This included exaggerated heads, curly claws, horns, prickles, bristles and more. It was great fun.
Next, we went on to build our own imaginary creatures using graphite sticks and watercolours.
We have already started to celebrate our work in our Art Club Display board in school.
This week we are looking forward to exploring monoprinting techniques.
Picasso’s famous quote “Every child is an artist”, absolutely rings true in Class One! Reception have just completed their unit of work on self-portraits, drawing inspiration from Pablo Picasso and his cubism style of work. They began their learning by drawing a portrait of themselves from a photograph, before studying the work of Picasso and looking closely at some of his famous cubism portraits. They had a go at using facial features arranged differently on the page and then considering different angles and perspectives of themselves to create their masterpieces. I wonder if you can guess who is who?
In Class 2, we been continuing to develop our drawing skills. We have learnt that to be able to draw, we need to observe closely. This week we used magnifying glasses to observe produce of the land. This combined our RE learning about Harvest of the land and sea, with learning about observational drawing of natural materials in art.