Welcome to our new Art Room page!
It’s already been a busy term… we’ve got all sorts of projects underway! Our nursery and reception classes have been looking at different types of puppets and making their own. Apple class’s finger puppets were great fun to make and a great way to get the children involved in telling their own stories. Beech and Palm have been creating puppets linked to their topic of Traditional Tales and we’ve have all sorts of gingerbread men being chased by all sorts of different animals!!
Year 1 are about to make their own hand puppets that they will be designing and sewing themselves…watch this space for the results. Maple and Gingko, our two year 2 classes have been studying the French painter Henri Rousseau. They learnt about his life and how, despite not having any formal art lessons and many critics, he persevered and became the wonderful artist that he was. Like Rousseau himself the pupils then used a range of houseplants as inspiration for their jungle pictures. They are currently drawing their own jungle animals which they are going to transfer to fabric before adding to their jungle picture! Sound exciting? Wait till you see their results!!
Year 3 are currently making their own animal sculptures using recycled materials. Working in small groups they have come up with some brilliant ideas and the animals will be making an appearance around the school soon. Our Year 4 classes, Hazel and Sycamore have been looking at the wonderful American painter Laurel Burch whose colourful, patterned paintings have inspired so many other young artists. Each pupils is creating their own Burch inspired artwork using a range of different media’s – the finished work are guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.
Up in year 5 the pupils of Cherry and Oak class have been having fun with chalk and charcoal. Using both materials they drew wonderful polar bears – each with its own character shining through! Next they used the same two materials to create two very different pictures. Using the pictures of The Highwayman, drawn by Charles Keeping, as inspiration they drew the same pictures twice – once on black paper using white chalk and again on white paper using charcoal. When placed side by side the effect is very striking.
As part of their work on the Victorians, year 6 have been looking at the work of William Morris. After carrying out some research into his life they looked at many examples of his patterned work before selecting a motif (single image) from one which they then used to help them create a reverse symmetry pattern. They will then be going on to create their own printing plate using their design and printing their own artworks. This work will no doubt be helped by their forthcoming visit to the William Morris Gallery in March