This week in pottery we have continued our learning by practising the skills we gained last week, particularly on the potter’s wheel. All the children had another go at making a pot, bowl or vase on the wheel, showing notable improvement in the symmetry and balance of the pieces. Well done to all the budding potters! Andy also talked us through how to ‘aqua plane’ the created piece off the wheel by wetting it in such a way that water gets underneath it and so can easily be slid off without causing damage. He also talked us through how to make a door sign using different shaped cutters and tools to get the overall look we were aiming for. We had some good house number and ‘Welcome/Home Sweet Home’ signs created. Andy also talked us through how he uses a particular drainage system from the sinks and potter’s wheels to prevent the water/drainage pipes getting clogged with clay. Another awesome session that every single child thoroughly enjoyed. Can’t wait til next week!
Today we have been learning how to make catapults using lolly sticks and elastic bands. After making sure we had all the resources we needed, and reading the instructions of course, we made a start. The first catapult was a dream to make and could be assembled quickly by all the children and worked a treat. The ping pong ball projectiles could easily be catapulted across the room. I’m not sure many ended up in the targets however! Full of inflated confidence in my newly acquired assembly skills, some of us decided to tackle the more tricky catapult. As it turns out, it wasn’t long before I needed to enlist the help of a passing Year 6. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to finish, but hey there’s always next week to try again!
We had another fantastic two afternoons taking part in the textile project. Year 2 were printing using stamps and made different patterns on fabric. Jane Charles will be stitching the pieces of material together to make a large quilt with other pieces from all over the Great Linford community. We are looking forward to seeing the end result!
Year 1 had a fantastic afternoon working with local textile artist Jane Charles! We are taking part in a community art project linking local people together. All the children created their own tree print on fabric using different stamps and textures. Using different colours, year 1 built up their trees and created some fantastic pieces!
Today Jane will be working with year 2 to create patterns.
What a brilliant start to our pottery journey, all the children had an amazing first week! The children all made an owl piece of pottery and had a go at making a bowl on the potter’s wheel. Andy started by showing us how to make a ‘pinch pot’, which is a small bowl shape made by pinching the thumb and fingers into the clay to mould out the bowl shape. We then put together 2 similar sized pinch pots to make a hollow sphere. This is because solid lumps of clay that are too big, cannot go into the kiln. This sphere made the body of our owls.The children then added facial features and wings using their hands to mould smaller bits of clay into the correct shapes. Some children chose to roll out the clay flat, and cut the shapes out from there instead. We could then use tools such as trimming knives (plastic) and even things like toothbrushes to add detail and texture to our owls. This was very effective for detailing feathers and eyes. Andy then showed us how to use the potter’s wheel, how to control the speed with the pedal and how to hold our hands in order to shape the clay in different ways. Once shown and after having a practice, the children then helped each other by making sure enough water was being used and the wheel was going at the correct speed for the task. When asked to rate the afternoon from 1-5 they all said 5! We are looking forward to going again next week. One child even had some tears of joy, as she had enjoyed it so much.
Year 6 have been creating some fantastic wire sculptures. The children have been exploring different wire tools and how they can manipulate the wire in different ways. Using the tools, the children have created flowers using the various types of wire. Next week we will begin constructing our wire sculptures of Darwin's finches.
A competition, which was run by the Parish Council for schools in our local area, was entered into by our Year 3 children this year. The competition was to design a poster to encourage people not to litter. A huge congratulations to Sofia who came 2nd out of all the children in all the schools that entered! Copies of all her poster will be produced on recycled plastic and put up in the local area.
Last term, year 6 looked at Anglo Saxon brooches and explored different patterns they could see. They created their own designs based around examples they looked at, also taking inspired from our focus artist Andy Goldsworthy. After creating their designs, the children used clay and clay tools to make their brooch. To add colour to their brooches, they used acrylic paint and focused on using small, accurate brushstrokes. Finally, we added a brooch catch onto the back so that they could be worn. They look fantastic, well done year 6!
Today year 5 started their new art topic looking at colour! We explored the different types of colours on the colour wheel such as primary, secondary and tertiary. We then explored what a complementary was and how to find them on the colour wheel. Everybody practiced their mixing skills when Miss Scoggins challenged them to make their own colour wheel only using the primary colours!
Over the next weeks, we will be exploring how artists use different colours and begin looking at George Seurat. We will be taking a particular interest in pointillism.