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.
Last half term, year 5 worked alongside our fantastic local potter: Andrew Macdermott. As part of their on-going learning about natural disasters, Andy worked with the children to create clay 2D/semi 3D interpretations of 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa' by Hokusai. Each piece was hand-formed with clay and glazed by the children with various blues, greys and whites to capture their own unique version of the Wave Painting. They even had time to make small erupting volcanoes.
Year 2 went on a fantastic trip to the Zip Yard Milton Keynes this week! The trip was to celebrate not just having one winner but 2 winners from the design a bunny outfit competition. The winners Harlie and Aaron, got to take the whole class to the Zip Yard to see their designs being made. The Zip Yard showed the children how to sew together the outfits and got to help dress the winning bunnies. Everyone was impressed by how well they had transformed the designs into real life.
After the children were treated to a surprise visit from Bobby the Intu frog. They loved meeting Bobby and got to have their picture taken. The children were finally treated to a goody bag to take home. Everybody enjoyed watching the outfits being created and meeting Princess Neon (Harlie's Rabbit) and Aaron Junior (Aaron's Rabbit).
Over the past couple of weeks, year 6 have been exploring the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We have been unpicking different pieces and exploring how Andy Goldsworthy makes his artwork. Due to Andy's work being created by natural materials, we have also been focusing on nature and our environment. Last week we practiced our observational sketching, looking at different natural materials such as leaves, sticks etc. This week we created our own Andy Goldsworthy pieces using natural materials we found in the school grounds. They look fantastic!
Year 5 have been looking at toys in Design Technology. They have spent time exploring cam toys and creating small prototypes to explore how different cams move. They have worked extremely hard in designing their very own cam toy, looking closely at the movement they wanted their toy to have. We had many different designs such as: underwater, football matches, space rockets and flamingos!
The children have worked hard over the past few weeks creating their designs using shoe boxes. They created their own movable pieces and built the cam mechanism underneath. Year 5 created fantastic toys, well done!
We were so excited to welcome back Andy and to look at what had happened to our pottery since the last time we had seen it and since it has been in the kiln.
Our creations are amazing! This afternoon we looked at Egyptian colours and decorations and then painted our canopic jars. One more trip to the kiln and they will be ready!
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Year 6 have been looking at Stuart style buildings as part of their topic this term. We have been unpicking the features and comparing them to buildings we see today.
We then explored different clay techniques and put these into practice by creating the front view of a Stuart house. After letting them dry, we added paint to show the colours typical of the era.
Some children even challenged further themselves by painting a separate picture of a Stuart house in their sketchbooks.
Year 5 have had an amazing few weeks creating their own Zoetrope's! What is a Zoetrope? It's a Victorian toy that spins around showing pictures as if they were moving much like a flip book. Year 5 have made their Zoetrope's from scratch using a variety of processes.
They designed their own moving picture to go inside and when they were finally finished, they gave them a spin! Check out their amazing creations below.
If you would like to make your own at home, click here to watch a great video with step by step instructions.
This half term year 3 have the amazing opportunity to work with Andy our pottery expert! They will be making their own Canopic Jars similar to those made in Ancient Egyptian times (but don't worry no organs will be going in them!).
This week was Chestnut's class' turn and we loved it! We learnt the best way to make our jars and produced some amazing pieces. We can't wait to paint them in 2 weeks time.
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