This week Amber class worked with one of our Bronze Arts Award students, Lottie, who is in year 8. Part of the Arts Award structure requires students to share their skills with others, and Lottie chose to lead a workshop with a younger class. She prepared a lesson plan for teaching Amber class how to produce a colourful background using bubble wrap printing, and linked her teaching to the class’s previous work on mark making and colour mixing. The class then designed their own fish which will be added to the printed background.
Amber class really enjoyed the session and gave Lottie some great feedback for her Arts Award log book!
Our other reception, year 1 and year 2 class developed their colour mixing skills this week. We identified primary and secondary colours, mixing our own secondary colours in our palettes before recording the colour wheel in our sketchbooks. We painted pictures of lollies showing which primary colours are needed to make each secondary colour, aiming to achieve an even, smooth finish with our brushes. We chose a coloured background to mount our lolly paintings. The results were very colourful!
Magenta & Violet Class
Our year 3 and 4 artists continued their investigation into the work of Vincent Van Gogh. We discussed ‘The Starry Night’, commenting on the different kinds of mark making we could find within the painting. We learnt how to change the tone of a colour by adding different amounts of white, and practised painting Van Gogh style stars in our sketchbooks. We then worked in pairs to create a large starry sky painting.
Our year 5 and 6 artists discussed the work of Fridensreich Hundertwasser, an Austrian-born New Zealand artist and architect (see examples below). We identified a range of elements which appear frequently in his abstract landscapes, such as lollipop-shaped trees, contour lines, rows of houses and hidden faces, and sketched them in our books. We then put the elements together to form a composition, which we drew out in marker pen onto mountboard. We will be continuing with our Hundertwasser-inspired artwork another week!