Amber & Turquoise Class
This week our reception, year 1 and year 2 classes investigated the work of Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miró (see examples below). We discussed the composition of Miró’s abstract paintings, thinking about how artists choose where to place objects in an image in relation to each other. We played a game to familiarise ourselves with different lines and shapes used by Miró, then put them together on our paper using marker pens. We thought carefully about where each shape should go and how big it should be. We added some colours to our designs, using red, yellow, green and blue to match Miró’s paintings.
Magenta & Violet Class
Our year 3 and 4 artists thought about composition too. We worked on an exercise that challenges our creative thinking and problem solving skills. Each of us wrote down 20 objects that we wanted to include in our compositions, then took turns drawing a number from a hat. For each number we added the corresponding object to our drawing using our chosen medium. The challenge was to add each new object in a way that worked with the previous ones- we had to take into account size, position and how it would relate to the previous objects. The more rounds we did, the trickier it was as our paper was getting very full! We ended up with some very interesting compositions.
Our year 5 and 6 artists experimented with the concept of doodling to create ideas, using mixed media. We worked with various media to create ‘prompt pages’ in mini sketch books, using collage, ink, pastel, pencil and watercolour to produce abstract backgrounds. We then listened to different pieces of music while allowing ourselves to doodle without having too much of an aim in mind- we drew inspiration from the music and from the backgrounds we’d created. After each piece of music we swapped to a different medium. We ended up with some really creative pages which suggested ideas for further illustrations.