Amber & Turquoise Class
This week our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists built nests! We talked about the purpose of nests and what they need to be able to provide for the eggs and the young birds. We discussed the properties of various materials, choosing hard, spiky materials for the outside of the nests for protection, and soft, warm materials for the interior. Our eggs looked very cosy!
Magenta & Violet Class
Our year 3 and 4 artists investigated Cubism this week. We looked at examples of portraits by Pablo Picasso, noting his use of bright colours and how the features are often distorted. We collected together drawings of eyes, noses and mouths taken from some of Picasso’s paintings, then chose our favourites to assemble into a portrait of our own. We added colour using oil pastel and wax crayon.
This week our year 5 and 6 class investigated the collage work of Henri Matisse (see examples). Matisse was a prolific painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor, turning to his ‘cut-out’ technique later in life when age and mobility affected him. We learned about his process of cutting shapes from paper which had been painted with gouache by his studio assistants, and talked about the organic and geometric shapes we could see. We spent time preparing our own coloured papers, painting them with gouache and watercolour paint. We added some patterns and textures to our papers too.
Unfortunately Ellie forgot to take any photos as we were so engrossed in the task! We’ll get some next week 🙂