Bronze Arts Award- Week 6

Indigo class finished off their Alberto Giacometti-inspired figure sculptures this week. We’ve now completed Part A of the Bronze Arts Award! After half term we’ll be moving on to part B, which involves participating in different arts events and reflecting on the experiences we have. 

Term 5 Week 6

Maroon, Amber & Turquoise Class

We’ve been investigating the work of British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy this week. We watched a video showing examples of his work using natural materials and discussed our favourite pieces. We noticed that there were recurring themes in his art- we spotted that he really likes to make circles and spirals!

We then went outside and used different materials to form sculptures in a natural environment, in response to Goldsworthy’s work. We made some circles and spirals, and came up with some brilliant designs of our own!

Magenta & Violet Class

We were looking at Andy Goldsworthy’s work too. We discussed the different natural materials that he uses, and looked in particular at the way he places different elements very precisely to form the shape he is creating. We used Goldsworthy’s work as inspiration for some weaving using organic materials. The final results were really effective!

Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists worked with Plaster of Paris this week. We formed a wide, shallow coil pot using clay, then chose different natural materials to press into it. We mixed up some Plaster of Paris and poured it into the clay moulds before leaving it to set. Once the plaster had hardened, we peeled away the clay and were left with wonderfully delicate, detailed relief images of the natural forms we had chosen.

We’ve had a lovely term working in sculpture- looking forward to seeing you all after half term when we’ll be focusing on drawing!

Bronze Arts Award- Week 5

Indigo class spent last week reflecting on their art work so far, and recording their progress in their log books. This week, we were back to getting stuck in with some more sculpting! We looked at examples of work by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, then recorded some different poses on paper using stick figures. We then recreated our chosen pose using lolly sticks and glue guns, before covering the figures with strips of Modroc.

Term 5 Week 5

Maroon, Amber & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists started by modelling their finished Matisse inspired bowls from last week’s session- several of the students decided they made excellent hats!

We then created some sculptures using food! We were given grapes, cheese cubes and cocktail sticks, and challenged to build various constructions. We made animals and vehicles, and then worked in pairs to see who could build the tallest tower!

Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 students continued with their clay masks from last week. We painted on our designs using acrylic paint, taking inspiration from the examples of Venetian and Day of the Dead masks we discussed last week. The results looked really effective!

 

Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 students completed their figure sculptures based on Alberto Giacometti’s work. We completed the Modroc layer, adding further details such as hair, facial features and clothing, then painted our models. Photos of the finished models will be added soon!

Term 5 Week 4

Maroon, Amber & Turquoise Class

This week our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists have been revisiting the work of Henri Matisse, building on our collage work from last term. This time, we looked in particular at ‘La Gerbe’ (see below). We talked again about Matisse’s use of organic shapes cut from paper, and used scissors to create some of our own. We arranged the shapes over a balloon, using cellulose adhesive to build up the layers. When they’ve completely dried we’ll remove the balloon and be left with a Matisse-inspired bowl sculpture!

‘La Gerbe’- Henri Matisse

http://art-matisse.com

Magenta & Violet Class

The year 3 and 4 artists worked with clay this week. We looked at examples of ancient Greek and Roman theatre masks (see photos), as well as more modern masks from Venice and Mexico. We are using these as inspiration for our own mask sculptures. We sketched out the proportions of a face in our sketchbooks, then started by creating a wide pinch pot, forming it into the shape of a face. We’ll be painting designs on to them one they’re fully dry.

Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 classes have been looking at the work of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti (see photos). We took turns to sketch our partners modeling different poses, using simple stick figures to emulate Giacometti’s elongated figures. We then used lolly sticks and glue guns to form our chosen poses, before starting to cover them in Modroc. We’ll continue with this stage next week.

 

Term 5 Week 3

Maroon, Amber & Turquoise Class

This week our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists learnt some clay modelling techniques! We practised rolling spheres and cylinders, then had a go at pinch pots and coil pots. We learnt how to join two pieces of clay together successfully, and how to apply water to avoid the clay cracking. We then used some of these skills to create a tortoise!

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Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists finished off their tissue paper lanterns this week! We were then challenged to create an abstract sculpture using only lolly sticks and glue guns. We made some amazing creations!

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Magenta

Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists were also busy with glue guns this week! Their challenge was to create a sculpture using only glue guns and crayons. The end results were really effective! We then practised some techniques for working with clay.

Term 5 Week 2

Maroon, Amber & Turquoise Class

This week, the reception, year 1 and year 2 classes investigated the work of British sculptor and textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood. We created a hanging sculpture in response to his work, using cool melt glue guns to fix lolly sticks together to form a design. We added patterns to the lolly sticks using pens, then wove lengths of wool through the structure. Our pieces were very effective!

Michael Brennand-Wood

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Turquoise

Magenta & Violet Class

The year 3 and 4 artists worked on their tissue paper lanterns. We peeled the now dry tissue paper and PVA layers from the backing plastic and bent it round to form a cylinder, using a glue gun to fix it in place. We experimented with different techniques for altering the appearance of the cylinder using a paper version, then set to work on our lanterns to add interesting details such as windows and crenellations. We put the finishing touches on using pearlescent acrylic paint.

Emerald Class

The year 5 and 6 artists continued with their willow weaving sculptures. We added wet strength tissue paper to the willow forms, using cellulose adhesive to fix it in place. We then added accents of coloured tissue paper to catch the light when they’re displayed. 

Bronze Arts Award- Week 1

Indigo class have started working towards their Bronze Arts Award! This is an accredited award endorsed by Trinity College, London, and is the equivalent of a D-G grade GCSE. The Bronze award is spit into four sections, the first of which involves having a go at different kinds of art. We’ll be trying out some sculpture projects over the course of the half term, and the students will be keeping a record in their log books.

This week, we talked through the arts logs to familiarise ourselves with the structure of the award. We then worked on creating a lantern using tissue paper. We layered the tissue paper up using plenty of PVA glue, adding wires to act as feet once the lanterns are dry. We also tried out some techniques to manipulate a cardboard cylinder, using scissors to add interesting details. We’ll use similar techniques on our lanterns.