Twelve boys from years 3 and 4 are creating characters for a new writing project that will run between now and Christmas. We have been looking at the use of shapes when creating characters, how to draw facial expressions, building fortresses and creating Fact File booklets for each character. Through a rich variety of making and visual investigation, the children will explore mapmaking, book making and storytelling as their characters develop and embark on their adventures.
Year 1 invited me on their trip to the Millenium and Graves Art Galleries in Sheffield. It was the first time some of us had been in an art gallery, and the children had lots of great questions about the things they saw. We also went to the Winter Gardens to make observational drawings of the plant life there. We carefully recorded all the different shapes of the flowers and leaves we found.
Foundation children came to Artspace to be let loose on large sheets of paper taped to the floor. The furniture was moved out the way to encourage children to lie down on their bellies whilst they worked. They each were given a chunky graphite stick and told they could use the paper as they wished. The children talked constantly whilst markmaking, telling detailed stories about what was happening in their drawings. Eventually,with some modelling from me, they all tuned in to drawing big, repetitive circles; great for developing gross motor skills.
Spring 2018 Turning10
Pupils in Year 5 are taking part in an exciting collaboration with Watercliffe Meadow school. In Turning 10 we have used P4C, (philosophy for children) film and photography to explore issues around identity and our place in the world, both now and in the future. The children chose six objects to represent different aspects of their lives; place, family ,experiences, daily life, hobbies, interests and food.These images show the children giving great thought to arranging their objects to create photographic 'object portraits', raising questions about what assumptions we make about other people, and what can we learn about a person through studying objects?
Foundation children are working with Jayne in Artspace developing their gross motor skills through making large scale collaborative paintings. The paper has been taped to the wall a bit too high deliberately, so that the children have to stretch to make marks, and therefore develop muscles in their upper arms and shoulders. As you can see, quite a bit of paint went on the actual wall, so we may have to do a bit of decorating at the end of the project! Maybe the children could do that too....