Family Art and Friends
Merry Christmas from Family Art.... we're Iooking forward to more art adventures in 2024
Its Gruffalo time again! Throughout this term, children in FS2 have been building on their mark making skills using line, crosshatching, flicks and smudging. You can see these techniques used to great effect in these charcoal Gruffalo drawings, made in collaboration with their parents.
The children have been reading Cinderella in the classroom, talking about Ugly Sisters and imagining alternative types of transport to take Cinderalla home from the ball. In Family Art we built on these ideas by making little stage sets that open up like a book, displaying different characters, costumes, and props from the traditional tale.
Today our families made fantastic kites using willow twigs, wool , tape and bin-liners. We used lightweight materials to enable the kite to fly, and decorated the tails with colourful paper rectangles. Now all we need is a big gust of wind!
Autumn Term 2023 - A big welcome to all our new Family Artists from FS2!
Observing 'Painted Lady' butterflies that have recently emerged from their cocoons and recreating scenes from The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. A lovely way to end the school year ......
The School Garden
What a lovely time of year to take our sketchbooks outside. Lots is happening in our school garden, the poly-tunnel is super hot, but outside, where it is cooler we can look at plants closely and make observational drawings. We dissected the onion head, which Noah said smelt "100% onion" ! Today, I saw many parents take some time for themselves to enjoy drawing and painting in the sunshine, whilst the children played and watered the plants. When the grown ups make great work too , the children are so proud!
Today, in Family Art, we invited siblings, ranging from Year 1 to Year 6, to join in the session. Some siblings like to work together - some siblings don't! Today we revisited skills from a previous session, so that our foundation children could be the 'experts', and demonstrate to their older brothers and sisters the various making skills and attachment techniques required to make these paper flower gardens, inspired by the spotty sculpture of Japanese artist, Kusama. .
Foundation children are reading Yucky Worms, by Vivien French, and learning about the important jobs worms do in the soil. Worms eat organic waste, like dead leaves, and recycle the nutrients through their amazing poo, which keeps soil healthy and good for growing things. We focussed on printing in the first session, creating worm segments using chopped up sponges, and worm casts (the poo) by coiling up a pipe-cleaner. We continue to build on our skills for attaching materials, as you can see from these wonderful models , threading foamy bits onto bendy wire, and using packaging shreds to represent the organic waste in the soil.
Our Family Art community is expanding, with each child now choosing a friend to bring to the session, and work alongside themselves and their grown up. This week we have been drawing and designing suspension bridges, inspired by the book Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty. After talking about how suspension bridges are constructed, the children made pencil drawings first then created collages using mixed media - next, we will build a bridge in 3 dimensions!