Last Monday saw the beginning of the 4th annual Kings’ Forest Arts Week. This year’s theme was Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and it all started with a bang as Bristol based recycling artists LitterARTI treated the whole school to an interactive, musical assembly. The children loved hearing instruments made from bicycle wheels and disused ironing boards and playing drums made from old water containers. The staff had a go as well, showing everyone that they also ‘like to move it, move it!’
Later on Monday morning, the LitterARTI then worked with Year 3 and Year 6 to create musical instruments for use in our Pop-Up Orchestra: a 60-children-strong band who make music using instruments made from scrap, junk and waste materials! They also made some wonderful sculptures of woodpeckers and bats with those classes.
Mrs. Hatton worked with every class in the school during Arts Week to make a scrap and junk collage of the school logo. It looks suitably glamorous, despite being made of old crisp packets, Easter egg wrappers and buttons!
During the afternoons, children formed mixed-age groups to create performance pieces including: dance; drama; music; and singing. The performances were all filmed by Jesse Webb so that children and parents could get a taste of the action when they watched the film as part of the exhibition on Friday.
In addition to all of that:
YR – Fox and Owl Classes made brilliant collages of their class animals, using torn up pages from magazines, buttons and other materials.
Y1 – Resident artist Matt Jeanes collaborated with Year 1 to build and decorate two fantastic rockets. Year 1 also created some beautiful prints from their own printing blocks.
Y2 – Art teacher and sculptor Vernon Jones teamed up with Year 2 to construct giant, 3D sculptures of their class animals – they look fabulous!
Y3 – Steve the Bat is set to become a school legend, such is the wonder he inspires in his observers, young and old. Deer class also cerated a doe made from cardboard and scavenged branches.
Y4’s section of the exhibition took us on a trip to ancient Egypt, with two huge, magnificent sarcophagi, made entirely of recycled materials, Year 4 also created their class animals (moles and buzzards) out of household waste.
Y5 – Resident artist Matt Jeanes dropped by Year 5 to lend an expert hand with their creation of an amazing full-size armchair and side table, complete with pet dog!
Y6 – Year 6 explored block printing this week, taking inspiration from Victorian textile designer William Morris to create multi-layered images of the natural world. Badger Class all went on a learning walk on Wednesday, photographing and collecting litter around the school. They then created anti-litter posters from the photos that they took. Both classes recycled dried up felt-tips to create ‘spray paint’ and unused SATs papers to make origami flowers.
Hare Class worked with Mr. Jones and Mrs. Pitt to make some amazing clay tiles for the school. They really honed their skills to produce work of the highest quality – well done Hare Class!
Overall, Arts Week 2017 has been a fantastic success. Thank you to everyone who collected materials, brought their creative energy along and tried something new. Suggestions for next year’s theme on a postcard please!…