Year 6 have enjoyed a brilliant Arts Week themed around article 30 from the rights of the child: you have the right to practise your own culture, language and religion – or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection of this right.
We began by exploring the word ‘culture’ and thought about what this meant to us. We discovered that we are all unique by studying our individual fingerprints. We used ink to stamp our print and then sketching and line drawing to upscale the images. Using string, we then created a representation of our fingerprint and around this, wrote everything that makes us unique.
We also thought about British culture – we came up with a range of ideas about what makes Britain, British and worked alongside Mr Jeanes to create representations of aspects of British culture such as rainy days, Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes. We had a plenty of different media to choose from and created our own individual piece; we couldn’t resist a sprinkle of glitter! We then collaborated to put this together in the shape of Great Britain. Some of us also explored Bristol culture and things individual to our wonderful city. Can you spot our wonderful school logo?
Finally, we explored the special protection of this right for minority and indigenous groups and looked closely at the beautiful cultures of the aboriginal people of Australia, we learned about famous Aboriginal artist Clifford Possum and recreated one of his striking spot paintings.
Even though we have had so many incredible learning experiences this term, our highlight was Arts Week. We used all prior knowledge on the Industrial Revolution to create glorious individual cityscapes using charcoal. We read a biography on L.S. Lowry, studying his life and works, before painting our own matchstick men scenes. Our teachers taught us about Fairtrade products and living conditions in Brazil. Using Google Earth, we visited favelas in Rio de Janeiro before creating a 3D model of our own favela. We are so proud of our art in Year 5 and cannot wait for Arts Week next year! But first…Term 4!
Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people. Year 4 have certainly embraced Arts Week with an excellent attitude!
On Monday, we introduced Article 29 and straight away were focusing on endangered animals. The children looked closely at either a sea turtle’s eye or a tiger’s eye and re-created it in clay. They practiced the skills of rolling and joining after sketching their animal’s eye. After the clay had dried, they painted their masterpieces.
Luckily, we had Mr Jeanes join us and used his expertise to help us re-create “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” and considered the change in our oceans from 1833 to now. Plastic pollution is such a worldwide problem that all the children represented with a before and now picture.
Focusing on the ‘living peacefully’ element of the article, collaboratively Year 4 created a world and placed their own individually designed doves around it.
Overall, Miss Blake and Miss Elliott have felt extremely proud of the children’s hard work and perseverance to create such brilliant pieces of artwork! Well done all.
What an excellent Arts Week Year 3 have had!
Throughout the week, Year 3 have engaged in a range of art linking to article 7 from the rights of the child: the right to a nationality (to belong to a country.) We started the week by looking at pop art. We looked at a range of pop art artists including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The children focused on Roy Lichtenstein’s pop art using words. Each child focused on the word ‘welcome’ but in different languages. The children used felt tip pens as well as paint and cotton buds to create different textures. The children then explored digital art on the iPads where they were able to change the colours and textures of their original images.
Our collaborative art piece was a collage of the union jack flag. The children drew pictures of things that they associate with Britain on red, blue and white card. The children then stuck their pictures onto a template of the union jack.
We have also been busy exploring stencil art. The children really enjoyed going outside where they threw powder paint around their stencil of the United Kingdom. The children then wrote words of things they associate with Britain on the inside of their stencil.
Year 3 have worked extremely hard this week and they have approached each activity with an excellent attitude. Well done!
Our right is article 15: The right to choose your friends and join groups as long as they are not harmful to others. We have talked about the importance of being kind to our friends and how we can be a good friend. We have been looking at a picture called ‘Friends under the rain’ by Leonid Afremov. We had great fun creating our back ground using tissue paper. We then created our two friends and umbrella using oil pastels and water colours.
Year 1 have loved expressing their creativity during Art Week!
Our artwork is focused around Article 24: Every child has the right to nutritious food and a clean and safe environment. We looked into how we need a balanced diet including food from all the food groups to be healthy. We learned about which foods are fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates, protein and dairy. The children have used tissue paper to make food items from these groups on a collage background.
We have also been very busy with papier-mâché! The children covered balloons to make the shape of a bowl, which they then decorated. The outside and inside of the bowls have been painted as different fruit, such as oranges and watermelons, that have been cut in half.
Our collaborative art piece was a giant fruit bowl complete with a range of giant fruit including apples, strawberries and grapes. Each item was made using papier-mâché and then painted to replicate that fruit.
Our focus has been around UNICEF Article 7: you have a right to a name and a nationality. Our children have developed their carving skills by producing name tablets. They have used the colours of national flags that are important to their families to produce a weaving. This was very tricky for their little fingers! A particularly hilarious activity was reconstructing our portraits with a friend. The children used their own photographs that were cut into strips to compose a mixed image, exploring our similarities and differences. The results were very effective. Finally, each class created a collaborative piece of art that used each child’s unique fingerprint, representing themselves as individuals in a wider community.