Y6 have been creating some awesome volcano pictures! We took inspiration from artist Margret Godfrey’s volcano work. For the sky we did a stormy water colour wash and for the explosion, we blew ink through straws. For our mountain and lava flow we used tissue paper which also gave a brilliant texture. Enjoy looking at the pictures. By Alice Y6H
Before we went to the wire workshop we went to a fancy room to hear the Perseus story! Alister from Southampton art gallery told the tale whilst we gazed at the paintings that hung on the walls. The strange room had been designed by the artist himself (Sir Edward Burne – Jones) he had said that the paintings had to be in a room without skylight, windows, or carpet and the walls had been decorated with wooden panels. The story of the paintings was very interesting. It all started when a young man, Arthur Balfour, asked the artist to paint the story of Perseus to hang in his London home. The man waited for a very long ten years but the artist died before the paintings were finished. The whole series of paintings were never finished but the finished ones were sent to a different gallery.The drafts for the paintings were sent to the Southampton art gallery!
Year 6 headed off to the wire workshop, we were told to wear protective goggles and we all got really excited. To begin with we were told that we would be making a Medusa head out of wire. Y6H set off to work and made the template of the head, then we were told to do the DECORATIONS and when I say decorations I mean decorations! Now we’re talking. We used pipe cleaners as the hair and for the outside of the face, the nose and the mouth. We all enjoyed it and they hang menacingly in the classroom. Keeping a close eye on us!
Year 2 have been reasearching the famous sculptor Andy Goldsworthy and writing non-chronological reports about him. We have been fascinated by his use of natural materials including stone, clay, sand, wood, leaves and ice. We found that a black hole theme was appearing in many of his sculptures. This was inspired by a trip to the beach when some sand collapsed and a black hole appeared in the sand. The black was so beautiful that Andy Goldsworthy recreated this hole in many of his sculptures. Many of the sculptures he creates are temporary as they may be washed or blown away, so he takes photographs of each one to remember them.
Year 2 have created their own sculptures inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy. We took photographs to remember our creative pieces before we dismantled them.
On Monday 14th of October Year 6 went on a fantastic visit to Southampton Art Gallery, we all had an exceptional time! Although we found the wire workshop tricky we are very proud of what our Medusa heads look like. Also we heard the fascinating story of Perseus and Medusa while looking at some amazing paintings that Sir Edward Burne-Jones had created. Finally we had a chance to explore the whole Gallery and we picked our favourite piece of art, the most popular was the motorbike made entirely out of paper.
We hope the next Year 6 will enjoy it as much as we did!
It was a crisp autumnal day, a wave of excitement was spreading throughout year 6 as today was the day they were going on a brilliant trip to Southampton Art Gallery!
We set off at around nine-thirty on the 15th of October 2012, after a short bus drive there we finally arrived at the gallery; everyone was buzzing and as we were led off the coach it was almost too much to bear!
After we had dropped of our bags and coats, we met a man called Alister, he showed us into the Edward Burne-Jones Gallery and explained that Ed Burne- Jones was a Victorian artist who had painted the story of Perseus, who we had been learning about in school.
Alister told us another version of the Perseus story, using the nine paintings in the gallery. It was interesting to learn about the different versions of the same story.
Soon after, we went into the arts and crafts room where we met a lady called Becks who showed us how to make a wire Medusa head, Medusa was a fearsome monster with a nest of snakes for hair and a face that could turn you to stone if you looked at her! We decorated our monsters with buttons for the eyes and vibrant pipe-cleaners and beads for the hair.
It was quite hard to bend the wire into shape, as it hurt your hands and it was really fiddly, but we got used to it and in the end we had some amazing Medusa heads!
Later on we had lunch in the park opposite the gallery, when we were back inside we split into groups and we got to see the whole gallery. Some of the exhibits were incredible! Many of us said our favourite one was the interactive art, ( ‘Wake up and Hide’ by Gary Stevens ) when you made a noise the people on screen would run away! It was really funny!
Overall we had a brilliant day, and we would love to do it again!
As part of our work on harvest the children in Year R have brought lots of different vegetables into school. We talked about which parts we eat, the leaves, the roots, the seeds, the fruit, or the stem. Then we looked at some pictures which were made out of vegetables and fruit by the artist, Guiseppe Acrimboldo. The children identified many of the fruit and vegetables they could spot hidden within the pictures. We all then made our own vegetable pictures. See if you can work out which of the following they are; 2 groups made fire engines, a princess, a castle, a cat, a monster with a long neck and a unicorn! All the vegetables have now been chopped up and turned into soup which the children will take home today. Delicious and so healthy!
This week year 2 have been looking at a poem called ‘What is the Sun?’ by Wes Magee.
We were then given 4 different activities to have a go at. Painting a sun picture using watercolours, finding out facts about the sun, making a sun picture using pin pricks and reading ‘What is the Sun?’ and putting some actions with it.
We really enjoyed our activities. Have a look at the pictures and see what you think.