Art and DT newsletter
Art and Design at St George's Primary Academy
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso
Here at St George's we aim to deliver high-quality Art and Design lessons that engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We give children a broad range of opportunities and experiences, including working with different media, learning new skills and being inspired by famous artists.
To support the learning that we do in dedicated art lessons, children in each class also access Art Rainbow Challenges. This gives them opportunities to experiment with new skills, practise things they have learned, apply skills to new contexts and deepen their understanding. These enhancements allow the children to deepen and develop their own skills and interests in Art and Design.
Highlights from our classrooms
Art Club with Ocean Studios
To start this year with an arty bang, we have followed up our awesome exhibition by collaborating with some of the artists at Ocean Studios. Each Term we are running an 8 week programme for groups of KS2 children.
Spring Term Art Club
In the first four weeks the our young artists set about on a project to map the local area led by artist Kieron Walsh. They began by drawing a collaborative map, on a large scale from their imaginations. In the following weeks, the children went out on location to perform quick, observational sketches around the local area. We are planning to create the final piece in the Summer term. It will be painted on the boards outside of Ocean Studios.
Autumn Term Art Club
In the first four weeks the our young artists explored art through history. They looked at cave paintings, Egyptian tomb paintings and explored the work of Picasso under the instruction of local artist Kieran Walsh. At the end of the sessions their work was exhibited publicly at Ocean Studios. The next four weeks was led by painter Mark Fielding. The children were shown around his studio, and explored themes of tone and shade through collage. Here is a video of the pilot project, made by the artists at Ocean Studios.
It has been an interesting year with some whole school collaborative projects, home learning, and art taking place in the classroom. We hope you enjoy these examples of what we have been up to.
Art Week July 2021
When we came back to school in September 2020, as part of our recovery curriculum, we created a whole school piece of art. This collaboration was powerful because it united our school, at a time when we couldn't all be together. It represents hope and community.
Each class spent some time exploring different textures, creating rubbings from nature and making patterns. Then they learned about contrasting colours and how this could be used in collage. Each child then made a bird of hope for our display, using the skills they had learned.
In addition, each class were given a colour and were asked to create feathers, by drawing around their finger and adding texture.
We compiled all the feathers together to create a whole school bird of hope. Together we can create amazing things.
In our reception class, children are exploring art constantly though play, mark making and sometimes through more guided activities. Each day children take part in drawing club in which they express their imaginative ideas by putting pen, pencil and crayon to paper (sometimes in other ways too.)
At the start of the Summer Term we are having "Artist in Residence" sessions. Each week, the children will learn about a different artist and experiment with using their techniques. Here is our Petr Horacek inspired wax resist work.
In Plym, the children are introduced to sketchbooks for the first time. We have learned what a sketch book is and how to use it to record our ideas and experiment. In our school, we have 4 sketch book rules. No Crossing out, no rubbing out, tracing is not cheating and use the space on each page. We have learned drawing warm ups like continuous line drawing, explored colour mixing, printed using lego, created abstract compositions, learned about artists (Bridget Riley, Louis Wain, Beatriz Milhazes among others), experimented with using different media to draw, made a watery landscape while listening to classical music and much more!
In Lynher, children have been creating art through rainbow challenges and continuous provision, as well as more formal art lessons. Here are some examples of their creative pieces.
Tints and shades
Lynher have been learning about tints and shades. They explored tints and shades when drawing these incredible dragon's eyes.
Lockdown art and rainbow challenges.
Here are some examples of our independent artwork completed as enhancements.