Art Day Newsletter
To celebrate Art Day this year the focus was on appreciating, analysing and evaluating work by famous artists. What better way to do this than a visit for all pupils to an art gallery!
Reception – National Gallery
Reception went to visit the National Gallery for Art Day and was a real lesson on how to begin to appreciate the colours and the nuances artists apply to each drawing or painting that then allows the observer to look deeper into what they have created. The children went to the Flower room and looked closely at the paintings to find the detail depicted in them. They were able to spot a nest of eggs, some tiny mini-beasts, shells and butterflies which were not obvious at first sight. The children then looked around the rest of the gallery and came across a majestic horse which they all decided to draw. There were some fantastic attempts to capture the movement and colour of the horse. They all agreed it was a lovely day out! Once again we would like to thank our parent helpers for taking the time to come with us on our last trip out.
Year 1 – Portrait Gallery ‘Kings and Queens’
Year 1 went to the Portrait Gallery and participated in a workshop about kings and queens. In that work shop they looked at a variety of paintings with kings and queens which linked nicely to our history topic of Queen Victoria.
Year 2 – Portrait Gallery ‘What is a portrait?’
Year 2 visited the Portrait Gallery, where they participated in a ‘What is a portrait’ workshop. They learnt about the equipment used to create the portraits and how artists occasionally placed hidden personal details in their paintings about the person in the portrait. The class discussed the George Frederic Handel portrait by Thomas Hudson and looked for clues within the portrait that told them Handel was a composer. They then went on to drawing things that were personal to them and their peers had to guess or the drawing related to. A fun and interact workshop enjoyed by all.
Year 3 & 4 – Tate Britain
Year 3 really enjoyed their trip to Tate Britain, the home of British Art from 1500 to the present day. The children studied the exhibitions and were able to sketch some of the sculptures that were there. It was interesting to hear their opinions about some of the artwork and their perception of the sculptures.
Year 4 – Tate Britain
Year 4 enjoyed looking at different forms of art work. They visited different galleries and saw beautiful art work produced by the following artists:
-Sir Joshua Reynolds
We looked at specific paintings and thought about the following:
-What do I see?
-What do I think?
-What do I feel?
We also admired the beautiful sculptures which were all around the museum!
Year 5 – William Morris Gallery ‘Investigating Pattern’
Year 5 visited the William Morris Gallery on Art Day. They had a wonderful time and were treated to a guided tour of the gallery where they were given tasks that honed their artistic and observation skills. This was then followed by an “Investigating Patterns” workshop where they created their own motifs and used these to create block prints. Lunch was eaten in Lloyd Park and a play in the adventure playground rounded off their day, perfectly.
Year 6 – Tate Modern
The children spent time looking at the work of various artists and sketched work that they found interesting and inspiring. They also did some observational drawings based on the work of Henri Matisse. They read about artists and tried to understand the reason they had used a certain style and why this was important to them. They particularly admired the wire sculptured satellite and the metal encased hay designs made by Romanian farmers at least 20 years ago. We looked at a painting by Picasso which got everyone having various thoughts about it. The day was very enjoyable and a great deal was learnt to make us appreciated art in its various essence.
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