Craft club was a new venture and each week we discovered new ways of making exciting crafts. We tried designing and dyeing a range of items including shopping bags, pencil cases and much more. Sophie designed a very creative bird for her shopping bag. We had a go at decoupage with ready-made cardboard animals – there were lizards, piggy banks, dinosaurs and dogs! Zac tried out Gaudi designs on his lizard. We tried to make Canadian Inuit dream catchers from a kit and found this very fiddly a lot of patience was needed! Dan never gave up and increased his threading skills! We finished the club with sewing – this came in the shape of kits ranging from a pink owl, a grey sloth, an orange lion and a couple of brown pugs! This was a great exercise in dexterity and patience and all the children did incredibly well. David and his brother Jakub were the stars of the show and helped the other children with difficult corners and attaching parts together.
In our Exploration topic Year 3 made a landscape collage of the Antarctic. We wanted to find out about the great explorer Ernest Shackleton and so we focused on his journey in the Antarctic. We started our development work with a short TV clip of David Attenborough’s ‘Frozen Planet.’ We then did some texture work using our pencils of a range of photographs of organic and inorganic objects (lizard skin, wool, tortoise shell, fabric, fish scales, metal grids etc.). The children then did some colour mixing with paint to see what different types of shades of blue and green they could make. Finally, the children worked in pairs to make some super Antarctic landscape collages. Joshua was amazed to learn about the volcano Mount Erebus in the Antarctic and added this to his work. Jack drew lots of wolves and bison on his collage and the children including the teacher were surprised these animals lived here as it is so cold. Daisy drew some part of her collage without snow as she remembered from the TV clip that there are parts of the Antarctic called Tundra that have no snow.
With our Exploration topic we looked at the Greek Explorer Pytheas. We looked at a range of maps of his journeys and decided to focus on Greek vases which would have been needed to take provisions on Pytheas’s journeys. We looked at the uses of the different vases – there are almost 30 different types from holding wine, carrying water, holding cosmetics and funeral vases and each has a particular shape. Each pupil chose a particular kind and did some sketches. We then looked at 3 different design eras where colours, patterns and drawings where all different. The children eventually designed and painted their own vase choosing a particular design era.
With our Exploration topic we looked at the Spanish explorer Hernan Cortez and his conquest of Mexico – this was a History cross- curricular topic with Mrs Shaw as she was covering the Aztecs and Mayans. The children worked in pairs and designed and made pastel Aztec Calendar stones. We researched the meaning of the sun God and what happened during sacrificial ceremonies. We made mosaic masks and looked into the culture behind wearing the masks and their religious significance.
With Year 6 we also looked at the journey of the great explorer Ernest Shackleton. We started by looking at Shackleton’s map of the Ant-arctic and the Weddell Sea. We then looked at a range of maps including some maps of different countries and local maps. Madi brought in her Grandfather’s map that he designs and makes of local areas we were astounded by their detail and beauty and gained first-hand knowledge of how to make a map. The children then wrote briefly about 3 different journeys they had been on and sketched what they saw, they made their own signs for different landmarks and they used colour to express how they felt on the journey. We then looked at a range of Map artists all very different and used this for inspiration. They then used a range of material from paint to pastel to make their own map art.
With our Sea Dragon topic, Year 3 started by watching a short clip of David Attenborough’s Sea Dragon film. They learned about the new technology that David Attenborough was finding out about at Bristol University. We then looked at an interactive clip from Bristol Museum showing the Pliosaur ‘Doris.’ We discussed the female Palaeontologist Mary Anning and her first discoveries of Pliosaurs and Icthyosaurs and her connection to the fossils at the museum. We looked at a range of Ancient Sea Monsters and discussed why the artist would have embellished drawings of the creatures he would have seen and talked about how fisherman from those times would have made up scary stories of the fictitious Sea Monsters. The children learned how to make a Hybrid monster from the ancient drawings and did a selection of drawings. They then did some pastel drawings and some paintings.
With Year 4 we did cross-curricular work with Mrs Brocklebank and English. The children wrote fantasy stories incorporating the Sea Dragons. In Art we looked at a range of artists who created fantasy art including Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall and Renee Magritte. The children then sketched a range of domestic items and animals for their development work. They finally painted a Dream scape inspired by the artists they studied.
Movement was the focus of the Year 5 topic. We looked at a range of artists who use techniques to create a feeling of movement in their work. These artists are known as Futurism artist and we briefly looked at this art movement and the time period it was set in. We then did lots of experiments with paint including using a range of objects to spread paint on the paper, adding water, using string, dropping paint out of a cup with a hole in it. The children had great fun but the art room got very messy! As part of the development work we did some figure work and sketched a range of people dancing, running and with different types of movement. The children then joined the paint techniques and the figure drawing together to make some incredible work that definitely gave the feeling of movement.
Year 6 had a dip into the world of being Graphic artists when they were given a brief to make and design a leaflet for the new ‘Mary Anning’ room at the Natural History museum in London ( patrons and members of the museum use this room ). The children researched the life and work of the famous Palaeontologist Mary Anning and her connection to Bristol and Bristol museum. They were taught how to use symmetry for their front covers and how to use a range of type face for their writing. They then had to summarise information they were given and imagine being a guest walking around the room looking at the exhibits while reading the leaflet. Some pupils preferred to make their own drawings and some pupils added photographs to their leaflets. We were so proud of the work they did we suggested we could send them to the Natural History museum for a fee!
Year 6 were very busy as they also looked at a range of famous sculptors including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Michelangelo, Rodin, Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy. We looked at a power point of public art around the world and also where we can find sculptures in Bristol. We enjoyed the school grounds and had some time outside making Ephemeral sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long. We also did some simple card sculptures based on the work of Barbara Hepworth.