At Gipsey Bridge Academy, we want children to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of visual arts and develop knowledge of a variety of artists, craft makers and designers. Our Art curriculum develops creativity, engages and inspires children to event and create their own works of art, craft and design.
Class 2 started our 3D sculptures by studying the Easter Island statues. We knew that ancient Greece was famous for having lots of detailed, elaborate statues but thought we should start our sculpting journey with something a little less intricate! After comparing the two styles, noting the similarities and differences, we set upon designing and making our own versions. We talked about malleable and rigid materials, and the children were fantastic at calling upon their previous knowledge of clay to define these terms. Today, we needed to make a secure foundation, ready to fix the Modroc onto tomorrow!
This week, we started learning about 'Banksy', the famous but secret urban artist. We looked at some examples of their work and discussed what we noticed, such as the black and white colour scheme, the sad theme of each piece and the fact that they were all created outside, on public walls. We also wrote about what we liked and disliked about the art work, giving reasons.
To further develop the charcoal skills that we began investigating last week during our launch day, we decided to use charcoal again today to create the black contrast against the brick work we were using. The results are really effective!
Linking this back to our Big Question and considering that graffiti is actually illegal, Mrs Clarke has asked, "Is this art or vandalism?" We are going to explore this in more detail later in the week.
Having learned different music vocabulary earlier in the week, we listened to some live jazz music and talked about the pitch, rhythm, tempo and volume of the different sounds we could hear. We then thought about different shapes that we could associate with those sounds, explaining why we chose them. Looking at Kandinsky’s artwork for inspiration, we created our own abstract pieces by sketching ideas first and then putting these separate ideas together into a final, colourful piece.