1S Clay in Art

This term we have been exploring using clay. So far we have seen what we can do with clay (pull, pinch, squash, roll etc) and made 3D shapes out of clay. We have also carefully sketched birds which we will use when we make our clay models of birds.

Today we have been talking about the texture and patterns that we saw on the models of the birds that we drew. We then used different items from around the classroom to create texture and patterns in the clay. Can you remember what you used? Which item made the texture look like bird feathers?

6L Medusa Portraits

We are currently adding the finishing touches to our self portraits modelled on the famous painting ‘Medusa’ by Italian artist, Caravaggio (1571 – 1610).

The finished paintings have taken approximately 8 hours to complete. We are sure you will understand why when you see the finished product. Here’s a sneak peak of us working near the beginning of the process.

We will be ready to unveil the finished masterpieces next week. 🙂

Junk Model Dinosaurs and animals

In Art we have been making our own junk model dinosaurs and animals. We selected our animal and then carefully chose pieces of recycling to make the body, legs and head. Some of us chose to work in a group or with a partner. We had to make sure we were talking with each other to decide how to put our model together.

We used masking tape to hold all the pieces in place.

Once we had made our models, we covered them in glue and paper to make them sturdy and strong.

Next we will be adding colour to our models.

Joining Techniques

This half-term we will be making junk model dinosaurs and safari animals. So far we have been sketching dinosaurs and animals.

Today we practiced joining card and cyclinders. These are skills that we will be able to use when we make our models. Can you remember the different ways of joining? How did we join the cylinder tube to the box?

Some children will be practicing joining next week – keep an eye out for your photo if you haven’t seen it today.

3L – We made a Clay Tile of a Victorian House

Finally, we added the detail of the brickwork and the roof tiles. We used clay tools to create the different textures.

Our tiles are now ready to be fired in a kiln.

6L Art – Dare you stare into the eyes of Medusa?

This term we will create our version of Carravagio’s famous painting of Medusa. Carravagio used studies of his face to create his Medusa and we have been studying our faces in preparation. We discussed the emotions conveyed in the famous art work – sorrow, fear, shock, rage. We then used charcoal and chalk to capture only our eyes when we expressed these emotions. The results speak for themselves and we think we’ve achieved what we set out to do. Next week, we will concentrate on expressing emotion with our mouths.

Caravaggio’s Medusa

1S Artists

This week we have been using paint to colour mix the right colours to create a picture of our chosen fruit. Can you explain how you used the powder paints for colour mixing?

The children observed closely to draw their shape outline. Then they mixed the colours and used them to add details and colour.

They look beautiful and I can’t wait to display them in the classroom.