We were delighted to welcome pupils back after the summer break for an action packed half term in the Creative Arts Department. Many pupils had been busy working on their own projects in the Summer holidays ready to enter the Creative Arts Summer Competition. The level of work was exceptionally high and Mrs L-G and Mrs Lynn deliberated for some time before awarding the prizes as follows:
Year 3 – Esmee Raghavan
Year 4 – Lara Willcox, Toby Mantle
Year 5 – Ali Ahmad
Year 6 – Enya Yu, Amir Mirza, Luca Romano
Year 4 – Caitlin Liew, Sarika Hulait
Year 5 – Harriet Poade
Year 6- Will Cowley, Caitlin Thornewell
A special prize was awarded to Phoebe Jones for her thought-provoking piece on climate change, reminding us of our responsibility to recycle and care for our world.
October saw the launch of The 2018 Limited Edition Copper Poppy Project. Mrs L-G and Mrs Lynn have been in deep cahoots for many months on how best to present this project to involve the whole school and the entire Blue Coat Community. Working closely with Stephen Whitehead, our Artist-in-Residence, Prep children worked for a week under his guidance producing the most amazing copper poppies. Pre Prep and Buttons children have worked in their Creative Art lessons to create their own beautiful collaged copper poppies. Parents and staff have also enjoyed the twilight sessions, which have been run to give the wider community the chance to develop new skills and embrace this whole school project. It has been a truly momentous project and we, and the children, feel extremely fortunate to be part of marking this point in history in such a poignant way.
All two thousand and eighteen of the limited edition Copper Poppies will form part of a special Installation in our school Chapel. This may be viewed in the Chapel on Wednesday November 7th (3.30 – 5.30) and Thursday November 8th (3.30 – 5.30). Then on Friday November 9th at 08.40 the Installation will form a special part of the school’s Remembrance Day Service.
All children will receive their framed poppies before Christmas; there will be regular opportunities to buy additional poppies, as these will be sold to raise money for The Royal British Legion. Further details to follow – watch this space!
All pupils in Prep undertaking DT this term have been working with textiles:
We have welcomed our new Year 3 pupils to our super equipped DT and Art rooms. They certainly feel very grown up having designated rooms especially for their Creative Arts lessons. In DT they have been investigating fabrics and developing sewing skills, ready for creating their own felted tool wrap in the Lent Term.
Pupils have learnt about woven, knitted and bonded fabrics and have learnt how to do over sewing and thread a needle! Pupils have been learning new stitches and practising these to create their own bags. Some classes enjoyed experimenting with wool fibres and created their own piece of felted fabric.
Year 4 are putting their sewing skills to good use, practising their skills making pin cushions before going on to make their own ipad covers. They are looking forward to making their own personalised covers!
Year 5 have enjoyed investigating hats and have been learning how to take accurate measurements,making their own pattern ready to turn their hat designs into wearable winter hats.
Year 6 have donned their L plates this term as they work towards getting their Sewing Machine Licence. It has been great to see how well our Year 6 pupils have used the electric sewing machines this term. I look forward to seeing them put these new skills into practise next term when they will make their own pair of pyjamas. Congratulations to those pupils who were awarded their Sewing Machine Licences!
Art and Design
In Art Year 3 have learned about Rock Art, marvelling at how mixing pigments creates a range of wonderful colours. With these new skills, they have created artwork on sandpaper, based on what is important to them.
Year 4 have been looking at Hundertwasser, an inspirational architect and artist. They have looked at how he did not like straight lines and loved spirals. Working with paint, pearlised paint and Brusho, they have produced vibrant mixed media pieces.
Year 5 started the year by improving their observational skills and use of tone, working from a mannequin and really focusing on drawing what they could see. Fired up with enthusiasm from the Anglo Saxon day, they then went on to create wonderful pieces, using metallic colours, peel-off paint and 3D outliners.
Year 6 have studied three major artists of Surrealism; Miro, Dali and Magritte. They have loved the freedom of this art movement, basing their artwork on ‘doodles’, ‘dreams’ and / or ‘everyday objects in unusual combinations’. Standing at full size easels, in the calm and creative atmosphere of the Art Room, they have learnt how to apply ‘fat over lean’ oils, (watersoluble for KS2 use) and experimented with palette knives and dramatic colour-mixing. This type of medium takes a while to develop (and dry) and they will continue into the Lent Term, as ‘it takes time to be creative’.