Roman Art and Architecture
Our Art and Design topic this Autumn term, initially involved researching Roman architecture, which we used to compile a class slideshow. We then studied the 3 different types of Roman columns - Doric, Ionic and Corinthian, making lots of detailed, notated sketches. Next, we designed containers inspired by the column designs and each made a clay pot! We chose one main colour paint and then experimented with mixing tints (with white) and tones (with black). Our pots are all unique and are beautifully decorated with both moulded and carved designs!
Glass Mosaic Tiles 17/10/14
This week, Year 4 studied Roman mosaics and then designed their own mosaic patterns on a square grid. In the following lesson, the children glued coloured glass tiles on to a wooden base to make their own mosaic tiles. It was quite tricky, but everyone persevered, and now finished tiles are excellent! Miss Blake has "grouted" the tiles, so they are ready to bring home for half term!
Spring 1 term Design and Technology Shelter from the Flood!
Our new topic is cross-curricular with the Geography topic of Bangladesh. The criteria for this D and T topic, was to build a suitable shelter for use in Bangladesh.
Year 4 investigated a variety of shelters and then compared architecture and buildings in the capital city of Dhaka, with village structures. We discussed how the climate of monsoons and cyclones, with resultant frequent flooding, affected the need for renewable resources.
The children's task was to build a waterproof shelter, with stilts, using suitable materials. Working in groups of 3, Year 4 were able to create a wide variety of super shelters, which were all waterproof when tested! Some even had furniture and features for people with disabilities!
I am so proud of Year 4's maturity when sawing wood and using a hot glue gun, their great teamwork skills, and of course, their brilliant designs! We could make a series for T.V. called "Amazing Spaces Bangladeshi-style!"
Spring 2 term, Design and Technology - Anglo-Saxon Weaving and Moira Canal Festival Art Competition Day 1 3/3/15
As part of our new Design and Technology topic, Year 4 have investigated the intricate patterns used in Anglo-Saxon jewellery and how similar braided patterns were created in woven designs.
We researched the methods involved in turning sheep wool into woven cloth, and how natural plant dyes were used to stain the wool different colours.
Our first activity involved dyeing cotton strips with beetroot and tea, which was a very messy and smelly process! We will be using these strips next time, when we practise weaving on looms.
Next on the agenda, was learning how to plait, using 3 and then 5 strands of wool. Year 4 mastered this art and produced super plaits, some of which became Friendship Bracelets gifted to others! Well done Everyone!
I'm very proud to announce, that I am entering Year 4 into the Moira Canal Festival Art competition!
The Moira Canal Festival Committee have invited local school children to create a picture for the 2015 Festival programme. The overall winner, chosen by the committee, will have their picture printed on the front cover of the programme, which is given to every visitor to the festival! In addition, the top three pictures from each school will have their work displayed at the festival and those winning pupils receive family tickets for the festival and a certificate!
How fantastic is that?
Year 4 have drawn their pictures this afternoon, and will be colouring them on our next Design and Technology Day. The pictures are looking very good so far, and all the children have a great chance of winning! GOOD LUCK YEAR 4!
Summer 1 and 2 terms: Young Artist Award - Living Landscapes
Workshop Day with Alistair Kennedy 21.4.15
During the Summer term, Year 4 are completing art work for their "Young Artist Award." This is our school's own award, which involves working with artists, exploring a variety of media and holding a final exhibition, to share their art and learning.
The chosen theme for our award is "Living Landscapes", and in order to inspire ideas and imagination, we had a workshop with local artist, Alistair Kennedy. He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally, using a variety of media, such as paint, photos and film.
On our workshop day, Alistair shared a selection of his mixed-media paintings with the children and explained how he combines different media to create his art work. Year 4 completed several activities with him, such as making viewfinders, sketching outside on the field and experimenting with mark-making. Alistair then demonstrated how to create a mixed-media landscape picture, by building up layers with collage (newspaper, mesh) and then creating texture with gesso (a thick paint primer). Year 4 then added paint for large areas of colours and finally used charcoal and chalk for highlighting details.
Everyone found Alistair inspirational as you can see in the photos below!
When we have finished our topic work, the exhibition will take place between 2.45 and 3.15 in the school hall, on 14.7.15. Everyone is welcome and I look forward to seeing you there!
Young Overseal Artists Award Exhibition Day! 14.7.15
Year 4's exhibition was a great success and thanks very much to everyone who was able to come and see it. The children were all given certificates to credit their achievement in art and they all enjoyed explaining what they had done to peers and adults alike.
I am very proud of our artists of the future!