In Art and Design lessons this Autumn, we have studied the techniques used with watercolour paint, as part of the Y6 Literacy topic on The Willow Pattern story. Initially, we studied the features which make up traditional Chinese landscape paintings, such as pagodas, cherry blossom trees, water and mountain ranges, creating many annotated sketches. We then experimented with watercolour paint techniques, such as wet-on-wet (adding clear water to the paper and then brushing over with thin washes of paint), background washes using thick brushes, and building-up thin layers of paint. The most popular technique was definitely splattering paint with a toothbrush! We had to use a limited colour palette, inspired by The Willow Pattern design and our final paintings were excellent!
Urban Landscapes of Shanghai 17.10.14
Presently, Year 6 are exploring Urban Landscapes, inspired by the paintings of Henderson Cisz and focusing on the skyline of Shanghai. Just take a look at the fabulous Oriental Pearl TV Tower! We are attempting to adapt and refine some of the skills we learned with watercolour paints and perspective, to our current pictures, but this time using soft pastels.
Autumn 2 Freedom quilts
As part of the topic work on slavery, Year 6 investigated the history behind the Freedom quilt code designs. We researched the Underground Railway and how sewing skills liberated thousands of African slaves in 19th century North America. The children each chose a symbol and experimented with designing in different colours and improving their tracing skills. The symbols were then transferred to fabric to make samplers, starting with a felt square for a base, on to which a variety of fabrics were appliqued for each part of their chosen symbol. Even though some children choose the same symbol, each sampler was unique and Year 6 made good use of a wide variety of textures and colours in their fabric choices. I am very proud to say that despite finding sewing difficult initially, each child persevered and made great progress with their skills! Now that the children's samplers are sewn together, the finished quilt looks stunning and will be displayed in the glass cabinet in the school gallery!
Spring 1 term Design and Technology Modern Viking Vehicles! 3/2/15
This half term, we have been investigating motorised pulley systems. As part of the History topic work on the Vikings, the children have made modern vehicles for the Vikings.
The set criteria stipulated that the vehicle had to travel over land, use an electrical motor to drive a pulley system and have some kind of Viking design element. We spent the first couple of weeks making the chassis, wheels and axles, adding the motor circuit and pulley systems later. We finally designed and then made a vehicle body, which needed to ensure that the circuit could still be accessed, so that the vehicle could move.
After lots of measuring, sawing, designing, persevering and teamwork, Year 6 have created ingenious little models! To celebrate our achievement, we tested our models with a rally in the school hall, which was great fun!
Congratulations Year 6! Your perseverance paid off and you have Modern Viking Vehicles to be proud of! I shall be contacting Top Gear soon, to see if The Stig would like to test drive your models!
Spring 2 term Art and Design - Mayan Clay
This topic has involved researching the Mayan civilisation art and architecture, as part of the History work. We began by making line drawings of artwork examples, and adding notes in our sketchbooks. Then Year 6 looked at examples of Pavement Art, in order to find out how artists can make drawings look 3D, by using shading techniques. After experimenting with differently graded pencils to create a range of tones, Y6 were able to create superb shading drawings, which look 3D!
We then moved on to clay to sculpt and carve our chosen designs. The results speak for themselves and all these sculptures are now proudly on display in the school's gallery!
Fairground Rides Design & Technology Summer 2015
For this topic, Year 6 researched pulley mechanisms and how these are used to move things in different ways. They investigated different types of movement (rotating, oscillating, linear and reciprocating) and how fairground rides use these for different effects. The children then designed and made their own pulley systems, following a day trip to the Black Country Living Museum.
Back in class, everyone designed their chosen fairground ride and began building their model. The finished designs used a variety of moving mechanisms, including pulley motors and cams, and they were all excellent. You've been a wonderful class to teach, Year 6 and I'm very proud of your artistic skills!