Beautiful Islamic Print Patterns

In Year 3 we have been block printing Islamic patterns. Islamic patterns consist of either geometric patterns (repeated, interlaced or overlapped shapes) or vegetal patterns (patterns based on plants and flowers found in the natural world).

We began by drawing and pressing our design onto a styrofoam board so that the image becomes indented onto the foam. The indented lines do not absorb any ink. We then put ink onto an inking plate and used a brayer to evenly spread the ink onto the plate. We then took our styrofoam board, added ink to it and pressed the image onto paper to transfer the ink from the foam onto the paper. This process is called burnishing.

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Amazing Papier Mache Greek Pots

In Year 5 we’ve been having fun making paper mache Greek pots. Using a balloon, newspaper and a papier mache mix we created the mould of our pots. To make the papier mache, we used 3 cups of powder to 1 cup of water and mixed it so it became a smooth paste. We added the paste to our balloons. We enjoyed getting our hands messy! When the papier mache dries, we will paint our Greek pots. Watch this space!

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The Ancient Art of Mesopotamia

As part of our learning on Mesopotamia, in art, we have been looking at the history and art of Persian rugs and Islamic patterns. We have been looking at the process of weaving and making our own weave out of different coloured wool. To enhance our learning,  we visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, in South Kensington. We  visited the Jameel Gallery which contains 400 objects, including ceramics, textiles, carpets, metalwork, glass and woodwork of Islamic Middle East art. It houses the Ardabil Carpet, which is the oldest dated example in the world! It was made in 1539-40 and is one of the biggest, it is over 10 metres long and 5 metres wide! We had a fun morning, looking at and sketching some of these objects.

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African Masks

In Year 2 we have been looking at African mask and their colours, patterns and designs. African masks are used in religious and social events to represent the spirits of ancestors. African masks are made from different materials: wood, bronze, brass, copper, ivory, raffia and textiles. They are often decorated with cowrie shells, coloured beads, bone, animal skins and vegetable fibre.

We created our own African masks using paper mache. We tore tissue paper and strips of newspaper to create patterns and shapes and stuck them onto a plastic mask mold using glue. We then painted our masks and used craft materials to decorate them. We used images of African masks to help us.

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Persian Rugs

As part of our learning on Mesopotamia, in art, we have been looking at the history and art of Persian rugs and Islamic patterns. We have been looking at the process of weaving and making our own weave out of different coloured wool. We began by making our loom by creating lengthwise warp yarns that hold in tension on the loom. We then created weft threads by taking different coloured yarn and inserting it over-and-under the warp threads.

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Pablo Picasso

Year 5 have been learning parts of the face in Spanish through the paintings of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

They created their own paintings and were able to write simple sentences to describe the faces.

They also played  interactive games to check their learning in the areas of spellings and sentence building.

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Alberto Giacometti

In Year 6 we looked at the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901 – 1966) who was a sculptor, painter, draftsman and printmaker. He was famous for his simple line drawings done using a loose gestural technique that emphasises the face and figure being ‘caught in the moment’.  Gestural drawings are quick drawings that capture the essential gesture of a subject in its most distilled form. They show action, emotion, movement, and expression. We created our own gestural drawings of the face using pen and engraving paper.

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Elizabeth Line competition

We have been involved in an art competition to launch the new Elizabeth Line for  Transport for London (TfL). According to TFL, the new Elizabeth Line will be Europe’s largest construction project since World War II! We created artwork for the campaign to show that the Elizabeth Line will run from Paddington to Heathrow. There will be 4 trains per hour running. The deadline for the competition is Friday 9thFebruary. Finger crossed we do well! ​

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Professional Artists Visit Hallfield

Children worked with two professional artists from Heatherley’s Fine Art School, in Chelsea. Children were given a range of drawing media; charcoal, chalk, markers and had to draw a still life of logs arranged on their tables. Children had to think about applying different pressure with their marker pens and charcoal and the different effects this creates and types of lines; hard, soft. Children were encouraged to move the pen and charcoal from their wrists to give a more fluid movement in their mark making.

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Ancient Greek Mosaics in Year 5

As part of Year 5’s learning on Ancient Greece, children have been working in pairs designing and making a Greek mosaic. Children have been using small fabric pieces and glue. They were encouraged to think about the shape, colours, composition and patterns in their collage mosaic.

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British Values Art at Hallfield

In art, we have been looking at each of the British Values. The British Values are Democracy, Individual Liberty, the Rule of Law and Mutual Respect and Tolerance.

In Year 6, we looked at Individual Liberty, which suggests the free exercise of rights. We looked at how thousands of soldiers during WWII sacrificed their lives to preserve our individual liberty. We created charcoal drawings of WWII soldiers. We used willow and compressed charcoal. We used a range of shading techniques to show tone, for example, blending, cross-hatching, scumbling and stippling.

In Year 6, we also looked at Democracy which is the belief in freedom and equality between people. We all have a voice and have the right for it to be heard. We created Andy Warhol inspired self-portraits. We used carbon paper to trace our faces from a photograph and then repeated the image six times. We outlined our faces with a black marker and then used crayons to colour them in.

In Year 5, we looked at the Rule of Law that suggests no one is above the law. We created collages of things that represent the law; Lady Justice who represents the fairness of the judicial system, law courts, judges, handcuffs and The Houses of Parliament.

In Year 2, we looked at tolerance. We created watercolour paintings of London and then looked at a photo of ourselves and cut it into strips and juxtaposed it onto the painting. We did this to show that whatever our beliefs, religion, opinions, racial or ethnic origin we have the right to live and practise them in our city.

In art club, we also looked at the British artist, William Morris who was very famous for his wallpaper designs of flowers, leaves and birds. We looked at his designs and incorporated them into our own designs by Styrofoam printing onto fabric.

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