Little Venice Art Exhibition

Years 5 and 6 drew boats and canals using charcoal as part of an exhibition at IWA (Inland Waterways Association) Canalway Cavalcade, one of London’s biggest, brightest and best waterway festivals in Little Venice over the bank holiday weekend, 5th – 7thMay 2018. The artwork was exhibited on a boat for all the public to see. There were  even members of the public who expressed interest to buy the drawings!

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Serpentine gallery

Year 6 went on an afternoon trip to the Serpentine Gallery where they had a workshop with the artist and dancer Zinzi Minott. Children explored the current exhibition by Sondra Perry, entitled ‘Typhoon Coming On’ where they explored the video projections and soundscape that course through the gallery space. The projected images of the ocean and ship address the theme of slavery and racism. Children then responded to the artwork and the theme of identity by creating a dance piece to a variety of music.

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Visiting the Tate Modern

We visited the Tate Modern for an Assembly Day organised by the gallery. We visited the Living Cities exhibition where we explored artwork made from different media; photographs, collages, wire installations, leather weavings and paintings. On a piece of paper, we took our ‘pencil for a walk’ and created a map of the gallery. We followed all or some of the lines on our map to help guide us around the gallery. As we followed our maps, we wrote down in words what we could see, hear and smell. We had to think about how we move within our city and the marks we leave behind .

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Art workshops at the National Gallery

A group of children had two workshops with artists in residence at the National Gallery. Children looked at the painting The Wilton Diptch, by an unknown artist, made in about 1395-9. Children created music in response to the painting, drew the artwork using pastels and made a collage using gold paper in response to the patterns and gold in the painting. We had lots of fun!

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Making brooches and hats inspired by Paddington Central architecture

Over the past term, a group of children have been working with Create, a charity that empowers lives through the creative arts. Children have been working with artists in designing and making brooches and hats inspired by Paddington Central architecture. The children’s work will be photographed and displayed in the summer as part of an exhibition at Paddington Central. Children have learnt brooch making techniques such as beading with thread and kumihimo braiding.  They had lots of fun designing and making hats and brooches.

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Designing a sculpture for Paddington Central station!

Cherry class have been working with Open City, a charity organisation that works with children on exploring, designing and making sculptures for the public realm spaces of Paddington Central. On Friday 9th February, we visited Paddington Central where we explored Sean Henry’s sculpture Two Figures (Meeting Place). This was followed by 2 whole day workshops in school, led by an artist, where we designed and constructed artwork based around Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. We had lots of fun using wire and metal to create an installation of Hermia in the forest surrounded by butterflies, insects and a fairy. Our sculpture will be displayed in Paddington Central on Tuesday 27th March for a whole week for all the public to enjoy!

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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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