The next few weeks will focus on resources built around the idea of a creative star. It offers a lens through which to study art and artists and relate work undertaken to personal development skills. This week we have posted a video that explains the ideas behind the Creative Star and an example of a project undertaken by one of our artist practitioners in a school using Hockney as a focus.
What to do with all those old CDs that clutter up the IT suite’s cupboard? Well here is the answer! Old CDs are an ideal size to use as weaving frames. This week’s blog looks at the basic technique and links to artists far and near. The task was used by one of our local primary schools to establish a calm and purposeful tone for the week as part of their Monday Mindfulness work.
This wonderful resource offers a range of different directions for teachers to take the learning in with links to an infinite range of topics. It also draws heavily on the environmental themes and recycling. The resource provides a step by step guide for teachers, activities and suggestions across age ranges and provides links to the national curriculum and PSCHE.
The first in a series of activities developed with Bankfields Primary for their Monday Mindfulness sessions. The resource provides a step by step guide for teachers, activities and suggestions across age ranges and provides links to the national curriculum and PSCHE.
Inspiration for Creative Learning – Drawing, painting and felting: a learning journey
This project in Year 3/4 at Wilton Primary Academy drew on natural forms to create a learning sequence that developed children’s attention and concentration on detail. From observing, drawing and then painting flowers, to creating 3D representations using felting techniques the children’s journey allowed them to learn but also reflect on their development as individual artists:
Inspiration for Creative Learning – Autumn Textiles
This project covered much of the Autumn Term in Brambles Primary for years 1- 4. The intention was to introduce the children to a range of techniques with textiles such as felting, ‘rag-rugging’ and collage. Using autumnal nature as the theme the results created a series of vibrant and beautiful displays around school:
Inspiration for Creative Learning – Formal Elements through popular artists
In the third part of Sue’s exploration of the Formal Elements she highlights artists and techniques often studied in school and relates them to an understanding of Formal Elements. With copious examples and links to other resources this post is a fantastic support to teachers wanting to do more than simply copy artistic styles:
Inspiration for Creative Learning – Tapestry Designs
The work was based around Tapestry designs by Lucienne Day. The Y4 children at Brambles explored different designs by the artist then learned cross-sticth techniques to bring their own designs to life:
Inspiration for Creative Learning – Discussion and ideas around Formal Elements
This post continues the theme from Sue’s fifth blog using Formal Elements to produce cave paintings. It offers ideas for more in depth work that could be applied to a range of topics and links to other sources of inspiration.:
Inspiration for Creative Learning – Explorations in tissue transfer, ink drawing, wax resist and watercolour
This unit of work was based around the book cover of ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ which the Y3 class were reading at Overfields. The cover picture of the edition they had was created by Andy Warhol and the sessions explored different techniques to create a similar feel. The children were then encouraged to use the technique they felt was best for their own book cover with some stunning results.