At Wentworth we firmly believe that Art allows children to express themselves and make connections with the world around them in many different ways using their imagination. No one artist is the same and no child is the same.
The children are taught to not only engage in making art but to be art critics, both their own work and others in a positive way that encourages self development.
Year 1 have been learning about Giuseppe Arcimboldo. He was an Italian painter who made portraits using materials such as fruit and vegetables. Rather than drawing they had a variety of fruit to cut out and make a ‘fruity face’ in the style of Arcimboldo.
Year 2 have been getting acquainted with Picasso and his different ways of painting and drawing. They have been creating their own self portraits using soft sketching pencils. They used their knowledge of maths symmetry to to draw the missing half of their faces to make the best self portrait.
Year 3 have been exploring different colours and using their knowledge of art vocabulary to evaluate both their own pictures and others. They were looking at the differences between warm and cool colours and how they made them feel.
In order to really show their use and knowledge of colours they worked in a sketchbook to test ideas and record media explorations.
They worked and experimented with the potential of different grades of pencil while applying different drawing techniques.
This colour work culminated in children drawing and using colours to portray a warm/cold picture of a tree. Once they had drawn it we asked them to be critics of their work. What did they like and what might they change if they did it again?
It is all about the Romans!!
The children have been investigating Roman life including mosaics used as both wall art and flooring. By exploring mosaics they were looking at environmental and manmade patterns.
They used cross curricular knowledge of maths to design a mosaic pattern which they then produced using tessellation. (A tessellation or tiling of a flat surface is the covering of an area using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps).
Year 5 have been living the Greek life this term!
They researched mythical characters in Ancient Greece and sketched their own creatures. They then used the sketched ideas of mythical characters to create an Ancient Greek vase design using pens.
The children enjoyed looking at some examples of ancient Greek pottery and tried to include some of the patterns and colours used in this pottery to make their design really come to life.
Year 6 have been experimenting with particular qualities of tone, shades and mood using paint. They studied landscapes looking at the vibrancy of colours and how the light changed in the various pictures.
They then had to recreate the landscapes using their knowledge of painting techniques to make them as realistic as possible.