The Jaguars Class will be swimming this term. Our first swimming lesson is on Friday 26th February 2016. Please remember to send your child with their swimming kit every Friday! Thank you, Miss Foreman.
Our topic for this term is: The Arts. Throughout this topic, we will be making links between History, Art and Culture. We will be finding out about the history of British Art, comparing landscape paintings by Turner with those by Monet and Van Gogh and we will be learning a range of painting techniques.
Maths homework has been set on Active Learn Primary.
Literacy homework can be viewed here. The children have been provided with paper copies too.
The Stone Age
We began our new topic by learning about The Stone Age. We found out that people used to paint deep within caves. Cave artists ground up coloured rock into a powder. They used yellow ochre and red oxide rocks, as well as charcoal (burnt wood). This powder was mixed to a paste using spit, water or animal fat, which helped the paint stick to the cave walls. Stone age artists used their fingers, as well as twigs, moss and horsehair brushes to dab paint on the cave walls. They also blew paint through bone tubes or reed pipes onto cave walls.
What did their cave art look like?
Cave dwellers blew paint through hollow bones around hands pressed against walls to create handprints. The oldest known cave art in Europe showed handprints. This example is from South-West France. We then used the same technique to create our own artwork, but we used modern plastic straws instead of hollow bones!
We had lots of fun using this technique!
The Iron Age
We found out that the Bronze Age followed on from the Stone Age and after the Bronze Age, came the Iron Age. We discussed the role of archaeologists. They dig up objects from the past, known as artefacts. This evidence provides them with clues that help them to work out what life was like at this time.
This decorated bronze mirror was found in Desborough, Northamptonshire, England. Archaelogists believe that this mirror was designed and made during the Iron Age (50 BC - AD 50).
Decorated bronze mirror, a highlight of British La Tène / Celtic Art. Iron Age, 50 BC - AD 50, from Desborough, Northamptonshire, England.
We created replica Iron Age mirrors using cereal boxes, reflective card, string, metallic paint, scissors and glue. We had lots of fun making them!
We enjoyed creating replica Iron Age mirrors.
Designing and creating William Morris inspired prints
William Morris was an artist during the Victorian Times. William Morris was a supporter of the Arts and Crafts movement. This was where a group of artists wanted to make things carefully by hand, using natural materials as they didn't like the dangerous and dirty factories which had developed during the Industrial Revolution.
We found out that William Morris used a block-printing technique to create his wallpaper designs. Each wooden block would have a particular design carved into it. The block would be covered in paint and stamped onto the paper, then left to dry. Once it had dried, another block with a different design would be covered in a different paint and then stamped onto the same piece of paper, before being left to dry. This allowed him to produce very detailed wallpaper designs.
We used the same technique as William Morris. First, we drew our designs. Then we copied our designs onto a polystyrene tile. We used a paintbrush to cover our tile in paint and then pressed it onto the paper, to create a block-print effect.
Our final William Morris inspired prints
All of the designs were based on plants, as William Morris focused mainly upon plants and animals in his designs. Here are some of the best block-print designs from our class:
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