Apart Together: exploring emotions through art

None of us have ever experienced anything like the Lockdown we have been living in for the last few weeks. Coronavirus is a new disease, and the unknown can be very scary. There have been good days and bad days, and we’ve all found it difficult to explain our feelings at times.

Drawing or representing our feelings through art can be a really helpful way of exploring our emotions.

We would like you to create an artwork to represent your experiences of lockdown, and the different emotions you have been feeling.

If you would like to share them, your art work could contribute to a project run by the October Gallery. Your finished square will be linked together with squares produced by children and adults from around the country to make an art piece that celebrates our community staying safe by staying at home.

STEP ONE: EXPLORE

  • It’s all about you. Draw a circle or box on a piece of paper and write how you’ve been feeling while staying at home
  • Draw another circle or box and write down the colours that go with those feelings
  • Look at the artworks below or take a look at these videos to find inspiration linked to an artist you could use for your your own 10 x 10 square
  • ​Grab a sheet of paper and explore your response to the artist’s work as well as your feelings about lockdown. Sketch, paint, stick, colour, whatever!

STEP TWO: MAKE YOUR SQUARE AND MESSAGE

  • Cut out a 10cm x 10cm square out of cardboard, and collage, paint, draw your unique design using your sketches and writing as a starting point.
  • The only rules are to enjoy making, be creative (try and avoid hearts or flowers – challenge yourself and create your own unique design), and overall express YOU. And of course – make as many as you like!
  • Add a message on the back of your wonderful artwork; a message of thanks for NHS staff, a message of hope, a favourite poem, or dedication to a loved one.

STEP THREE: SHARE YOUR SQUARE

To share your completed art work you could:

  • Drop your square into school on your daily walk (observing social distancing rules) or bring it in if you are one of the year groups who is coming back.
  • Send a photo of your work to your year group email address

The gallery plan to make a short film of the project, including different squares from around the country. We will send your squares on to the gallery and use a copy to create an exhibition of our lockdown experiences in school. We will also post images of your creations in an online gallery.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Some ideas to help get you started…

Many famous paintings/ artworks represent emotions very powerfully. What emotions can you see in these famous artworks?

These artists use colour to help show emotions in their paintings. At Thomas Buxton, we are used to talking about our emotions in relation to the Zones of Regulation: 

However, there are different ways of thinking about colours, and they can be used to represent different emotions. for example:

You can explore how colour is used by different artists here and here There are some tips on some different artistic techniques here.

Remember that it’s ok to be finding this situation difficult. There are lots of people who can help – talk to a trusted adult in your family or at school, or you can call Childline on 0800 1111. There are also lots of tips on looking after your physical and mental well-being on the Healthy Lives blog.

Art-e-facts week 5

This is the fifth week of our weekly challenge: Art-e-facts. It is a fun, creative activity to keep you busy while school is closed, and it’s open to staff, pupils, parents – anyone who is part of the Thomas Buxton community! We know you have lots of work set by your class teachers, so it’s completely up to you if you’d like to take part.

Each week we will post an object and invite you to submit a creative response to it. Your response could be a drawing, a painting, a collage, a sculpture, a poem or story, you could bake a cake and decorate it to look like the object…. you decide!

Once you have completed your creative response just take a photo and send it with your name and class to year5@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk. All responses will be added to this page.

This week we have an Iranian frieze tile, probably from a palace or a wealthy person’s home. It dates from between 1701 and 1800. It’s roughly 25cm x 25cm so about the of a length of a ruler. It is made from a mixture of glass and clay (called fritware) and has been painted and glazed (similar to the Sun plate in week 3).

Have you noticed the colours that have been used? How many primary colours have been used? What is a secondary colour? How do you make green?

Learn about colour mixing with ice cubes here.

To learn about light and colour look here, or learn a song to remember the primary and secondary colours here.

Art-e-facts week 4

This is the fourth week of our weekly challenge: Art-e-facts. It is a fun, creative activity to keep you busy while school is closed, and it’s open to staff, pupils, parents – anyone who is part of the Thomas Buxton community! We know you have lots of work set by your class teachers, so it’s completely up to you if you’d like to take part.

Each week we will post an object and invite you to submit a creative response to it. Your response could be a drawing, a painting, a collage, a sculpture, a poem or story, you could bake a cake and decorate it to look like the object…. you decide!

Once you have completed your creative response just take a photo and send it with your name and class to year5@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk. All responses will be added to this page.

This week’s object is a ‘rhyton’ or drinking container in the shape of a horse and rider from Ancient Greece.⁠ These were normally used to transport liquids from storage jugs to meals or celebrations; there is a hole for drinking or pouring in the nose of the horse.

There are some interesting patterns on the back of the horse. This might inspire you to do some printing. Here are some links to printing ideas that can be done at home:

https://tinkerlab.com/printmaking-for-kids/
https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/printing

This explains the different types of printing you can do:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z38s6yc/revision/1​
Watch a printmaker in action:
https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/explore/kids-view/meet-printmaker

Art-e-facts week 3

This is the third week of our new weekly challenge: Art-e-facts. It is a fun, creative activity to keep you busy while school is closed, and it’s open to staff, pupils, parents – anyone who is part of the Thomas Buxton community! We know you have lots of work set by your class teachers, so taking part is completely optional.

Each week we will post an object and invite you to submit a creative response to it. Your response could be a drawing, a painting, a collage, a sculpture, a poem or story, you could bake a cake and decorate it to look like the object…. you decide!

Once you have completed your creative response just take a photo and send it with your name and class to year5@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk. All responses will be added to this page.

This week’s object is a glazed bowl from late 12-century Iran, painted with a sun design. It is a special type of pottery made by adding ground glass to clay. Hopefully we will be seeing a bit more of the sun again soon!

This object is from the collection of the Ashmolean Museum, and was part of their #IsolationCreation challenge.

There are some tips on different artistic techniques here which might give you some ideas!

What do you feel like creating today?

Art-e-facts week 2

This is the second of our new weekly challenge: Art-e-facts. It is a fun, creative activity to keep you busy while school is closed, and it’s open to staff, pupils, parents – anyone who is part of the Thomas Buxton community! We know you have lots of work set by your class teachers, so taking part is completely optional.

Each week we will post an object and invite you to submit a creative response to it. Your response could be a drawing, a painting, a collage, a sculpture, a poem or story, you could bake a cake and decorate it to look like the object…. you decide!

Once you have completed your creative response just take a photo and send it with your name and class to year5@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk. All responses will be added to this page.

This week’s object is a roof finial (decoration) that comes from 13th century Oxford, and used to live on top of Brasenose College, part of Oxford University.

This object is from the collection of the Ashmolean Museum, and was part of their #IsolationCreation challenge.

Some ideas and helpful links for developing your art skills:

A step by step guide for drawing a portrait.

A short video about drawing portraits and using different media

You could make a portrait using clay, play-dough or Plasticine. Here is a recipe for play-dough and a link of how to make a play-dough portrait.

Have a look at the responses so far! What do you feel like creating today?

Art-e-facts week 1

From today we are starting a new weekly challenge to keep you busy while school is closed: Art-e-facts. It is open to staff, pupils, parents – anyone who is part of the Thomas Buxton community! We know you have lots of work set by your class teachers, so taking part is completely optional – it’s just a fun thing to do.

Each week we will post an object and invite you to submit a creative response to it. Your response could be a drawing, a painting, a collage, a sculpture, a poem or story, you could bake a cake and decorate it to look like the object…. you decide!

Once you have completed your creative response just take a photo and send it with your name and class to year5@thomasbuxtonps.co.uk and we will add it to this page.

This week’s object is an ammonite fossil. The ammonite was once a sea creature, living at the time of the dinosaurs, and it is now extinct. As it decayed, over hundreds of millions of years this fossil has formed in sedimentary rock around the ammonite. You can find out more about this process here.

From the Cliffe Castle Museum handling collection Image: © Bradford Museums & Galleries. This resource is licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

There are some tips on different artistic techniques here: http://artskills.lgfl.org.uk/ and you might get some ideas for responses to this week’s object here: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?term=Andy+Goldsworthy.

Some of the teachers have sent in their creative responses already, to help give you some ideas of the kind of things you could do – take a look!

We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

The carnival is coming…

Thomas Buxton will be having a whole school carnival on the afternoon of Thursday 18th July. The children in Year 6 and Year 2 have been working with an artist in preparation for the big event. The Year 6 classes worked on designs for the carnival leads and the Year 2 children started to make their costumes. The carnival is based on our STEM work (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and will be a fantastic way to end the year. Look out for more details to come.

        

Get active!

Have you seen our fantastic new art? Year one and two worked with an artist to create these brilliant outdoor murals. They have been designed by the children in a pop art style and are words to encourage active play in the key stage one playground. Check them out on your way through the school.

Summer art morning

This morning we have had an art morning in collaboration with St Anne’s School. Each year group studied a different artist and then created some work inspired by their work. There were some really exciting activities happening, from soap sculpture to spots! Check out future posts with more examples of the art we created.

 

Nursery created pictures using natural objects. We looked at the work of Andy Goldsworthy.

 

Year 1 were looking at the artist Antony Gormley, they created figures using large paper and tape.

   

Reception went spot crazy like Yayoi Kasuma. They used different media to create a spotty installation.

 

Year 6 created soap sculptures inspired by Barbara Hepworth.

 

Richard Long was the inspiration for Year 3. They used stones to create a ‘journey’.

 

Year 5 made hanging sculptures based on the work of Alexander Calder.

Year 4 cut out letters to create a piece inspired by Jaume Plensa.