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.