Art in School
This week Year 2 worked with willow charcoal sticks. This type of charcoal is made from natural willow wood. It’s generally quite soft which makes it great for free flowing strokes and blending. We practiced using this new media before we used it to create an observational drawing of St Paul's Cathedral.
Pablo Picasso - Cubism
The children in Year 2 have been looking at the artwork of Pablo Picasso. Some of his most recognisable pieces were created in the cubist style. Cubism is a style of art which aims to show all of the possible viewpoints of a person or an object all at once. It is called Cubism because the items represented in the artworks look like they are made out of cubes and other geometrical shapes. When working in this style the children had to consider:
- bold colours
- block colour
- bold, black lines
- different proportion
- strange placement
- strong shapes
Romero Britto - Neo-pop
Romero Britto (1963- present), born in Brazil, is known for his neo-pop artwork. A self-taught artist, Britto “combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work, using vibrant colours and bold patterns as a visual expression of hope and happiness”. Romero Britto has created work for many popular brands and his work is also displayed in many popular places, such as airports.
Year 2 were inspired by his emoji work.
In the past, portraits were mostly used to memorialize rich and powerful people like kings and queens. This meant the world would remember them after they died. An artist often tries to show the person’s character so a portrait might show how important someone is, or how kind, or strong.
A self-portrait is when the artist creates a piece of work showing themselves. Self-portraits are actually a key part of learning and personal development. Creating a self portrait gives the children a chance to explore shape and form, it provides a freedom for them to represent themselves and show how they see themselves. Most importantly self portraiture is about creating something for themselves, and not worrying about what other people think or how they may respond. Children will learn that doing art is, at its best, quick, simple and enjoyable.
During lockdown our children were invited to create a piece of artwork showing their lockdown experiences. Working with local artist Greg McGee as their guide they created some amazing portraits detailing their life in the midst of the Covid pandemic.
The children's art work will be combined and made into an art installation to be displayed in school.