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Year 3 and Year 4 children from Heronswood Primary School took part in a tailor made Myths and Legends workshop on a recent trip to a Birmingham Art Gallery. The visit was an exciting end to their ‘Mythical Mayhem’ topic.

 

The children started their visit with an introduction on Fine Arts and the history of Lady Barber and the gallery. The children were encouraged to be art detectives and look closely at paintings and sculptures to work out clues.

 

The first piece of art work was a 2000 year old Roman reproduction sculpture of Venus/Aphrodite. This reminded the children of the links between Roman and Greek Gods. They then moved onto a painting of Greek legend Alexander the Great. The children had great fun practising their Alexander the Great poses! They also learnt that in the past, paint was made using egg yolk and beetle blood!

 

Next they learnt about a sculpture of Hercules. Some of the children dressed up to recreate the 10 Labours of Hercules and they learnt about Zeus and Hera. The children finished their tour of the gallery by looking at a painting from a scene of Jason and the Argonauts.

 

The children then learnt about real clay modelling techniques in the galleries specialist art room. Each child made a clay hero or heroine from a myth or legend to bring back to school. Some children were extremely creative and made their own mythical creature. Back in school the visit has inspired the children to come up with their own legend name. They posed like a legend and then sketched a portrait of themselves.

 

Joseph from Year 4 said, ‘I liked playing the part of Hercules because it helped me to learn about the sculpture that we saw’.

Neve from Year 4 said, ‘I found it funny that boys sometimes wore dresses in the paintings!’

Year 3 class teacher Mr Andy Logan commented that, ‘The visit to the gallery was a rich and relevant end to our topic. We wanted our children to experience an appreciation of art and culture alongside the links to our curriculum’.