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During the week beginning Monday 16th of October, Heronswood Primary School held their annual ‘Arts Week’.  The focus this year was on learning new skills and developing previous knowledge and understanding.   Of course, there was lots of mess and fun thrown in too!


Each phase throughout the school had a different focus working towards a final outcome.

Reception and Year One evolved their understanding of art by creating leaf collages and mixing paints. They focussed their work on Tony Orrico who is a visual artist, performer and choreographer. Through his work, he explores the idea of his body as a measuring tool.   The artwork produced by Orrico can be seen as a form of human spirograph. The children, like Orrico have been looking at how they can use their entire body movement to create images.

Year Two developed on their previous knowledge of colour and painting.  Jackson Pollock provided inspiration; looking at his methods and work as inspiration for their final pieces of three large canvases. Pollock is an American artist made famous through the movement of Abstract Expressionism in America of which he was a key exponent.  The children had great fun imitating the technique that he used, as Pollock dripped and poured paint over his work, in an almost dance like theatrical manner.

Year Three and Four have been looking at the technique of mono-printing. The children have been learning a new method to add to their bank of artistic skills, where they created fantastic detailed prints through a simple and effective process.    It may have been messy, but it was great fun!

Op Art (short for Optical Art) was the focus for the oldest children in school. The idea behind Op Art is to give the viewer an impression of movement or hidden images. Op Art is best known for its black and white contrasting pieces, however the children have also been experimenting with a variety of colours and images as preliminary sketches working towards larger canvases to display across the school.  The children have experimented with different skills to produce stunning results!

Mr Sutcliffe, who organised this fun-filled week reported, “The week has been a fantastic enrichment experience. Children and teachers have been truly inspired to create a plethora of amazing art!  It is delightful to see how much enjoyment children can get from art.”

If you would like to arrange a visit, to look around Heronswood Primary School then please book an appointment with the school office – 01562 69750. 



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