October started creatively at Adswood with the school’s first Art theme week in association with ‘the big draw’. The theme for this year was ‘PLAY!’ so pupils and teachers prepared themeselves for a week of exploratory and messy fun!
Mrs Spencer started the week with an assembly that involved children and teachers in games of Pictionary and ‘doodle with a difference’ or drawing whilst blindfolded!
Children started each day with ‘kick start art’ activities and all pupils and staff made a personal sketchbook to use in class and at the outdoor sketching stations at break and dinner times.
On Tuesday lower KS2 got to work with Leon from Graffiti Stars and created amazing panels reflecting the school’s values – all suggested by the children.
Wednesday we were so lucky to welcome the amazing Land artist Richard Shilling to EYFS and KS1. Working in the willow garden children used found, natural materials to create a beautiful leaf art curtain within the trees.
Mrs Spencer had fun working with different classes all week: Year 4 continued making their Class Oldenburg inspired food sculptures, Year 3 and 3/4 created window installations looking at colours and mood and the shadow sculpture of Jacob
Hashimoto, Year 5 worked beautifully with clay to build a mini city of towers and Year 5 and 6 began to create panels for our Adswood Hive project. Watch out for more information on this soon!
Classes collaborated on ‘Draw the week’ doodles, #be-your-selfie selfies, and eco friendly artwork for the Hexagon project. Our Creative play day posed the question ‘What can you create with a piece of string? and showed the range of creativity present across the school with bowls, bows and pull paintings created!
The week concluded with a celebration assembly where Mrs Spencer presented certificates to the first Adswood Artists from each class whose work will be displayed in the school entrance.
The week was a huge success, with all children and staff entering into the creative spirit with enthusiasm and a sense of fun. Children had a chance to develop new skills and techniques, explore a range of mediums and increase their knowledge of artist and their work.
After a week of making, creating, exploring and getting messy feedback was extremely positive particularly from one pupil who ended the week with the comment ‘ Can we do art week again next week, miss?… Of course! But maybe once we’ve had a little rest!