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KS2 Art Club blog

February 2021 - half term!
During half term next week there are all sorts of lovely art activities you could do. You might like to:
1. Design and make your hat for World Book Day (I'm definitely going to be doing that over half term!)
2. Look back at the artists we have been exploring in our virtual art club sessions and try out some more of their ideas. Can you make some more Britto inspired signs? Or another Picasso inspired one line drawing?
3. Keep making doves from old milk containers ready to contribute to the flock of doves we’ll be assembling in the Summer term. (scroll down to find the instructions)
4. Have a look at some of these activities from the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich.
I particularly like the outdoor art activity where you look for faces in trees. I wonder which will be your favourite.

February 2021
Children’s Mental Health Week – Express yourself!

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme is ‘Express Yourself.’
Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

Researchers have found that drawing is really good for everyone’s mental health – children and adults. It can help us express our ideas and feelings, helps us relax, it can distract us, help us concentrate, improve our confidence and well-being and so much more. So we are going to keep drawing and keep improving our skills in our Virtual Art Club.

This week we’ll be looking at how Picasso expressed himself with just one line and trying to do the same. If you haven’t joined the art club yet, but would like to join in, ask to join our Google Classroom.
Or you could try some of these fun activities:


Draw you feelings.mp4

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The squiggle game.mp4

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January 2021
Virtual art club’s first home activity – Doves of Peace and Love
The Y3 art club had decided that they would like to make birds to hang from the trees in Sophia’s Garden. We can take inspiration for this from the artist Michael Pendry who creates art installations from thousands of origami doves. These doves are on a journey through churches around the world, from Jerusalem, to Salisbury, New York and San Francisco to spread message of peace and hope. A fantastic piece of art to be thinking about this week as Wednesday is Holocaust Memorial Day.
Pendry encourages communities where the doves are exhibited, to fold their own origami doves. People are welcomed to write an inspirational message, or a message of hope on a sheet of paper, fold it into a dove and either hang it up or give it to a loved one. Artist Michael Pendry said: "In their unity they stand for a fundamental human right to peace and freedom."
Listen to Michael Pendry talk about his work as it was being assembled in Sailsbury:

Les Colombes.mp4

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While we love the origami doves, we want something that is weather proof to hang in the garden. We like the idea of using plastic that is just going to thrown away. So, we are going to make our doves from old milk bottles.

You can follow instructions to make your dove here:

Or follow this video tutorial:

How to Make a bird from a plastic milk bottle.mp4

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At home, you can make as many doves as you like with your families. You don’t have to be in our art club to join in. For now, you can hang your doves in your house or in your garden, then later in the year we’ll bring all our doves together to create our own message of peace and hope.
Mrs Booth will be making a dove live in our new Virtual Art Club on Wednesday lunchtime. Anyone who like to join the art club can ask their class teacher for the invitation code.

January 2021 – Virtual art club
Art club is going virtual!
This means anyone can join in!
Each week Mrs Booth will share some activities to do at home on the club’s Google Classroom. Then on a Wednesday lunchtime, those who can will meet up on zoom for a fun activity.

Anyone who would like to join the art club can ask their class teacher for the invitation code.

December 2020 – Kandinsky inspired mobile
In art club, we decided to make things for Sophia’s garden that are inspired by famous artists. We had a look at different ideas and we all liked Kandinsky’s Circles. We had already decided that we wanted to make a mobile made of wood slices and we thought that this would be perfect inspiration for it.

Squares with Concentric Circles

We used acrylic paint pens to create colourful concentric circles on our wood slices. We are going to string these together and hang them up in Sophia’s Garden.
November 2020 – Sophia’s Garden
The Pupil Arts Council would like to create bring the arts into Sophia’s Garden.
In the Y3 art club, we have been looking around and thinking about we can make and do to make the garden feel calm and uplifting. We have made a long list of ideas, from mobiles to a giant willow hedgehog den!