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Spring 2

Welcome back everyone. I hope you have all had a lovely February half term holiday and you have enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. The children will be getting busy this half term learning new skills and techniques in the art room. I am looking forward to seeing some amazing work again just like last half term. Watch this space!

Year 1

Year 1 have been learning about the local, Wakefield born, sculptor, Barbara Hepworth. They have been looking at examples of her work and talking about the shapes, hollows and materials that she used to make her sculptures. They looked at a famous sculpture called ' The Family of Man' and they used clay to create their own interpretation of their family using shapes and hollows. Some children also used plasticine to make their sculptures.

Year 2

Year 2 have designed and made their own monster hand puppets using felt and sewing. They had to think about what features they wanted their monster to have and draw and cut out their design in felt using a paper template. Well done year 2!

Year 3

Year 3 have been looking at ancient Chinese textiles this half term. They noticed that lots of the designs had natural objects in them, mostly flowers and plants. They started their learning by looking at different flowers and observing them carefully and sketching them in their sketch books. Next, they created a simple floral design that they could sew. They practised sewing using running stitch on a piece of fabric before they began sewing their flower. 

Year 3 have also looked at Chinese landscapes and how they are represented in a traditional way on banners and crockery. In the first lesson , the children looked at how traditional Chinese landscapes had been carefully, hand painted on to plates, bowls and jugs. They created their own Chinese landscape, including a temple, mountains, trees and birds. Finally, they added a pattern on to the rim of their plates. 
In the next lesson the children created a Chinese landscape on a traditional banner. They had to work really quickly using pencil and water colour paints. They created a horizon line and we talked about perspective - objects getting smaller in the distance. 

Year 4

Year 4 have been learning about the local sculptor, Henry Moore who was born in Castleford. They have looked at lots of different examples of his work and the materials that he used when sculpting. The children noticed that many of his works were all about the human form either reclining or standing. Year 4 created their own sculptures, in clay, of a figure. They had to use scoring to join their clay together and they added hollows. Well done year 4!

Year 4 also experimented with tin foil and sculpted some figures using this material. They looked closely at the human form. The children loved making these and were amazed at how quickly they came together and the realisation that they could manipulate their figure and change its position. Well done year 4!

Year 5

Year 5 have been learning about the work of Claude Monet, in particular his paintings of water lillies at Giverny in France. They used water colour paints and poster paint to build up the layers of the painting and to add details. They payed particular attention to the light and dark areas in the painting and tried to recreate this in their own painting.