We had a very creative day on Monday 31st October with children, parents, staff and members of the public taking part in a number of drawing events. These included; STEAM inspired doodles, a drawing competition to design a new neon sign to go in the Caudwell Hall (watch this space), Making a memory box for someone who has died and drawing with robots. “Jackson’s Robots” involved creating a Jackson Pollock style giant painting by driving Sphero robots through paint using the iPads to control them. This can now be seen in the Oak Hall, so do come and have a look. Thank you very much to the ICT and DT departments for collaborating on this project.
Monday 31st October – SAVE THE DATE!
The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival and events are held all over the country for people of all ages and abilities to participate in various forms of drawing. We are holding our own Big Draw events which are open to all pupils and parents. Members of the public may also book a place at either of the two workshops listed below.
Pupils will be able to take part in drawing activities at break times, lunchtime and after school.
Parents and families may book a place at either of the two workshops listed below and they may also drop in to the Art room from 4-6pm.
Memory Box Nicho Workshop 10:15am – 12:15pm
At this time of year, many people around the world remember and celebrate the lives of people who have died. In Mexico, many people make a memory box, called a “nicho” to remember loved ones who have died, decorating them with images of things that they remember about the person. The Art and DT departments have collaborated in a workshop where you can make a “nicho” for someone. It could be for someone close to you or for somebody who has inspired you in some way. Please email Mrs Saynor at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place at the workshop if you would like to make one. If you cannot make it to the workshop, but would still like to make one, please also contact Mrs Saynor, so that she can cut one for you.
We are hoping that you would also like to display your nicho at St Paul’s Church, Wokingham, as part of their All Soul’s Mass on 2nd November 2016.
Draw with Robots 10:30am – 12:30pm
Draw a picture by controlling a robot! Holme Grange’s ICT Department has a number of devices that can be adapted to draw. Come and see how well you can control technology to draw pictures on a large scale. Please email Mrs Saynor at email@example.com if you would like to book a place. For more information about these robots, visit www.sphero.com
On Monday 10th October, ten budding artists took part in a printmaking workshop with artist Steve Gordon, who was the Head of Art here for many years. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed getting messy and experimenting with mark making techniques to create landscape inspired monotypes.
We hope to offer more workshops like this during the year, so watch this space for more opportunities.
The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival and events are held all over the country for people of all ages and abilities to participate in various forms of drawing. Mrs Saynor will be helping at the St. Paul’s Church Big Draw event on Saturday 15th October from 11am-4pm and would love to see you there. Contact details of this event can be found on the poster attached, but you can just drop in at any time.
We are also hosting our own Big Draw event on Monday 31st October, so watch this space!
Inspired by the paintings of Toulouse Lautrec, Year 7 have been making facial features from paper mache. The paper mache was moulded into individual features of the face eg the eyes, lips etc in the style used by Lautrec in his paintings.
The models were painted and varnished and the features grouped together on chicken wire for display.
The final products have been put on display outside on the wall of Eaton Grange.
For DT Year 6 have been making upcycled clocks. All the materials for their design (apart from the clock mechanism) had to be sourced from previously used items. Year 6 showed amazing creativity and innovation in the design and production of their clocks – there was a great variety of items used such as plates, buckets and wheel trims.
The class learnt some new skills such as chiseling – some had to use a mallet and chisel to carve out space for the clock mechanism.
Year 4 have been looking at using textures in art and have created some interesting models from plaster. First a clay caste was constructed – many different objects, such as forks, hessian, pencils, lids, were pressed into the clay to create textures. The casts were filled with plaster of paris. Once the plaster had solidified the clay caste was removed.
Year 7 have been looking at the work of Toulouse Lautrec. They are each creating their own relief piece of artwork, responding to a particular painting. Sam is modeling an eye. Working in collaboration he and his team will join their artwork together, to create an impressive relief portrait.
Challenge: For a possible 3 house points. Can you create a ‘how to make Paper Mache’, instruction sheet for a beginner?