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Illuminated Letters

This term Grade 3 and 4 students have been learning about the medieval art of Illuminated Letters. Students learnt about the monks who produced the scriptures, the materials used to make the artworks and how gold was transformed into gold leaf to be used in the artworks. Over the term, students practiced writing the first letter of their name in medieval fonts and Celtic knots. They then chose an animal that they felt represented their personality to integrate into the design of their artwork. Here is a selection of their wonderful work!

Bastet mixed-media artworks

As part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term the Preps have been learning all about the ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet. Ancient Egyptian’s believed Bastet was the goddess of love, family and the home. In many artistic representations she is depicted as having the body of a woman and the head of a cat. Through a series of guiding drawing lessons, Preps learnt how to draw a cat, followed by learning how to use watercolour paints. Preps also had the opportunity to practice their fine-motor skills by cutting and gluing a border around their artwork, which demonstrated basic collaging skills.

Ancient Egyptian Portraits

As part of the Ancient Art unit this term the Grade 1s and 2s have been doing some portrait sketch studies inspired by ancient Egyptian Pharaohs . Their attention to detail and ‘free’ drawing style is simply amazing. This is the first stage of the project, so stayed tuned for more about these portraits in the coming weeks!

What’s happening in art this term?

Ancient and Medieval Art

Preps

This term in art, the Preps will be travelling back in time to learn about ancient civilisations and their unique art forms. Prep students will be starting with Egypt, with a particular focus on the icon of Bastet – the Egyptian god. Whilst learning about the cultural and spiritual significance of Bastet, students will create a painting, which depicts Mau’s stature and iconography. Keeping with the theme of Egypt, students will create Egyptian collars, which will enable students to focus on their design and detail skills.

Grade 1 and 2

As part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term students will explore the art of ancient Egypt, with a particular focus on Pharaoh inspired self-portraits. During this artwork, students will learn about hieroglyphics and Egyptian gods. Students will turn a photograph of themselves into a painting, which depicts them as an ancient Egyptian King or Queen.

Grade 3 and 4

Grade 3 and 4 students will be travelling back in time to Medieval England as part of the Ancient and Medieval Art unit this term!  Students will be learning about the art form of medieval calligraphy and Celtic design. Armed with this information, they will create their own interpretation of the art form using their initials as basis for the work. This work will aim to help students understand the cultural significance of ancient scriptures and calligraphy and the aesthetic influence of Celtic stylisation.

Grade 5 and 6

Grade 5 and 6 students will be transported back to when the Egyptian empire ruled supreme! Students will learn about the ancient Egyptians obsession with death and the after life, their burial rituals and the astonishing art, which adorned their tombs. Students will create a ‘royal’ portrait on gold paper, which will then be placed on a sarcophagus-shaped piece of paper, which they will design and paint in the style of Tutankhamun’s famous sarcophagus.

Hogwarts inspired Coat of arms

In Term 3 Grade 5/6 students looked at the production design of the Hogwarts house banners. Over the course of term we discussed the symbolism of animals used in heraldry and the colour choices of the art department of the Harry Potter films and the meaning behind the colours they chose. Students had to select an animal that represented a part of their personality. To see these fantastic works, please visit the office or the second display outside the art room.

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Grade 1/2 Ancient Egyptian inspired self-portraits

As part of the Ancient Art unit last term, Grade 1/2 students learnt all about ancient Egyptian portraits. The focus was on texture, symmetry and identifying artworks which are asymmetrical. Students learnt about hieroglyphics and wrote their name in hieroglyphics on their artworks. They used sand to create texture and oil and dry pastels for a splash of colour – a true mixed-media artwork! To see these vibrant artworks, please visit the school foyer.

Grade 5/6 Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagi

Term 2 was all about Ancient Egypt for the Grade 5/6s. Over 12 weeks, students learnt the history behind royal Egyptian burials and created these intricately detailed artworks. Students focused on pattern, repetition, balance and contrast and the results are truly stunning! To see these works, please visit the display outside the art room late next week.

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Illuminated Letters by Grade 3/4

Art has been a bit of a history lesson this term! Over 10 weeks, students learnt how to draw realistic animals, celtic knots and medieval calligraphy. In addition to all this technical drawing, the students also learnt about the history behind illuminated scriptures in Medieval England. The brief for the students was to pick an animal that they felt represented their personality. Although you only get to see the finished pieces, it would be worth popping in to the art room with your child to have a peek in their art journals, because their developmental designs are just as stunning as the finished works. We did some fantastic learning this term  – enjoy!

Prep’s make Egyptian Scarab beetle collars

What a lucky art teacher I am to teach these amazingly creative kids! I promised the Preps a photo shoot with their works of art and today was the day! These beautiful photos are of the Preps and their Egyptian scarab beetle collars. It took them 4 weeks to complete these dazzling pieces of art and they learnt a lot about drawing beetles, creating texture with metallic paint and sequins and how to make patterns. I will take some close-up photos of the works soon, but in the mean time, enjoy these snaps!

Developmental sketches by Grade 1/2

Here’s a sneak-peek at the Grade 1/2s first development sketches for the Ancient Egyptian self-portraits. Last week we learnt how to draw portraits in profile (quite a tricky thing for adults to do, let alone kids!) and how to draw ancient Egyptian headdresses. Sometimes I forget these students are only in Grade 1 and 2, as their drawing skills are incredibly skilful for their age! Watch this space for the finished artworks!