Today we visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and we had the best time. We are learning about the artist Henry Moore in our art sessions so we went to see some of his sculptures up close for some inspiration.
We got to travel there on a double decker bus. Do you think we were excited?
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is absolutely full of sculptures by lots of different artists and they were different shapes and sizes. We didn’t know where to look first.
Our first activity was to look at some sculptures, designed by the artist KAWS. Click here for more information about KAWS.
We talked about what we thought they were, what they were made from and how we thought they might be feeling. Each of these sculptures were made from different types of wood and made to last outdoors in all weathers.
We then split up into groups to use clay to see if we could try and make one of the sculptures as a group. We were able to work together to share ideas and think about the different shapes and lines that we could see. Even the adults got involved as well and we had lots of fun!
We think that clay sculptures look amazingly like the real thing! What do you think?
For our next activity, we saw a sculpture called ‘Dream City’ by Sir Anthony Caro. Click here for more information.
From looking at the sculpture, we were able to use our imaginations to see lots of different shapes within the sculpture so we used some 2D shapes to help us to recreate what we saw.
After lunch, we had a short walk across to the other side of the park to find the Henry Moore sculptures.
Henry Moore was a British artist and sculptor who created these open air sculptures out of bronze. Click here for more information on Henry Moore.
We looked at the shapes, shadows and lines that we could see in each sculpture and then we had a go at sketching these.
We have had the best time today and we want to thank all of the adults who came with us and helped to make our day even more enjoyable.
Come back soon to see how our own sculptures turned out!
How to continue the learning at home:
- Look at the shapes in objects and have a go at drawing them.
- Use sketching techniques to add light and shadow to drawings.
- Use plasticine or playdough to make your own Henry Moore inspired sculptures.
- Visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at the weekend to see the sculptures.