Artist in Residence

Over the last 4 weeks, we have been working with our artists in residence called Soo and Charlie to create some fabulous sculptures, linked with our work on the artist Henry Moore.

We used a range of different objects to make imprints in the clay and then poured plastic of Paris over the top of it. We kept ourselves safe from the plaster dust by wearing aprons to protect our clothes and a mask and goggles to protect our faces.

We had to let it dry before we could decorate them in the afternoons.

We are sure that you’ll agree that we have made a super job of our project. Look out for them to be displayed shortly around school.

Keep checking back to our blog to have a look at the finished piece that will be displayed in school.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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?

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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.

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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.

Art in Pearl Class

This half term we are learning about the artist and sculptor Henry Moore.

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In a few weeks, we are going on a class trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to see some of his sculptures to help to inspire us to create some sculptures of our own.

Keep your eyes peeled out for the trip letter coming home soon!

In preparation for this, we decided that we need to practise our sketching techniques to help us to get things like size in proportion, adding on detail and shading with light and dark.

We had a selection of natural things to choose from and we really enjoyed ourselves. We think that we are blossoming into brilliant artists! What do you think?

How to continue the learning at home:

  • Research who Henry Moore is and why he is famous.
  • Have a go at sketching something that you have at home.
  • Try and sketch one of Henry Moore’s sculptures.