Park Road J I & N

Project: Creative Explorers
Participants: 28 Year 4 children
Partnering with: Lydgate J&I
Artist: Karen Stansfield

Taking the theme of Changing Views we will be looking at familiar views around school to investigate how, as individuals, we all see things in different ways and make different choices about capturing what we see.

We will all be ‘Creative Explorers’, exploring the inside of our school and its surroundings with our Art Kits which will include a viewfinder, paper and pencil. We will be looking through our viewfinders to frame a scene either close to us or in the distance, then translating what we see onto paper as evidence. Then we’ll transfer our evidence onto foam board which we we’ll cut out to make printing blocks so that we can print parts of our scenes onto paper and card. Using everyone’s prints we will build one big three-dimensional scene or ‘sky line’.  Armed with our view finders we’ll walk around it to each seek out a view that we like, then Karen will help us photograph our chosen views using a camera and tripod.  Everyone’s photo will be printed up as a postcard for us to send messages on and display in the exhibition.

Session 1- 28th February

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Today was our first session as‘creative explorers’.  We all had a clip board with a selection of plain and coloured papers to draw on with either a pencil or a pen. It was sunny so we took advantage of the good weather and went to draw outside in the playground.  We walked around looking through our view finders to ‘frame’ a scene which we found interesting, looking at the shape of the school building, the houses which look onto school and the equipment in the playground. Our last compositions of the day were indoors, where we all sat on school’s beautiful staircase with its intricate rolled iron banister.  These drawings were more intimate due to the restricted space we were working in.  We were looking for forms and patterns which differed from the things we had studied outdoors, where we  concentrated on scale, shape and texture.  Karen – artist

“I liked sitting down and drawing in the playground, it was relaxing and I was enjoying the sunshine”

“I liked doing everything; my best drawing is of our Rose window”

Session 2 – 7th March

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Today was our second session and we were very pleased to be doing art again for the whole afternoon. We looked at the drawings we did in our first session and chose one to make into a printing block. We made our printing blocks with polystyrene sheets.  We used a pencil to draw our lines into the polystyrene by carefully pressing down onto it, which created indentations where the ink couldn’t go. When we were ready we inked our blocks and printed them repeatedly across a sheet of coloured card to create a linear rhythm of a townscape across it, then we left them to dry. While we waited patiently to go to the printing table we worked onto another sheet of coloured card where we used oil pastels to draw a view of the Batley skyline we can see from our classroom  window and playground. Karen – artist

“I enjoyed pressing my pencil into the polystyrene, it made a squeaky sound and my print looked very realistic”

“I learnt that if I wanted to do words and numbers I had to draw them backward, to ‘mirror’ them to make them work”

Session 3 – 14th March

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Today was the day for bringing all our work together to make our images for our postcards. We worked in small groups to create a ‘townscape’ from the block printed and drawn images we had done in the last session. We looked at our pieces of work and made decisions about how to cut them into a ‘skyline’.  Some were easy as we had printed buildings, others we more abstract so we drew a fresh skyline onto them to cut round.  Each group had a silver reflective base to construct its townscape on and crepe paper to make a backdrop. As a group we had to discuss and decide how to layer our buildings in front of each other and the backdrop, with bigger shapes at the back and smaller shapes to the front so that nothing got lost. Once we were happy with our artwork we all got to take a photograph of the town we’d created from the angle we found the most interesting. Karen – artist

“I learnt a lesson that I am not rubbish at art!”

“I liked all of it, working out how we could make our flat pictures into a village which stood up”

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