Colour and the Cut-Outs

Art Week and the Squirrels’ Summer Exhibition: The bi-annual Art Week at WCPS and our summer exhibition is proving very popular with budding Squirrel artists and gallery visitors.

During Art Week, each class had a special art lesson taught by Donagh Curwen. We are extremely grateful to Friends of Squirrels who funded this Artist in Residency, which gave everyone the opportunity to make exciting projects with a real artist!

Reception made wonderful, decorative mirrors using David Hockney’s exciting “joiner technique”. Year One made spectacular mobiles, inspired by the abstract art of Wassily Kandinksy. Year Two used clay to turn their Henri Matisse animal collages into vibrant 3-D sculptures.

To prepare for the exhibition, each year group chose a famous artist to study.

The boys in Reception were introduced to the work of Hockney. They looked at a variety of his pictures and made their own representation of “The Arrival of Spring” using oil pastels and watercolour paints.

The Russian artist Kandinsky was Year One’s chosen artist. Focusing on the theme of shape and pattern, they investigated different textures to create wonderful collages of trees.

After seeing the Matisse exhibition at Tate Modern, Years 2 and 3 were keen to create their own ‘cut-outs’. Each boy designed a collage based on their favourite animal. They looked carefully at the Colour Wheel to help choose the most effective combination of colours.

We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to:

  • Our Artist in Residence, Donagh Curwen, for providing such exciting resources and ideas.
  • The Friends of Squirrels Committee for sponsoring our Artist in Residency and for hosting our exhibition at the Summer Fair.
  • Jayne & Emma at Images School Art Exhibitions for curating the exhibition and framing our works of art.

Well done to all the staff and boys at WCPS for your hard work and unique artistic creations!

Miss Dennis

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