Class 8’s focus during Arts week has been the rainforest. We have used a range of artistic techniques to create a variety of animals, trees and plants that you might find in the rainforest. Some cute and adorable, and others ginormous and scary! Throughout the week, we have used clay, paint, pastels, chalk, collage and different materials to create some beautiful pieces of work.
Firstly, we used techniques learnt throughout the year in our Art lessons to complete a sketch of a rainforest leaf. We used special sketching pencils and paper to carefully draw the leaf and we worked really hard to ensure they included all of the features, such as the veins and the jagged edges. Then we began getting messy! We used clay to sculpt spiders, monkeys and snakes. It was quite tricky because it was so fiddly but we persisted and tried our hardest! We had to leave them to dry for a few days before we could paint them. We then practised our circulism drawing technique with chalk and created some great frog pictures. We added features to the frog and to the background. To finish off our first day of Arts week, we watched Class 7 perform their song about the beach – they were brilliant!
On the second day, the Year 1s drew a slithery snake and the Year 2s drew a scary tiger! We carefully followed the step by step instructions and we were so pleased with the outcomes! We attentively coloured our pictures in, ensuring that we coloured up to the lines and didn’t leave any blank spaces. After breaktime, we began our collage lesson by looking at photos of the rainforest and discussing the different features. We then worked collaboratively in pairs and used different materials to create the tree trunks, tree tops, flowers and vines. We even used kitchen roll tubes to shape the tree trunks! We ripped or cut different types of paper and scrunched them up to create a textured effect on the tree tops. It was very satisfying to see a blank page get more and more full of our amazing work. The classroom was quite messy but we soon tidied it up with our ‘helpful hands’! After lunch, we got crafty using pipe cleaners, lollipop sticks and beads to create butterflies and dragonflies. These were quite fiddly but we carefully followed the step by step instructions. We then created the backgrounds for the butterflies and dragonflies by dragging various shades of green oil pastels across a piece of paper and then painting leaves on top. We used the wooden end of our paint brush to create the veins on the leaves and it looked really effective!
The next day, we got the paints out and did blow painting to effectively create the colourful feathers on a parrot. We used our paint brush to add various colours to the parrot and then used a straw to blow the paint in the direction of the feathers. It looked extremely beautiful because the colours started to blend together! After breaktime, we painted our clay models and had to concentrate extra hard to use a fine paint brush to add the small details. In the afternoon, we spent time exploring and experimenting with different percussion instruments to imitate the sounds of various rainforest animals. We then learnt a song called ‘A Walk through the Rainforest’ and put this together with what we had learnt with the percussion instruments. The final performance involved us singing the song whilst taking it in turns to use our instrument to create the sound of a frog, monkey, toucan or tiger! Despite feeling a little nervous at first, we then confidently performed this in front of Class 7 and Class 9 and Miss Payne was so proud of us! It felt like we had created a Class 8 band!
On Thursday morning, we put on our PE kits and took part in a dance lesson in the hall. We discussed how various rainforest animals move and, in small groups, we decided how we could imitate this within a dance. We had so much to think about because we had to listen to which animal we could hear in the music, perform the move and ensure we were moving to the sound of the beat! At the end of the lesson, we all put together our ideas and created one final dance performance. It was amazing and we all tried our hardest! After break, we got the sketching pencils back out and followed a step by step video of a chameleon (year 1) or a toucan (year 2). We then used crayons to neatly colour our animals in. Some children added leaves and background features to their animals too! In the afternoon, we collaged a flower by cutting out various colours and sizes of petals and we overlapped them to create a 3D effect. Then finally, we created a spooky bat by placing a template on a large black piece of paper and using various colours of chalk to scrape lines on the outside of the template. We then used our fingers to blend the colours to create an impressive effect and removed the template to leave a fabulous silhouette!
On the final day, we got messy! We dipped the palm of our hands into either brown paint or grey paint and printed it on our piece of card. Can you guess the animals we were making? Sloths and elephants! We then added features to bring our handprints to life. We added a face to the sloths and large hanging ears to the elephants. We also added vines for the sloths to hang from and trees for the elephants to eat from! It was great fun! After that, we used paper plates that we had painted earlier in the week to create frogs and monkeys. We added 3D features to the paper plate animals which enabled the monkeys to hang and the frog’s eye to move! Finally, we collaboratively made a ginormous viper snake that was five A3 pieces of paper long! We used scrunched up pieces of black and yellow tissue paper for the slithery body and red tissue paper for poisonous tongue.
We all worked incredibly hard throughout the whole week and it was fabulous to see our wonderful creations around the classroom and on our Arts Week display. Miss Payne and Miss Sheppard were incredibly proud of every single child. Some children said ‘it was the best week ever!’ and have said ‘I’ll never forget this week!’.