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Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week is Children’s Art week!

 

Over the past months, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how essential creativity and the visual arts are for learning, connecting and well-being. The theme for this year’s Art week is: The Natural World – Connecting with nature, to encourage children to get creative and active, improving their health and well-being, whilst having fun.

 

For their creations, Children will need to:

 

  • gather items for their artwork – berries, leaves, grass, stones, pebbles, bark, cones, branches, greenery, petals, plant/flower buds etc. This can be from a park, the woods, a beach, garden, school playground, etc. Please remind children to treat the environment with respect and be mindful of how much or where they pick things from.
  • Use the collected natural materials and decide how they want to create their artwork. While there is no restriction on the size of their artwork, they must be able to take a photo of it.
  • Take a photo of their artwork and share it with us via the class Seesaw app or tweet us using our twitter handle: @GascoigneSchool

 

Children can also create a song or musical soundscape to encapsulate all their favourite things about the natural world. They can make a rock pool puppet theatre, get creative and draw, paint, photograph or write a poem about the natural world.

 

Please encourage children to send their artwork to us by the 20th of July 2020.

 

Remember to have lots of fun and we look forward to seeing all the creative work!

Now for the fun part! We would like all children to create a piece of natural artwork and share it with us. Each year group has been assigned a land art focus or artist to use as inspiration:

 

EYFS

 

 

Printing with natural resources

https://artfulparent.com/flower-printing-with-liquid-watercolors/

https://artfulparent.com/printing-leaves-on-fabric/

https://www.playfullearning.net/resource/collaborating-nature/

https://artfulparent.com/nature-art-for-kids/

Nature fairies

https://childhood101.com/kids-art-flower-fairies-other-colourful-collage-creatures/

https://www.accessart.org.uk/botanical-fairies/

http://www.willowday.net/2016/11/fairy-leaf-puppets/

Year

1 & 2

 

 

 

Mandala and land art using natural objects inspired by James Brunt, Richard Shilling, Andy Goldsworthy and Kathy Klein

Mandala Art

https://www.playfullearning.net/resource/making-mandala-art-with-kids/

http://www.willowday.net/2017/04/make-flower-mandalas/

Kathy Klein

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/02/new-flower-mandalas-by-kathy-klein/

https://www.boredpanda.com/nature-mandalas-mie-andersen/?media_id=1352303&utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=organic  

Land Art

https://artfulparent.com/richard-shilling-on-land-art-for-kids/

Richard Shilling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1o2GCUqWk0&vl=en

Andy Goldsworthy

https://www.livingyourwildcreativity.com/art-gallery-1-mitchell-1

Year

3 & 4

 

 

 

Natural minibeasts

https://drwong.live/art/design/natura-insects-series6-crafting-insects-made-flowers/

https://safeyoutube.net/w/B5E5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQEbm7jH1Vc&app=desktop

http://www.landartforkids.com/section345879.html

Animals and sea creatures

 http://www.willowday.net/2016/06/make-clover-caterpillars-and-daisy-dogs/

https://www.fabartdiy.com/fab-ideas-on-stone-art-design/

https://www.floraforager.com/products/pink-unicorn-print

https://www.creativeinchicago.com/2014/01/shell-art-on-the-beach.html

Year 5

 

 

 

Natural shapes and patterns inspired by Richard Long, Tim Pugh and Jon Foreman

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/long-small-white-pebble-circles-t07160

https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/artists/richard-long

https://www.lissongallery.com/artists/richard-long

Tim Pugh

https://www.timpugh.co.uk/

Jon Foreman

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/04/jon-foreman-land-art/

Year 6

Nature portraits/self-portraits

https://blog.jungalow.com/2014/05/face-the-foliage-2.html

https://sistergolden.com/collections/flower-art-prints/theme_frida-kahlo

http://naturewhispering.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/natureart6.jpg

https://sistergolden.com/collections/flower-art-prints/theme_famous-faces

Ben Wormald, Seaweed drawing on the beach

https://www.accessart.org.uk/drawing-with-stuff-the-big-draw-online-with-accessart/

Extra challenges

http://www.landartforkids.com/section340960.html

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