On Friday 28th April Laxton Junior School’s very first art exhibition was unveiled at the Yarrow Gallery in Oundle. The work on show is the culmination of lots of hard work by every child at LJS; some of the work was completed at out whole school Art Day in February; other pieces were created during the course of the year in class or at clubs. Every child has at least one individual piece on show, as well as having contributed to collaborative work. The result is quite spectacular! It is the first time in the 44 history of LJS that we have been given the wonderful opportunity to display our work in the Yarrow Gallery.
Yesterday Year 2 visited the gallery to admire their own work as well as that of everyone else. Many of the children and adults had already visited one or more times with their families but for some it was their first sight of the exhibition. Everyone was really excited to see their work displayed in such a professional way. It was fabulous to see the progression throughout the 13 artistic techniques a child should know. We could see how our work compared to other year groups who have used the same techniques. A series of seven drawings of shoes shows one drawing from each year group, demonstrating perfectly the progression in observational drawing from the age of 4 up to 11.
We loved peering through the Reception children’s Kandinsky installation, admiring the Year 6 totem representing a murmuration and Year 3’s birds in the sky, as well as the clay sculptures from Reception, Year 4 and Year 6. We even tried to recreate the faces we pulled for our photographic portraits!
The Year 2 work on display comprises:
an installation; a collaborative piece of work which was created by weaving a plethora of textures and colours of wool, ribbon and fabric onto CDs;
photographic portraits, taken by the children of their friends using iPads and then edited by the budding photographers;
photographs of natural collages, inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy;
a cloud of watercolour bubbles showing three watercolour techniques taught to us by Mrs Anna Sanderson on Art Day;
a collaborative textile piece which includes a square of fabric by every Infant pupil; Year 2 worked with Mrs Clayton on Art Day to produce tie-dyed squares to frame the work completed in Reception and Year 1;
pastel observational drawings of daffodils on mini canvases;
Kenyan inspired tie-dye t-shirts;
Kenyan and Oundle silhouette pictures with colour-washed sunset backgrounds;
a pointillism Masaai shield, recreated using every Year 2 child’s fingerprints in paint.
The exhibition is on daily but if you haven’t yet been, you’ll have to be quick – it closes at 5pm on Saturday 13th May for the final time! It is open to the public, free of charge from 10.30 to 1.00pm and 2.30 to 5pm daily.