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13 artistic techniques a child should know – LJS on show at the Yarrow Gallery, Oundle

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.

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LJS Art Day Part 3 – Watercolour Bubbles

After lunch we had another visitor to Year 2. Anna normally runs a Watercolours club after school for Years 5 and 6 so we were very excited to find that she had come to work with us in Year 2! Anna showed us that we would be painting 1 large circle and 2 smaller ones. We could choose from 3 colours but needed to use a different colour for each circle. We painted the largest one and then pressed a piece of bubble wrap on top to make a pattern. In the first small circle we used wax to draw a picture or wrote our names which then showed up as if by magic when we painted with watercolour! We then scrunched up some white tissue paper, falttened it back out and glued it on to the third circle before painting it with one or more colours. The effect was fabulous and really enjoyed the session.