The whole of St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Edwinstowe engaged in a week devoted to art and produced some outstanding work for their efforts!
Mrs Tanya Bee is the Early Years Foundation Stage teacher and Art Lead at St Mary's and said that children’s work reflected their hard work. “Each class was inspired by a different artist while making links to the Christian value of thankfulness- we are thankful for who we are!"
“In the foundation stage we made links to the artist Frida Kahlo. The children were fascinated by her story and her headbands. I started the project with some guided drawing on whiteboards and introduced children to a set of simple steps that would help to shape their drawing. Allowing the children to explore first gave them an increased confidence and opportunity to develop their ideas before I introduced a different scale and medium.”
Tanya said she also explored a variety of materials children could work with. “After exploring freely with the 'sumi ink' in play, I set the children the challenge to paint their portrait just like Frida. At this point the children didn't need any direction from me they knew exactly what they wanted to do! Allowing them the freedom to create at this stage is what makes each child's portrait unique."
Teacher Tanya said that children are familiar with this approach to art projects and always respond with interest and enthusiasm. “They often request guided drawing or creative opportunities. Developing children's skills or engaging in a guided draw before working on a final piece allows every child to be successful and feel empowered by their marks.
Maria Parkin is Head Teacher at St Mary’s C of E Primary Academy and said, “The art week was a wonderful display of our children’s talents and the work they produced was truly inspirational. Children should be proud of their efforts and their love of the subject shines through in their work.”