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Year 1 & 2 Lowry Trip

Posted on October 11 2018

Year 1 & 2 Lowry Trip

Last Friday the Year 1 and 2 children very excitedly boarded the coach for their first trip of the year. When we arrived we had a quick look around and the children told us about some of the shows they had been lucky enough to go to. Then it was straight down to business! Getting creative!

Year 1 were so excited to meet their artist for the morning who had planned a bespoke African Art workshop for us that linked with our “Let’s go on Safari’ topic. The children impressed the artist with their knowledge of Africa.

The children started off doing pencil drawings of African animals. The children used simple shapes to create the body and then added features and detail using patterns. After the children had practised drawing their animals they created some very detailed and wonderful designs on polystyrene, then printed them in African colours. While some children finished their prints the rest of the children practised drawing repeating patterns using oil pastels.

After the children had mastered repeating patterns they used their skills to create an African picture using collage, watercolours, oil pastels and pencil. They started off drawing a pattern for the border using only two colours.  Then they drew their animal onto a separate piece of paper and used a range of tissue paper and cellophane to create their sunset or savannah background adding details and patterns with oil pastels. Finally, the children cut out and stuck their animal onto their background and finished them off with a little bit of water colour to make the border stand out. The children had the chance to walk around and look at everyone’s artwork before it was time for lunch.

After lunch the children walked around the gallery and drew some landscapes and portraits, mostly of Mr. Tucker! At the end of the day just before it was time to go home, Year 1 enjoyed conducting their own art competition. The children had a fantastic time and created artwork they should be truly proud of.

Whilst Year 2 were busy in their African Art Workshop, Year 1, clutching their clipboards and pencils, headed off to the gallery. After having a look at the Lowry landscapes and seascapes we sat down to draw ‘Going to the Match’. Paul, our artist, explained how L.S. Lowry had won a competition with this painting, and if you look carefully you will see the people are in the shape of the Union Jack. This painting is now worth £7.5 million! Paul talked us through step by step how to draw this, starting with shapes we know and then building up.  We used graphite sticks to smudge our work and everyone was very impressed with what they achieved. Back in the classroom, we cut out some buildings and then built up some street scenes with ‘rubbings’ a technique everyone enjoyed.

After lunch Year 2 had a quick walk over the bridge to the Imperial War Museum to look at the iconic poppy sculpture: Wave. After trying to count them we learned there were actually 5000 poppies...wow!

We all thoroughly enjoyed our Lowry visit and learned lots. A fantastic first trip which has inspired us to get creative back at school.

Miss Robinson

Click here to see some photographs from our trip.

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