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Andy Goldsworthy move on over….. Year 3 and 4 are coming!!

What a fun-filled art week we have had so far in Year 3 and 4. The children have been enthused by the work of Andy Goldsworthy and have been inspired to try out some of his ideas for themselves using natural materials.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with his work, ask one of the year 3 or 4 children and they will be able to tell you that Andy Goldsworthy makes his art in places where it may not last for very long. He always uses natural materials and thinks of ways to display his art that use colour, spirals or curves and most importantly, he makes it eye-catching!

Yesterday, the children were introduced to the artists work and were asked to write about a piece of his art that they had chosen. Then came the tricky bit …. They had to write about the art, but give their opinions and own ideas about it, rather than describe it!

In Class 8 we thought about the phrases that we could use that would lend themselves to writing in this style. After a brief discussion, I was impressed with the words and phrases the children had thought of:

“In particular…”

“Especially…”

“However…”

In my opinion…”

We even had someone who said we needed to be “critical” of his work! What wonderful vocabulary! In order to make our sentences a little more interesting still, we decided to use ‘EdIngLys’ to begin our writing. Take a look at Tamsin’s writing below:IMG_4435Great isn’t it! But then, so was Megan’s!

IMG_4437Everyone in Class 8 did such a fantastic job! I could post all of them!

In the afternoon, we continued along our theme of nature in art and looking at Andy Goldsworthy’s work. Once again we were inspired to imitate his ideas, but we wanted to try and keep the art, so we thought about preserving it and creating natural art that could be kept! Take a look at how we got on:

IMG_4386 IMG_4387 IMG_4405 IMG_4401 IMG_4399 IMG_4398 IMG_4390 IMG_4385They really look effective, don’t you think?

After a momentous laminating task – thank you Mrs Rooke! – we got through everybody! A lovely piece of ‘natural’ art that can be kept!

Yesterday brought us a sprinkling of snow and we were not about to let this opportunity for more artistic creations pass us by! The children wrapped up warm and began to create some really spectacular art using the snow as a medium – Andy Goldsworthy eat your heart out!

Take a look at our fab creations!!


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Let’s see what else the week brings us! I am looking forward to finding out!