In-between the ongoing house renovation, I nipped up to London for a week to run an Arts Week for the KS1 classes in a school. The children were aged 4-7, and I had 270 of them over a week to create 3 large pieces that could be kept on permanent exhibition in the school. This seems to have become an annual event, and although it is the most hectic and pressured timescale, I absolutely LOVE doing it. The only downside is the amount of stooping I have to do to get down to their level, plus trying not to touch heads in case I catch nits. So far no nits, and Pilates sorted out my aching back and knees.
This was done by 90 children in Year 2 (ages 6-7) over one and half days. They were staggered into groups of 6 throughout their allocated times. We took the artist Paul Klee as a starting point, and looked at his landscapes. I love his little villages and towns. We showed the children his work, talked about his art, and we broke down his style into a series of shapes and perspective tricks so they could get inspired to create.
The children started by hand printing miles of coloured paper and card with patterns in acrylic paint. These were then cut up into various sized rectangles, squares, triangles and semi circles. A huge MDF board was primed, and a basic sky painted and sponged onto it.
The fun then began when we got the children to work out a staggered townscape. They had to think about perspective, layering, scale and so on, and work from the back of the town forward as they created a collage of the shapes. Finally they added embellishments with inks and created line drawings on top to enhance the details of the buildings.
Finally the piece looked like this, brilliant and colourful, the children named it ‘City of Lights’.