Chestnuts Primary School ART Challenge!
Art has the wonderful ability to provide an outlet and means of retreat in times of unease. Artists have always risen to the challenges of life with some of the greatest artworks produced in the most difficult of circumstances. Many of us may now face a lengthy period at home and I want to encourage you to use this time to be creative.
Below is a list of websites that you can access for inspiration. Why not explore their resources, take on activities and research artists that interest you?
I would also like each child to create a piece of work on the theme ‘Community’ , promoting a sense of togetherness and encouraging us to think of others.
Explore what ‘community’ means to you. Is it school, families, is it your local area, your friendship group or even a club or team that you are a part of?
Make sketches to generate ideas!
Paintings to inspire you....
‘Children coming out of school’ by L.S Lowry
Gustave Caillebotte, Young Man At His Window,
Keith Haring, untitled (people), 1985
Consider why they link to the ‘community’ theme. Think about how they were painted and the overall feeling of the paintings.
Your task is to create artwork in any media. It could be a collage made from magazines/newspapers or a drawing , painting or sculpture.
The criteria is a ‘small work’ in two or three dimensions measuring no larger than 20cm by 20cms. One benefit of a theme like this is that many pieces can be displayed within a relatively small space. It also challenges artists to focus their ideas by narrowing down the size and scope of the work.
A well-considered composition is vital.
Lastly, as well as this, I challenge you all to sketch for at least 10 minutes every day. Fill a sketchbook, draw on post-it notes, scribble on napkins, it all counts! But draw something different each day.
A chair or table, family member, vase of flowers,
a cup? How about a piece of fruit or an interesting vegetable, the view from a window or a plant?
Or you can draw anything you like, it doesn’t have to be a real thing!
Wizard, space ship, unicorn, fairy, fantastical beast or an imaginative landscape?
When you are back at school you will have a body of work to look back on!
I wish you all the best. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay creative.
Special thanks to Matt at PATN for letting me tweak his art plan!