Thursday, 12 November 2015

Year 4 Rome Landscapes 

A mixed media project inspired by artist 

Emmie Van Biervliet

This new scheme has proved to be a hit. The pupils have really loved the comfort of working in small sections of card, focusing on individual architectural details. No one has felt they cannot achieve. The stimulus of a new material each week and an approach to drawing after painting, has freed the pupils up to experiment fully. We have all been thrilled with the result. 

Emmie Van Biervliet is an exciting young British artist who is inspired by travelling. She creates magical environments, mixing up a pictures surface and laying unconventional materials alongside traditional ones. The surface textures are intriguing as is her use of a limited colour palette. These are all things we have aspired to put in to our own work in class.

Every child has encountered a new material for drawing and painting, mixing ideas to produce a paneled individual artwork, with details of the atmosphere or features from the magnificent city of Rome.

Initially we worked in colour using acrylic paints, inks and powder paints (sometimes in powder form, not mixed but applied directly to the surface to give interest). After painting we added drawn features with pencil over the top of our works. Below are our initial pieces.

 At the end of each session we would come together as a class to place all our pieces on the table and make a new landscape to view. We enjoyed the thrill of seeing everyone's work together, as a whole we were stronger than individually.  

Next came working in black and white. First we collaged newspaper sections on to the cardboard and then began to explore paint and tonal drawing materials to bring our works to life.

A beautiful detail of a pupils work.

Again we placed them in a group at the end of the session. Exciting!

After the black and white works we took a new approach! Drawing with plaster! We worked with mod roc to form it into shapes that represented our architectural forms. We had to work quite quickly, however we did really well. The children loved working with this tactile material and were challenged too by the nature of it. When we added drawing and paint in powder form on to the surface of this material, these pieces began to look truly amazing. 

Hows this for a detail?!

Finally we completed our individual works by placing them in a layered composition, they look awesome! Every child's work from Year 4 is represented here in this blog. We hope your enjoy our work!

Mrs Deane even has a sneaky little piece in here...can you spot it?



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