Art Subject Leader - Sam Joseph
At Oatlands Junior School we aim to inspire a broad range of exciting, artistic and relevant experiences which fuels creative imagination. Art at Oatlands promotes diversity, respect and intercultural understanding, enhanced well-being, self esteem and confidence, fostering transferable skills and supporting problem solving. Children develop high standards of skills and techniques in painting, drawing, photography, multimedia, animation, printing, mixed media, sculpture and installation. Through traditional and contemporary practice children at Oatlands are encouraged to express themselves creatively and have a voice to be heard.
Art at Oatlands is recognised for its collaboration with arts organisations and its many achievements locally, nationally and internationally and celebrates creative expression and individuality for all children.
SMSC with British Values
Spiritual- At Oatlands we use our imagination and creativity in our learning and reflect on our experiences.
Cultural- We participate in and respond positively to artistic and cultural opportunities.
It’s been a busy week in the Art lessons all week as Anna came in to work with us again using clay. Sadly we were told our large clay pollen pieces we created in Arts Week sponsored by Manning Stainton in Harrogate couldn’t be fired due to cracking despite Anna working really hard trying to save them. Sometimes this can happen but a new design for our sculpture was created and we have had an amazing week of every child creating their own Pollen piece with Anna which will be assembled to create a huge Pollen piece to be unveiled in an exciting ceremony on the 12th June at 6.30 as part of our Arts Exhibition. We are pleased and privileged to say that we have the Mayor and Mayoress who will be unveiling the piece and opening our sculpture garden on our exciting evening. Take a look at the wonderful works our talented children have created with Anna this week. We can’t wait to see the finished art piece!
IVE has been sharing stories of outstanding Arts Award and Artsmark practice in schools (two different programmes created by Arts Council England that compliment and build upon each other). Oatlands was identified as an outstanding example to others, of how you can provide children with great arts and cultural experiences and demonstrating an excellent commitment to the arts. IVE is a social enterprise that is working to ensure a more creative future for businesses, teachers, children and young people. IVE supports the development of creativity as a transferable skill to improve employability and productivity. They connect young people with great cultural opportunities and aim to inspire the next generation of creative and culturally literate entrepreneurs.
Please read our story on the link above.
‘ We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Madeline, Katie and Rosa, from your school, who have both been awarded prizes and we enclose invitations for Madeline, Katie and Rosa to take home which invite them and their families to our prize giving event at Fountains Abbey in May’. Emma Manners, Learning Officer National Trust.
Well done to all year 6 children who took part in this project the standard was incredibly high from Oatlands and all together their were 1800 entries to this competition. Have a look further down this page to see how Year 6 Folly designs developed.
Year 3 and 4 have been studying self portraits this term and researching how artists create different styles of self portraits. One artist we have been looking at is Pablo Picasso where children have drawn studies in their sketchbooks investigating techniques used by the artist.
In our Art lessons we have been looking at the wide spectrum of skin tones of people around the world. Working with watercolour paints. children in lower school worked in their sketchbooks developing skin tonecolours using only the three primary colours red, blue and yellow.
We celebrate individuality and know that everyone is special. We respect ourselves and others.
Year 5 Architecture Autumn 2017 - Frank Gehry
Children this term have been researching the architect Frank Gehry and his building in Paris, The Louis Vuitton Foundation Building a centre for Arts and Culture.
Children have been exploring the App, Apprentice Architect created by Touch Press and discovered how architectural buildings are designed and created. This has included looking at architectural features designed by Frank Gehry using the virtual tour of the Louis Vuitton building within the App.
Children learn how Frank Gehry develops his design from 2D to 3D using digital design and what he is inspired by to create such unusual buildings. Children will then develop their own ideas to design a new Oatlands Junior School in the style of Frank Gehry!
‘Thank you so much for inviting me to present the architectural workshop to your year 6 pupils.
The children were so incredibly enthusiastic, which was wonderful to see. They were all quiet during the presentation, engaged with the presentation material and were keen to answer any questions asked.
All pupils were full of enthusiasm during the design task, and created numerous designs in the 15 minutes given. I was particularly impressed to see them discuss their ideas with each other.
They all picked up on the scale task and translated this into the secondary design task when they drew their design on the template. Scale is quite an arbitrary thing, so it was very impressive that they picked up on it so quickly.
Pupils were very keen to share their designs with the class at the end of the session, and expressed their ideas very clearly, illustrating very good communication skills. Most architects would not have done as well! The pupils had some wonderful ideas, and I cannot wait to see their competition entries.
I understand today is National Teacher’s day, and I just wanted to say a big thank you to you, for your incredible enthusiasm. I am absolutely certain one of the main reasons that the children were so well behaved and enthusiastic was because you introduced the pupils to the project themes in advance of the workshop’.
BA(hons) BArch(hons) DipPPM ARB RIBA
RIBA National Councillor 2015-2018
See some of the wonderful designs submitted for the competition. Good luck to all
our Year 6 children who worked hard on their designs.
Tess Eastaugh was awarded the Art and Design Award 2017 for excellence in drawing and for inspiring others with her creativity and commitment in Art and Design.