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Art

Art Subject Leader - Sam Joseph

email - sjoseph@oatlands-jun.n-yorks.sch.uk

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.

24th April 2018

Clay Workshop with Anna Whitehouse

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!

23 March 2018

5M and 5T take part in Arts Committee workshop ideas.

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5M and 5T took part in workshop activities created by Arts Committee for their presentation to The Mercer Gallery next week ( See Arts Committee Page for details).  Workshops were inspired by the exhibition currently on at the Mercer Gallery,  A Woman’s Work: Women Artists in the Harrogate Fine Art Collection. This is celebrating the centenary of women being able to vote in the UK.  The workshops included looking at techniques used by female artists in their work, use of colour, imaginative drawing and narrative, thinking about successful female authors such as JK Rowling and creative painting and collage celebrating diversity and being proud of who you are. All children enjoyed taking part and were pleased with their art works created in the lesson. Thank you Arts Committee.

World Book Day March 2018

An exciting day celebrating World Book Day. In Art,  I had the chance to share with children in Year 4 my love for books and literature and my favourite book when I was a Year 4. This was the The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshoppers Feast by Alan Aldridge and William Plomer based on the poem by William Roscoe in 1802. 
Children enjoyed hearing the poems and had a go at studies of the vibrant illustrations within the book. 
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Year 5 Photography

Year 5 took photos of their sculptures using mini studios and photographic techniques.
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Members of Miss Joseph’s Art Club have been busy painting the walls outside the library of illustrated book covers of classic and popular children’s books.

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Have a wander down our library corridor to see some of our amazing finished paintings.  Well done Art Club.

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More to follow over the next few weeks.

IVE Arts Award Celebration Week

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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.

Abstract drawing techniques inspired by our clay pollen pieces.

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3M and 3H preparing art work for the Wonderful Windows event organised by Oatlands Community 23rd & 24th February. See the art work in Marks and Spencers.

Year 3 have been looking at different ways of deconstructing, reconstructing and interpreting the British Flag inspired by artist Tony Cragg. By using different mark making techniques 3M and 3H created 5 abstract paintings inspired by the British Flag and thinking about British Values.
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5th-9th February 2018

Take a look in Arts Week, (this years theme, Contemporary Arts) in Arts at OJS and updates in Class Pages for all the exciting arts activities, workshops and projects taking place.  Year 6 are working towards their Arts Award, while Northern School of Contemporary Dance are delivering workshops to all the children at OJS.  The Mercer Gallery has brought the gallery to our children in lower school and local artist Anna Whitehouse is working with the children in our exciting ceramic project Pollen sponsored by Manning Stainton in Harrogate. Children in Year 5 and 6 took part in workshops whilst on their visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

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Photography

Children are encouraged to share their artworks which have been created outside the classroom. Jack in Year 6 shared these stunning and creative photographs taken whilst out with his family.
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Congratulations Madeline, Katie and Rosa

 

Folly! Architecture Schools Competition - National Trust & North Yorkshire Society of Architects

‘ 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.

Madeline Awarded Commendation and Best in School

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Katie Awarded Commendation

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Rosa Awarded for the Shortlisted Category

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Spring 2018

It’s a busy start to the term across the school in the Art lessons as we begin to prepare for Arts Week starting on the 5th February.  This years theme is looking at Contemporary Art and what concepts are within art works.  Children across the years have looked at art that makes a statement and how art can have a voice.  

Self Portraits

 

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. 

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Drawing Proportions of the Face - Year 4
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Skin Tones - Watercolour

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. 

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British Values

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.

 

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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!

 

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Year 5 - developing ideas for a new Oatlands Junior School

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Year 6
Architecture - Autumn 2017
Folly competition Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal – North Yorkshire Society of Architects and The National Trust

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After applying to take part in the competition we were successful in being accepted to have a workshop provided by North Yorkshire Society of Architects. Children had the opportunity to  work with architect Ruth Donnelly from Doma Architects Ltd in a special architecture project.  We were also delighted to have Emma from the National Trust at Fountains Abbey who came to have a look at some of the ideas created in the workshop.  Both were impressed by the  imaginative and creative designs by children at Oatlands  during the workshop.  Thank you Ruth Donnelly for the great workshop which we all thoroughly enjoyed and learnt how to think and work like architects.
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Letter from Architect Ruth Donnelly

‘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’.

Kind regards
 
ruth donnelly
BA(hons) BArch(hons) DipPPM ARB RIBA
RIBA National Councillor 2015-2018

 

From 2D drawings to 3D models of our Folly’s

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See some of the wonderful designs submitted for the competition. Good luck to all 
our Year 6 children who worked hard on their designs.

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Architectural Drawings with Watercolour Painting Techniques

Year 6 have been developing their watercolour techniques and applying them to their architectural drawings. This week’s focus was to add layers of paint to create shadow on our buildings thinking about a directional light source, in this case the sun.
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Drawing at Oatlands

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Digital and Mixed Media

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Painting at Oatlands

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Sketchbooks in Art

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ART & DESIGN AWARD 2017

 

This award is given to an individual who demonstrates commitment to Art and Design throughout their time at Oatlands Junior School.  The recipient of this award is an inspiration to others in attitude and creativity through Art and Design.
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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.

Arts Award 2017

Congratulations to Year 6 leavers who passed their Discover or Explore level in Arts Award.
At Oatlands we offer Arts Award at Discover and Explore level in Year 6.  Arts Award is a certification in the Arts that supports young people to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges. Year 6 created a portfolio to record and reflect their creative journey.
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