Art Subject Leader - Sam Joseph
email - Josephs@ojs.rklt.co.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.
Upper School have been looking at the architect Dame Zaha Hadid British Architect 1960-2016, a British Iraqi architect, artist and designer who consistently pushed the boundaries of architecture and design, experimenting with new concepts and designs. Zaha became recognised for her futuristic buildings with impressive curves and geometric shapes.
The first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize and recieved the Stirling Prize. Zaha was also the first woman to win the RIBA gold medal which recognises an individuals substantial contribution to international architecture on behalf of the British Monarchy.
Your success will not be determined by your gender or ethnicity, but only on the scope of your dreams and your hard work to achieve them.
Below is a list of tasks for Art if a pupil is absent.
Please choose one of the tasks if you are only well enough to do so. If you do not have access to an IPAD and need one for one of the tasks please can your adult contact your class teacher and we can arrange for one to be collected by your adult from the office.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon, as do friends in the year group.
Whole School PTA Fundraising Mug Project
OJS pupils have been busy illustrating their ceramic mugs as part of a PTA fundraising project to help raise money for the school and it’s wonderful pupils. Our theme was Bee Kind where we looked at the power of a kind word linking to anti-bullying week and to also a reminder to be kind to the world we live in, linked to climate change.
To donate for your child’s mug please follow the link http://classlist.page.link/Si5
Pupils developed their designs in their sketchbooks, looking at how to adapt their design to fit a new format, in this case a curved rectangular shape. Pupils also experimented with using ceramic pens and paint and how to use these on a shiny curved 3D surface which isn’t as easy as it looks. Well done to all the pupils at OJS who stepped up to the challenge and helped raise money for the school.
Thank you for helping to raise money for the PTA, please send in a cloth and bag for your child to take their mug home in on Monday 13th December.
Pupils across the school worked hard and the class got a little bit messy this week as pupils explored different ways of drawing still life and developing their confidence and expressive style when drawing. Drawing included using different mediums including chalk, graphite, paper tearing, pencil, miniature pen drawing and collage. So we didn’t get used to the same perspective when drawing, pupils moved places throughout the lesson in the classroom. Pupils developed how to really observe when drawing and to develop their own style and natural expression, breaking down the barriers of what we perceive and believe makes a good drawing. Pupils celebrated each other’s styles of drawing and art work because of their individuality. Well done from Miss Joseph for having a go, exploring drawing techniques and creating confident, expressive drawings from life.
Upper School Barbra Hepworth skills in Art
Upper School have been looking at Barbra Hepworth who was one of the most famous female abstract sculptors of the mid-20th century. Hepworth is known for her large abstract sculptures inspired by the landscape creating forms, in wood, stone and bronze.
Pupils looked at how Hepworth developed her ideas using a variety of methods and then pupils created their own paper sculptures. From these sculptures, pupils sketched the lines and curves of their pieces before flattening them and creating a rubbing which then created an abstract line drawing. Pupils enjoyed looking at how ideas developed to create abstract drawings and sculptures.
Lower School explored Still Life through the centuries and how a still life painting once symbolised your wealth and status. Through time different artists created different styles of still life through different art movements including surrealism, pop art, abstract art, modernism and expressionism to name but a few. Children looked at the art work of Patrick Caulfield to create their own Pop Art collage and outline drawing inspired by artist Ben Nicholson.
Designs for a Christmas Card for the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate
Miss Joseph December 2019
Incredible mosaic sculpture unveiled. Well done to all our Year 6 children and all the wonderful team at Craft Aid International in creating this stunning mosaic sculpture, Working Together. More details will be added shortly. We have nominated Craft Aid International for The North Yorkshire Best Community Project Award.
We are fortunate to have a local organisation, that is so inspirational with dedicated volunteers. Craft Aid International makes a difference to empower differently abled people to reach their full potential through creative skills and activities and through relationship building within our local community and further afield.
We really do need charities like Craft Aid International to continue to inspire and lead the way to make a difference on people’s lives and to challenge preconceptions of differently abled members of our community. Oatlands wishes you good luck in the awards.
On Wednesday 5th June, we have our annual Arts Exhibition to celebrate all children’s artwork at OJS. An exhibition for parents, families, friends and carers to celebrate their young artists work. Entrance £2/Adult and free entry for children.
Art Club have been really busy painting the sides for the Knaresborough bed the last few weeks and the whole school in their DT textile lessons have created hand sewn flowers. The material was kindly donated by Sofa.com. We wish our PTA, parents and members taking part in the race all the success on Saturday.
Miss Joseph and Miss Tanner
GCSE Art Exhibition 2019 Harrogate Grammar
It was wonderful to see the Art Exhibition at Harrogate Grammar Tuesday 21st May. Mrs Scarth and I had the opportunity to see some of our past students exhibiting their work. It’s incredible to see how their talents have developed and all the hard work by students and teachers. Well done and congratulations to all and we wish them good luck for the rest of their exams in the next few weeks. Thank you to Mrs Oates, Faculty Leader of Art, Design and IT at Harrogate Grammar for inviting us.
The Foxes during French Week have been animating famous artworks by the French artist Henri Matisse. Using The Stop Motion App and animating techniques, children brought these images to life.
All year groups are working hard to develop final art works for our forthcoming Arts Exhibition in June. This is our yearly evening event where family and friends can make a donation to receive artworks created by our talented children. This year we are raising money for Year 6 taking their Arts Award to enable them to put be put forward for moderation and receive their certificate in either Explore or Discover level. We are wishing to raise as much as possible for Craft Aid International who do inspiring and fantastic work for people who are differently abled in the UK and across the world.
In Spring Term we have been preparing for Arts Week. This year’s theme, Celebrating Difference, is part of a year long programme looking at diversity within Art and Design. Celebrating Difference, celebrates people in the arts who are differently abled, whether through physical disability, learning difficulties or disability through illness.
Take a look at some of the artists we have been studying, and have been inspired by, also activities we have taken part in during Arts Week. You will find this in the Arts at OJS- Arts Week on our website.
Year 3 have been designing the Christmas cover for the magazine, The Big Issue as part of a competition. This competition was kindly brought in by Holly in Owls who thought this would be great for one of our Art lessons. The Big Issue magazine, was created to offer homeless people or individuals at risk of homelessness, the opportunity to earn an income. It’s the worlds most widely circulated newspaper. Children reflected on people who may be homeless this Christmas as part of this years, Diversity, theme in Art.
Year 6 have been experimenting with drawing and painting onto different materials using fine paint brush techniques. In this lesson children worked in miniature onto wooden building blocks and cotton canvas using water based
In Year 6 children have been looking at the artist Lubaina Himid, a British contemporary artist who was the first black woman over the age of 50 to win the Turner Prize in 2017. Children have been looking at how her art focuses on themes of cultural history and reclaiming identities.
Georgia O Keeffe inspired drawings using observational drawing techniques including how to draw multiple objects on a larger scale and drawing using perspective. Children looked at using a viewfinder to create a composition of their still life from their observations.
In Art we have been looking at the art work of Georgia O’Keeffe an American artist, who played an important part in the development of modern art in America, becoming the first female painter to gain respect in New York’s art world in the 1920’s. She was called a pioneer for painting nature in a new way, simplifying its shapes and forms. Georgia O’ Keeffe was never afraid to stand out as an individual.
Our wonderful and talented members of Art Club Speciman drawings to be submitted for the Nancy Rothwell Award. Good Luck. It was our last Art Club meeting today as many of our members are our soon to be Year 6 leavers where we wish them all the best for their next steps to Senior School. A talented group where I look forward to hearing about their future successes.
Jasmine has created a printed photography book of her beautiful flower and plant macro photographs. An outstanding final art piece.
Jack’s beautiful landscape photographs for the personal project. Incredible.
Year 5 have helped with creating tiles needed for the upcoming Year 6 production set of More! an adaption of Oliver. Mrs Evans,who built the wonderful fireplace for the set for the production asked if Year 5 could make some authentic looking tiles to put on the fireplace. In our Art lesson we looked at the work of William Morris, an English textile designer, poet, novelist and translator. Associated with the British Arts and Craft Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile design and methods of production. Children created a study each of one of his popular designs which can be seen on the fireplace.
In the last few Art lessons of the Summer Term, Year 5 have been developing their observational drawing skills. Throughout the Year we have focused sessions throughout the year groups of observational drawing to help us develop our fine motor skills, hand and eye coordination, concentration and spatial awareness. Observational drawing is also good for developing focus and relaxing us when times get a bit busy.
Saturday 26th May 2018
Congratulations to Rosa, Madeline and Katie who received their prizes and certificates, recieving a special mention for their fantastic designs making it difficult for the judges to choose their overall winner. It was a wonderful afternoon at the prize giving event at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal where after receiving their prizes, all three children and their families were able to have a look around at the Folly’s, including the winning design, The Cloud by Foster Carter, who we wish to congratulate.
I am pleased to let you know that nearly all the children’s work submitted for the Folly Competition including our three prize winning children Katie, Madeline and Rosa can be found on the following website. As well as illustrating the winning entries, it is a celebration of all of the designs that the competition received, along with some photos of the workshops. It can be seen at https://www.archikids.co.uk or just click on the link below. This is what Ruth Donnelly had to say about our talented and amazing children on the website.
"The children were so incredibly enthusiastic during the workshop, During the design task, each created numerous designs in the 15 minutes given. I was particularly impressed to see them discuss their ideas with each other. 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!"
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 couldn’t be fired due to cracking in production. But a new design for our sculpture was collaboratively created and we have had an amazing week of every child creating their own Pollen piece which will be assembled to create a huge Pollen piece sponsored by Manning Stainton Harrogate 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 this week. We can’t wait to see the finished art piece!
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.