Art Subject Leader - Hannah Alderson
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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 despite Anna working trying to save them. Sometimes this can happen 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!
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.
6M have been looking at the artist and ceramicist Gordon Baldwin. Born in 1932, Gordon Baldwin studied painting and pottery, first at the Lincoln School of Art and then at the Central School of Art and Design in London. Strongly influenced by contemporary sculpture, he began handbuilding clay in the 1950's using a variety of techniques. He has made work in both earthenware and stoneware, often reworking and refiring pieces several times. Children have been looking at the sketches and drawings by the artist and have created their own looking at their own Pollen sculptures made with Miss Joseph and abstracting detail from them.
‘ 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 their own architectural building 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