During Arts Fortnight, Year 2 have explored art, music and design from the 1960s
We kicked off the week with a cross-curricular history/art theme and studied the 1969 Moon Landing – that’s one small step for year 2, one giant leap into Art Fortnight. We created our own chalk drawings of the moon. You might have spotted some of our use of this media on the ground outside of our classrooms. The children used black paper and blending/shading techniques to create their own pictures of the moon.
Sticking with the black and white motive, we moved on to visual illusions and optical art, taking our inspiration from the work of Bridget Riley. We had to master drawing lines with a ruler and simple pattern perspectives. It was not easy and took a lot of concentration.
Leaving the black and white world behind us, we embraced the more colourful years of the 60s and moved on to multi-coloured textiles (this is what your pillowcases were for!). The children created beautiful tie dye wall hangings. Wrapping around the elastic bands so they were tight enough to keep out the dye was definitely the most difficult part, but we had lots of fun using bottled dyes and mixing colours. We think the results are extraordinary.
It wouldn’t be the 60s without a bit of ‘flower power’, so the children experimented with rainbow art and ‘taking a pencil for a walk’. We created amazing patterns and designs in felt pen and paint. We chose the best of these to transfer to acrylic and canvas for the whole school gallery. We also made paper flowers.
For our 3D investigation we were inspired by the abstract steel and metal sculptures of David Smith and created our own abstract sculptures using recycled materials.
As for music … you might have heard everything from the Beatles to the Beach Boys coming from our classrooms in the afternoons. Throughout the two weeks we have been learning to play ‘Sunny’ the soul jazz hit by Bobby Hebb using Boomwhackers. Our dance performance is to the song ‘Do you Love Me’ by the Contours and we learned to do THE TWIST! We really hope you enjoy our video as much as we enjoyed learning the dance.