During Arts Fortnight, the Year 4 children have been learning all about the 50s! We studied popular artists of the time.
We looked at the art of Jackson Pollock. He was an American artist who painted in an abstract style. Pollock invented ‘Drip Painting’, where paint is dripped or poured on to the canvas from above. Pollock was often very unhappy and he used his art to express his feelings. This is why many of his paintings use dark, gloomy colours. However, we were feeling happy, so we decided to use bright colours in our work. For many children this was the highlight of the week. For once they were allowed to splash paint!
We also looked at the art of Salvador Dali, who was influenced by surrealism and used the images from his dreams and in his subconscious to improve his creativity.
His most famous piece of art is called ‘The Persistence of Memory’. We used clay to make our own melting clocks, which were inspired by Dali’s paintings of melting clocks.
The children found out about L.S. Lowry, who was appointed as the Official Artist at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. We looked at the one of the paintings that he created of the Queen’s Coronation and attempted to copy a part of it.
During Arts Fortnight, we have enjoyed performing a dance to ‘Rock Around the Clock’ using popular moves of the era. This is available to watch on Teams.
We have had a great fortnight with lots of laughter and fun!