Shoes! Creative Stars termly review

We’ve had another great term at Creative Stars with a mix of 2D and 3D pieces.
The children began by extending their skills in observational drawing and created the most wonderful shoe drawings. By highlighting the visual elements of line, pattern, shape and tone, the children are learning to look and ‘see’ like an artist. I always encourage the children to pretend their eyes are binoculars and this really helps to focus their looking, examine what they see more closely then record their findings on the paper. The children also used graded pencils to express tone and shadow.
We also looked underneath our shoes to notice the array of patterns which hide beneath our feet. The impressions we made in clay were transformed into the first footprint on the moon, something which is iconic and recognisable the world over.
Our artist study this term was Henry Escobar, a French contemporary artist who paints in bright colour splashes. A series of works he did focused on different types of shoes so he was perfect for our learning. By looking at his painting of trainers, the children used oil pastels to design their own bright and vibrant response which we then added a 3D effect with the addition of laces. The children were asked to look at the background of Escobar’s work to try and determine how he had created his marks. The children were quick to establish the white smudges with chalk and then the fun paint splatters. I was expecting and prepared for paint everywhere but actually the children were so sensible and more intent in creating the perfect background for their piece. They really are turning into such focused artists! The finished pieces were truly amazing, eye catching and something I hope the children are proud of. I very rarely teach the same thing twice but this is a project I would definitely repeat!
Finally, the children created treasure boxes from a shoe box. They first created a textured base using kitchen roll and a paper mache technique. Using an array of collage materials, they then built upon this base to create layers and textural interest including shells, foam, wood chips, sequins, card and buttons. So many children commented on how much fun this was and they were very much in their own little creative bubble needing little help from me! The whole box was then painted black with a touch of silver on top to replicate the appearance of metal. I do hope the children use their boxes to store their little treasures and memories.

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