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Specialist Art Group Get Creative at Broomhill

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Armed with large brollies, wellies, waterproof macs and those ever-handy ground sheets, the Specialist Art group were optimistic, but well prepared for their visit to Broomhill Sculpture Gardens.

There were lots of gasps, ‘wows’ and shrieks of delight as the children headed off to view, photograph and sketch the 300 plus pieces of fantastic artwork on display at the Victorian hotel and garden.

Although the heavens decided to open in grand style, this did not deter nor stop the specialist artists, who managed to devise shelters out of the ground sheets enabling them to continue drawing with great enthusiasm under canopy. The pupils were also lucky to chance upon a visiting artist, with whom they spent the afternoon sketching with and learning about her own artwork and experiences.

Each year, the sculpture park runs a national competition, and on this occasion the pupils enjoyed viewing the contemporary works of art, selecting their favourite from the 2018 entries. The incredible array of art, in such contrasting styles and media, made for another exciting and thought-provoking trip. Each visit unveils new pieces and different atmospheric conditions, allowing visitors the chance to see things in a new light every time.

Meanwhile, in their lessons, children from across all year groups thoroughly enjoyed revisiting colour theory and have been busy extending their knowledge about the colour wheel.

Year 4 explored kinetic art with their colour wheel spinners and loved seeing how the primary colours merged as the wheels spun around. Year 5 made colour wheel hands to adorn their folders, whilst also learning about complementary colours.

At present, Year 6 are in the midst of creating colour wheel eyes, cut-out snowflakes and musical instrument designs – their finished outcomes will be revealed soon!

The Specialist Art group have also been working hard indoors, and to a much larger scale, using chalk and charcoal to capture the shape, detail and texture of shells. They have also delved into the realms of mark making and working in a loose manner, using charcoal and paintbrushes attached to long canes. This frees up their working style and allows them to be more expressive and experimental.

The outcomes so far have been exciting and bold.

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