Our final line of inquiry in 'How We Express Ourselves' focused on the reasons why artists create and the function that art plays in our wider society and culture.
We spent time thinking about what drives an artist and came up with many ideas such as emotion, money, politics, religion and fame. It was an interesting debate which widened our understanding of what could inspire artists to create. We also had the opportunity to explore the kind of culture we have established in 3C and what we need to do to cultivate an even more inspiring and fun class culture.
G3 have been busy creating critiques of famous works of art. We have been trying to ignore other views and the reputation of the art, and instead focus on what we see and what we believe is being expressed in each piece. We have been trying to identify the elements of art in each picture, state the parts that we like and then try to interpret what message or story each artist was trying to communicate.
If you have some free time and would like to read all the 3C critiques, they are on display outside the G3 classrooms.
Preparing for the Exhibition...
All the children worked incredibly hard preparing for our big 'Art Exhibition'. They synthesised all their ideas and attempted to bring them all together to share a true account of their memory in art, drama and music.
The children have worked very hard and, even though this was a solo project, they have been excellent at offering help, advice and support to each other as the projects evolved.
As we near the end of G3 we will be aiming to give the children more opportunities to work on larger projects where they have to take responsibility for their time management, organisation and presenting skills. These are essentials skills that will help the students flourish and be successful when they progress up to G4.
Art Gallery (Exhibition part 1)
The art gallery looked wonderful and was possibly my personal highlight of our three part exhibition. Each stand was very well set out and was very appealing to the eye. They all had headlines for each memory, the conceptual ideas behind the art and the blurb explaining more about each piece of work.
What was even more impressive than the visual, was the confidence and the passion that the children had when engaging with the audience and explaining the ideas, emotions and process behind their work. A big thank you to Ms Asa for inspiring the children to create so many exciting and interesting pieces of art.
Drama Performances (Exhibition part 2)
Performing in the black box was a very exciting second part of our exhibition which allowed us to express the same memories, but through a different art form. All the children who performed showed that they were risk takers and the performances were gratefully received by the audience. A big thank you to Mr Durin for helping G3 develop these performance pieces.
Music Performances (Exhibition part 3)
The final part of the exhibition was sharing our memory through music. Each child created an original piece using a whole variety of instruments and techniques. This was a wonderful part of the exhibition and showed another layer of the emotions that came from each child's memory. Thank you to Ms Alicia for assisting G3 and encouraging the children to create such exciting pieces of music.
Our new 'How the World Works' Unit
Our new 'How The World Works' unit is underway. We have been looking at this transdisciplinary theme descriptor and working out which part of the descriptor G3 will be connecting with over the next 6 weeks or so. We have also unjumbled our new central idea and have been looking at which skills we will need to successfully navigate ourselves through this unit.
Lots has happened in this unit already and some parts of TIS have even been dug up as we ponder what is underneath the ground. More from this exciting geology based unit in the next blog.
Growth Mindset of the Week
A huge thank you to thos who came to the Art Exhibition earlier this week. It really did mean a lot to the children and they loved sharing their work with you. It was particular nice to see so many parents engaging with, not just their own child, but with other members of the class too.
Remember, there is no school on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
Have a great weekend,
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