REVIEW FOR ART 2017/2018
The past year has been a fantastically creative one at Guiseley Primary School. At the start of the year we again made fantastic use of the Leeds 'Artemis' Picture lending service. I went to choose the paintings and the following day, ten large frames of work were delivered and then displayed around school. The children's response to the art work was great and the pictures were used as a topic of conversation in class. Sadly this service was terminated in March 2018 due to LCC budget constraints. All pictures and artefacts are now being catalogued and stored at Leeds City Museum and I look forward to hearing about new opportunities for schools to access these works in the future.
Inspired by last year's staff training session from Tony Bullock (visiting Artist and Art's in Education co-ordinator for Bradford CC) the artwork around school has been of a particularly high standard this year. Lots of his ideas have been used very successfully in class projects, such as 3D masks made from cardboard and newspaper, detailed watercolour sketching, vibrant printing pieces and interesting paper collage camouflage designs.
We have again worked with artist 'Dan the Den Man' in Year 3. Dan comes from a sculpture background and worked with the children and staff to encourage thinking about space, shape, form and stability in a large 3D context. This was enjoyed enormously by all involved and I am told that all groups managed to create a stable structure by the end of the day.
Our International Week in October and our WOW week in March continue to be fantastic artistic outlets for staff and children and were both a huge success. The end of week classroom displays were beautiful, interesting and imaginative. Some of my favourite displays were the delicate Chinese garden sculptures, the bright colours of the carnival flags and the beautifully designed clogs.
Our after school Lego club continues to be a very popular choice with the children, and Mrs Turner and Mrs Dalton ran knitting club for the fourth year.
Another aim for this year was to follow last year's art sensation that was our rainbow giraffe herd. This time, our whole school art project was based on the topic of recycling. After leading a staff meeting full of possible ideas for the project, I encouraged staff to chose an area to focus on. After much discussion, staff thought the children would be fascinated by 'Art in Fashion'. This was an enormous success, and all children in school were supported in creating an outfit design made entirely from recycled materials. It was then the teachers' job to turn these 2D designs into reality! I collected 4 mannequins from Guiseley High School in May and over the next 6 weeks they were transformed into dramatic catwalk models. The children worked hard to overcome problems such as how to successfully secure a skirt made from 80 crisp packets, and how to paint bubble wrap ruffles on a matador jacket's sleeves. The stunning fashion collection was successfully exhibited, and much admired, twice in this Summer Term: first at the Aireborough Art Exhibition in Guiseley Methodist Church Hall, and then in our new entrance hall, which has proved to be an excellent place for a permanent exhibition space in school.
Assessment of Results
Children achieve very highly in The Foundation Stage. In ALL year groups children make good progress. More children are above expected or at expected standards by the end of the year.
Many thanks for your continued support and here's to a creative 2018/2019!