This term year 2 have been learning to make paper constructions. They learnt different techniques for folding, twisting and sticking paper and experimented with these ideas, sticking them onto black card. They then looked at a sculpture by Jordan Parah called, "Up Up and Away". They established that it was based on a hot air balloon and discussed how they could use the techniques that they had already learnt to make their own 3D artwork.
The children learnt how to use wax resist and water colour paints to make a background and then created hot air balloons using paper, but sticking them in a way to make them look 3D. Finally we looked at some abstract art by the paper artist Naomi Kendall and they made their own artwork based on her ideas. We turned the lights off and looked at the shadows in our work.
Since returning to school we have been learning about colours. First of all we talked about the primary colours which are red, yellow and blue and we then investigated what would happen when we mixed these colours. We all created colour wheels and learnt that the secondary colours are orange, purple and green.
After that we looked at some photos of different animals. The animals were really well hidden so we had to look hard to spot them. We learnt that the animals were camouflaged and we were given the challenge to create our own camouflaged painting.
First we had to choose an animal of our choice. We then had to mix up paints to make the colours on our animal and we had to paint two pieces of paper with the colours of that animal. Finally, we drew the animal on the back of one of the pieces of paper, cut it out and stuck it onto the first piece. Then we had to use a pen to carefully add some detail such as eyes, a nose and whiskers. We produced some excellent work and some of these are now displayed in our art studio. We enjoyed sharing our work in class.