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Henry Moore and other British Artists

GIACOMETTI in Class 10

Class 10 have investigated how to draw the human figure in our sketchbooks.

We then looked at how the sculptor, Giacometti, who worked predominantly in Britain and who sculpted the human figure in metal. We practiced drawing in proportion and then studied our own bodies during P.E. and our gymnastics lesson.

We have been challenged by Mrs Kirk to make 2 figures depicting a mirror, matching or counter balance with a 2 figure sculpture.

Today we all gained 3 dojo points for perseverance.

Matching balances
Matching balances
Matching balances
Matching balances
Mirrored balances
Counter balances
Counter balances
Twisting and sculpting
2 hands are helpful!

Class 10 have studied the sculpture of British artist, Anthony Caro.

We experimented and played with shapes to create abstract sculptures. We considered the 3-d nature of our maquettes; how they changed from different angles, how some angles were better than others, which positions seemed to have more energy than others, how the sculpture worked in relation to the table, did the colours enhance or distract and finally the interaction when viewed on a coloured surface.

We were adventurous and individual despite starting with similar shapes. We persevered whilst making the sculpture self-supporting.

Anthony Caro's abstract metal sculptures

Our new literacy theme is based on the book, 'Perfect' by Nicola Davies. The main character is full of awe and wonder at the swifts that visit his neighbourhood every summer. The character helps an injured swift and this experience helps him come to terms with something sad in his life. 

Therefore, Class 7 looked at the work of modern sculptor, Celia Smith who works in wire. We have explored swifts in our sketchbooks just like Celia does and then developed our sketches into a wire bird.

Celia Smith in her studio.

Our new Creative Course is based on the sculptor, Henry Moore. Often recognized as one of Britain's best artists, Henry loved shapes and forms especially of the human figure. The reclining figure was particularly important to him and he returned to this theme again and again.

We looked at his drawings as well as sculptures and were particularly interested in his drawings of the London Underground during the war, and the way blankets curved around the figure and made solid forms. Many of his most abstract sculptures look as if a blanket has been thrown over a figure and he sculpted the solid mass of form and then the holes or gaps between a bent knee or crooked arm.

Following our drawings in 6b, charcoal and chalk and graphite sticks, both small and extra large, we will sculpt in clay.