Mini Mondrian and diddy David Hockney
Chalfont St Peter pupils enjoy a week of art events
YOUNGSTERS embraced their inner artists during a special week at Chalfont St Peter CofE Academy, where they explored the work of a number of modern and contemporary artists.
Children at the school took part in the annual Arts Week – Artists in Action, in the week just before half term.
Some of the activities they participated in were oil pastel circle designs in the style of Kandinsky – created whist listening to 12 different pieces of music – pastel and water colour swimming pools based on David Hockey paintings and Mondrian inspired squared patterns.
Another popular session was designing hats in a Pop Art style, based on ideas from Peter Blake, which the children then wore in a fashion show display in the hall. Street dancer Dave led dance sessions for every class and at the end of each day the children performed to their year group.
Wire sculptures artist Darcy Turner – who’s own wire cutting and tape dispensing machines caused much interest and involvement – inspired the children to create wire and silver tape artefacts, ranging from jewellery to animals, Wembley Stadium and a hanging basket.
The week culminated with a visit from the Image Theatre Group, performing the Oscar Wilde tale, The Selfish Giant.
Several children were invited to perform in costume alongside the actors and the whole school was involved in singing the songs throughout the production.
Arts coordinator Brenda Meek said: “It has been another amazing Arts Week. When I first joined the school I initiated this event, never dreaming it was going to take off in such a dramatic way each year. It has evolved to become a highlight of the school year and many of the children tell me it is the best week ever.
“It takes a great deal of organisation and all the staff work hard to provide wonderful activities. Comments such as these make it very worthwhile.
“It also showcases our promotion of the arts, which was recognised last year when we achieved the Artsmark Gold award for the third time.”
Image Theatre present The Selfish Giant. Left, Harry Bond, Archie Hill Year 5. Below, Year 6 pupils make Pop Art hats
Monica Pratap and Zakib Arnould with their Kandinsky Patterns. Left, Safa Moghul and her Pop Art hat
Verity Matthews, Holly
Barker, Year 4