Year 2 had a superb week at school which started by Ms Wells (our visiting art specialist) guiding us step by step through our art session. The children listened with great care to her instructions and got into their stretch zone with this task. They challenged themselves as they learnt about artists and experiment with colour. The rockets were inspired by the abstract paintings of artist Peter Thorpe, the planets were inspired by the work of Brighton based contemporary artist Patrick O’Donnell. They looked at the contrasting painting styles of abstract colourful rockets and the textures of the planets. We used stippling, blending and drybrush techniques. Their first challenge was to use a pencil to sketch a rocket or an astronaut and then they used acrylic paint to add texture to their work. Next, they started on the background and used templates to draw circles on their paper for the planets. Finally, they chose a colour and painted their background adding ‘stars’ with white paint on the end of a paint brush. Year 2 used their ten out of ten best effort today – you should be very proud of yourselves!
In our topic sessions this week, we read the book ‘The Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram and we described our favourite parts of the story. We wrote a diary entry, pretending to be Bob by writing it in the first person and in the past tense.