Do you remember way back in October we spent a whole week being creative? Well the organisers ofThe Big Draw thought that you deserved an award for your hard work and creativity!
1,250 events took place in 1,100 venues across the UK . Out of all these Big Draw programmes, wewon a Runner Up award for The Living Picture.
We have been invited to the British Museum at the end of this month where we will collect our award.
I'd like to say a HUGE well done to everybody who took part. Thanks to all of the staff at the school, without whom our event could not have taken place. Thanks to the parents who came and led workshops and of course to you guys for being so enthusiastic, creative and for producing some amazing work!
Every pupil and member of staff has time to be creative
Barrow Hill Junior School wins a prestigious Drawing Inspiration Award for a top 2008 Big Draw event.
Barrow Hill Junior School and event organiser, Arwen Roberts, Art Coordinator, will receive a prestigious Drawing Inspiration Award from the Campaign for Drawing for the successful event they created for The Big Draw 2008.Last October, 1,250 events took place in 1,100 venues across the UK. Out of all these Big Draw programmes, Barrow Hill Junior School won a Runner Up award for The Living Picture.
For a week, classes took part in a broad range of drawing activities, using different media to bridge the gap between science and art, and to link to their Modern Foreign Languages studies in Italian. Each year group had a different focus for creating and illustrating their own books – some individually, and some in groups. Year 3 made collaged concertina books after studying Eric Carle’s stories; Year 4 constructed pop-up books, Year 5 painted the view from Primrose Hill in watercolours, representing the four seasons; Year 6 animated their drawings. Some activities were based on books and others introduced particular skills and techniques. Members of the school community shared their creativity, enthusiasm and skills by leading workshops. Staff offered ideas and support, enabling all the children to be creative, and to enjoy drawing, talks and a cross-curricular workshop using recycled materials.
At The British Museum On 30 March Barrow Hill Junior School will receive its Award and a commemorative certificate designed by leading illustrator and Campaign patron, Quentin Blake. The winning event will be illustrated in the Campaign’s new book, sent to thousands of museums, galleries, schools, heritage and community venues as inspiration for the Campaign’s tenth birthday Big Draw in October 2009.
The Big Draw sweeps the UK each October with a drawing bonanza, involving an estimated 350,000 people in exciting, and often unusual, creative activities.Children, parents, grandparents, conservationists, designers, artists, cartoonists and scientists meet in venues ranging from castles to shopping centres, national galleries to village halls, libraries to hospitals, universities to nature reserves – to draw with charcoal, paint, light, even skateboards and robots!
Sue Grayson Ford, Campaign Director, comments “Barrow Hill Junior School fully demonstrated the Big Draw’s aims of bringing people together, engaging them creatively and supporting active learning – all through drawing.I am amazed how organisers constantly expand the boundaries of drawing by bringing vast amounts of enthusiasm and imagination to their events.”
The exhibition runs from 4 Oct 2008—2 Jan 2009, but the workshops are on Tuesday 28th October and Thursday 30th October between 10.15am - 1pm. You will need to book on to the workshops, by calling the Royal Academy on 020 7300 5995 or email email@example.com
'I use drawing as an extension of my brain. It is the ones done with spontaneity that give me most pleasure and help crystallize an idea.'
So the week has come to an end... it has been wonderful walking around the classrooms this week, witnessing the amazing work going on in each class. The whole school has been busy drawing, painting, printing, animating and creating.
A big THANKS to everybody for all your enthusiasm, hard work and creativity.
Photographs from today will be up on the blog next week and we'll also be busy mounting work from this week, ready for our exhibition which will be the week of 19th October.
'To young children, drawing is as natural an activity as running and playing but, as we grow and develop, in general we drop the drawing - why? It's sad that so many people lose this ability: for me, drawing has always been a natural form of expression.'
Gerald Scarfe, Campaign for Drawing Patron
'The artist, Paul Klee, once said that drawing, quite simply, means taking a line for a walk. If you look at it like that, The Big Draw is a stroll, on a national scale.'
Sir Christopher Frayling, Chairman, Arts Council England & Rector, Royal College of Art
Our art week started with an assembly this morning - introducing the week and creating a line library in our drawing books. Here are some of today's photographs...
More photographs in the Art Week - Big Draw 2008 album...
The Big Draw is the Campaign for Drawing's flagship, with some 1300 drawing events across the UK each October. This month-long season celebrates creativity, and encourages experiment and enjoyment. It takes place in national museums, regional galleries, castles, parks, schools, libraries, community centres and village halls. Drawing is a universal language which unites people of all ages, abilities and cultures.
The Big Draw extends the vocabulary of drawing and challenges conventions and preconceptions. It shows how pencil, pen, chalk or the computer mouse can inspire observation, imagination and invention. Drawing connects us with our environment and helps us to see, think and communicate.
The Campaign has revealed and animated and organised an extended national interest in drawing. It has allowed people to draw, and to gather together to draw, in the same way that they gather together to sing. It has brought thousands of people into our galleries and museums. Many of these might not otherwise have come; and almost more importantly, the Campaign for Drawing has, noticeably, altered the relationship of these visitors with the institutions. They arrive with a purpose, their interest has a focus. This is a triumph of the best kind of accessibility…establishing the importance of drawing not only as a mode of self-expression but a tool in learning and in science and design.
As I mentioned in the previous post, in a couple of weeks time our art week will be underway and again, the focus will be drawing - linking to The Big Draw, which is organised by The Campaign for Drawing.
'The Campaign for Drawing has one aim: to get everyone drawing!'
'Everyone can draw.' Posy Simmonds
'Without some drawing each day, there's no proper seeing. That's how it is for me.' Andrew Marr
This weekend is the Big Draw launch 2008. This free festival in London launches The Big Draw 2008 - a month of national drawing events.
There are some amazing sounding masterclasses, performances, workshops, screenings and talks happening over the city starting on Friday - some require tickets but some are drop-in events. Take a look at the website here.
Here are some examples of the 'Journeys' that we've been working on in Y4 over the last term. I am very impressed with them all. There is a link to the 'Journeys photo album', which can be found on the right hand side of this page.
In Year 4 our topic this therm has been 'Journeys'. We discussed the use of symbols and looked at some symbols that people use to represent objects. I asked the children to design symbols to represent the sun, rain, wind and fire. Here are Antonio's ideas:
Way back in March, we celebrated world book day... we looked at the Elmer series of books by David McKee...
...and then we designed our own 'Elmers'.
I have now scanned and uploaded the ones that were given to me and have organised them into photo albums, which you will find on the right hand side of this page. If yours is not there, or you weren't here when we did them, come and see me and I'll give you a sheet so that you can make your own and then I'll add it to the blog :)
Last winter we looked at snowflakes and the different ways they could be represented with pencil and paper. The children created lots of snowflakes in their drawing books before choosing their favourite and reproducing it on a circular piece of paper. I stitched the 'snowflakes' together and hung them like curtains on the windows around the school.
As these have now been taken down, I thought that we could make some summery ones to brighten up the windows.
We are in the process of repeating the above, only this time creating lots of Sun.
Here as some examples of the Year 5 & 6 studies from their drawing books. Hopefully everyone will have had the opportunity to create their own sun by the end of this week so that I can stitch them together and have them brighten up our windows with their rays of light next week!
I am in the process of uploading photos from everyones drawing books - check them out!
'This event was organised by students from Camberwell College. You could do all sorts of things. My favourite was making a plush doll. A plush doll is a square doll that is made out of fabric. You had to choose fabric and stick it on. You could write on your doll as well. Here is mine...
These were some of the other events at Tate:
An invisible maze you had to go through and beat the clock.
Need a seat?
Make yourself a lovely seat and take it home.
The best thing about it was that it was all free and you could take home whatever you made!'
In our reading group over the last couple of weeks, we have talked about the illustrations in picture books. I asked the children in the group to choose their favourite illustrator and to explain why they like their work...
"I like Lauren Child's work becasue the pictures are realistic, some of them are drawn. The pictures that Lauren Child draws must take a lot of time because they are so detailed. Lauren Child uses real wallpaper, photographs and fabric in her illustrations. Lauren Child is one of my favourite authors/illustrators."