This week’s Lion’s Roar features still life artworks created by Year 5.
Year 5 students have been learning about famous still life artists such as Paul Cezanne and Vincent van Gogh. Still life paintings have particular meaning, either personal, societal, cultural, religious or philosophical, prompting discussion in the concepts of identity and culture, comparing the significance of 19th century paintings with modern day still life works.
The artistic process began with identifying primary sources; photographic images of fruit. Students were encouraged to generate a number of sketches before finalising their individual piece, working towards an ethic of excellence, drafting and redrafting, reinforcing observational drawing skills. For the final render, children prepared initial pencil outlines of the images key features. Applying watercolour, students were able to shade the fruit incorporating tonal value, form and texture; combining and blending colour variations. Finally, the children added further textural detail and highlights to enhance the realistic nature of their work. Throughout the project, individuals received continual feedback in order to enhance learning and facilitate progression, leading to the production of an accurate, well resolved and refined still life painting.
An Art education helps students cultivate creative problem-solving skills and enables difficult concepts to be presented and understood visually. Artistic studies facilitate the development of fine motor, language and social skills as well as decision-making, risk-taking, and resourcefulness or originality. The Arts enable the integration of other disciplines supporting cross-curricular alignment, driving critical thinking. Art appreciation teaches students to observe and perceive the world through the eyes of an artist, in detail, with colour and vision. The arts challenge every learner, at all levels.
An Art education is hugely beneficial through the relationship it provides for students to connect with their own culture as well as with the wider world. A report by Americans for the Arts states that “young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognised for academic achievement…than children who do not participate”.
“Creativity takes courage”
– Henri Matisse