Foundation Stage Art Exhibition

Students, teachers and parents were invited to come along and support the youngest members of our school in what can only be described as an "Art Fest"!

 

"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
Pablo Picasso

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Pablo Picasso

For anyone lucky enough to see it, the Foundation Stage Art Exhibition was a riot of imagination and colour. As the children and adults made their way up the stairs from the foyer of the Sports Hall to the Mezzanine floor above, a sense of expectation lay heavy in the air - what were they about to see? Genuine gasps of surprise and delight were heard as just under 200 canvases were revealed when the last corner was turned and they entered "our gallery". This wonderful sight however, does not just happen overnight, and it is worth considering exactly how we can produce just under a couple of hundred totally unique pieces of wonderful expression by children, some as young as 3 years old.

Our children have taken just as much time and effort, and in some cases even more, than any of the "Old Masters" to get their piece of work just right. The build up of work takes place throughout the third term as the children of Nursery, K1 and K2 start experimenting with colour mixing, paint textures and the various styles of many artists. At first, they use ready mixed paints, cartridge paper and brushes. As their skills and interests progress they understand how to make any colour they desire just by using primary colours and a little bit of white, using acrylic paints. Acrylics have a very strong pigment which means that different combinations can produce wildly different results. Of course, as anyone knows, too much experimenting, and you get a sludgy browny-purply mess! The Foundation Stage children have had the determination and time to produce the colours that they want.

The children also learn that while brushes are a pretty good tool to use for getting the paint to do what you want it to, they are not used exclusively. Jackson Pollock would have been proud of us, and while there were no little red tricycles driven across our canvases, we used pretty much anything else we could get our hands on in the classroom. Some children added sand, sequins, crayon shavings, small cut up paper, glue and glitter to the paint to see what would happen and if it was a good effect or not. We tried to get them to find textures and tools that worked for them, and then, which ones they preferred.

Once all of this preparation has been done, only then can the young artist add the first of their paint to their canvas. It is a magical moment, as the surface of the canvas offers a different feel to paper, and the children can initially be quite reluctant. Once they have worked on their canvas, the different textures and the ease with which they can mix the paints become apparent. This is where the fun begins. Sometimes the artist is dissatisfied with their piece, and (like a Michelangelo) simply paints over their old painting. For others, a more abstract look at colours and consistency of paint is the way forward as they build up layers of paint that, for example, resemble fire or the sea. Finally, their creation is finished and ready to be shared with the world - whether it is a wonderfully abstract piece of work or a very independent and imaginative painting that can only have come from the mind of a very young person.

Undoubtedly, after the initial gasps when the work of our young artists is shared with everyone, the best moment is saved for a few days later. In their school bags they will bring home a little parcel. It is their very own canvas, which will then be hung with great ceremony, along with the other paintings and photographs on the wall. Who knows? Maybe in twenty or thirty years this work could be worth something, as part of a retrospective collection of a famous artist who painted their first masterpiece in the Foundation Stage at Bangkok Patana School!

Matt Caldwell
Stephen Murgatroyd
Tracey Williams.

 

 

"Well done! Some of these look really professional. It shows how talented our students at Bangkok Patana really are - especially the Early Years! Well done!"

Naomi S, 7T
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

 

"The Art Exhibition is now open to the public! It will only be available to view until Thursday lunchtime, so visit now to avoid disappointment!"

Matt Caldwell, K1
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

 

"The art exabition was fun. I knew a lot of people who painted the pictures. I hope you have a lovely time there and don't miss the art exhibition!"

Sarah, 3P
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

 

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