Foundation Stage Art Exhibition

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..

Art Exhibition

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.

Art Exhibition

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.

Art Exhibition

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!

Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition

"What a lovely event, the children worked so hard and their work is fantastic - well done everyone!"

Michelle Brinn, The Nursery Team
Friday, June 18, 2010

 

"We loved the paintings in the Art Exhibition!"

K2S, Patana School
Friday, June 18, 2010

 

"This is wonderful creative art work. Congratulations to all the students and staff."

Caroline Green, Art Coordinator
Friday, June 18, 2010

 

"I liked Finn's artwork because he used the right colours to make a fish."

Samuel, 3W
Friday, June 18, 2010

 

"The children in Year 1 loved all of the art on show - it was obvious that the Foundation Stage children had had a great time creating their individual and group masterpieces. Well done to everyone involved."

Mr. M. and 1S,
Saturday, June 19, 2010

 

"We have had a wonderful time exploring acrylic paint in the Foundation Stage. The canvases you have created are fantastic! Well done to all of our artists!"

Mrs. Sarah, N/K1
Sunday, June 20, 2010

 

"I liked the plastic chain sculpture because it reminded me of The Golden Gate bridge in San Fransisco."

Guilli, 3W
Sunday, June 20, 2010

 

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