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Travelling the world through art

Travelling the world through art

Saturday 21 May 2022

Travelling the world through art

Saturday 21 May 2022


Pupils at a local primary school have travelled to India, South America, Australia and Africa - without even leaving the classroom.

Today is World Day for Cultural Diversity and Dialogue (21 May).

After looking at how languages may be used in schools in future to increase inclusivity and cultural understanding, today, we turn to art.

Art Subject Leader at Victoria College Prep Simone Le Feuvre shared how the school been using art this academic year to travel the world and learn about different cultures...

"On the last day before the October half term holiday, the whole of Victoria College Preparatory School participated in a Multi-Cultural Art Day.

Each year group carried out art activities from a different continent and parents were invited into school to both support the boys, share artefacts and in some cases their first-hand knowledge of the art and techniques of their culture.

To India...

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Year 3 looked at Rangoli art and had a go at their own on filter paper as well as having a talk and demonstration from one of our parents.

The boys also had a go at Madhubani Indian folk art producing some amazing birds and fish.

To South America...

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Year 4's art took them to South America and they had so much fun producing their llama heads on vivid patterned backgrounds, They also had a go at work inspired by Peruvian textile Maximo Laura.

The boys were also lucky enough to have workshops with local textile artist Cathryn Ward and produced needle felting inspired again by the work of Maximo Laura. The boys in textile club went on to make their own felt stuffed llamas!

Year 3 also had workshops recently involving felt making and needle felting with Cathryn Ward - producing some colourful and vibrant Rangoli patterns.

To Africa...

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Year 5 produced work inspired by black history artist Lois Maillou Jones, as well as looking at African art and artefacts.

To Australia...

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Year 6's art took them to Australia with some amazing aboriginal art and boomerangs being made. Their activities required a high degree of patience and resilience to produce an amazing array of boomerangs and aboriginal animals and patterns.

...and back to school

The buzz and excitement throughout the school was incredible on the day.

Afterwards, the hall was awash with artwork from around the world and was a sea of colour. The boys not only learned about different cultures but in the process they also had a great, fun filled and productive day. It was a lovely opportunity to involve parents again and enrich the boys' learning and understanding of art from different cultures."

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