Models of Christianity

9th September 2005 at 01:00
We recently had an Art Through RE Week with Christianity as its focus.

Here are some of the activities our children enjoyed, from Reception to Year 6.

The Reception class focused on crosses and stained-glass windows. The windows were made from black card and the children used transparent coloured film. They used wood and rope to make simplified modern versions of the crucifix.

Year 1 focused on religious icons and statues. The children made their own religious icons using salt dough, and painted and glazed them. They also studied the work of an aboriginal artist, George Garrawun, to create their own aboriginal-style picture using oil pastel, depicting Jesus with the disciples.

Year 2 studied a Chinese artist, Ch'en Yuandu, and copied his style of painting in watercolours by using feathers and twigs as paintbrushes. They produced paintings of Jesus with his friends.

Year 3 children created mosaic images based on Mary, first using sticky paper squares and then using MDF board and pot and mirror tiles in blue, grey and white. They also created mono-prints using simple press printing techniques on tiles.

The Year 4 work had a photography focus; using images and photographs they took of religious statues and crucifixes, the children created a collage photo-montage.

Year 5 pupils made three-dimensional sculptures of Jesus, the saints and crucifixes. They used chicken wire, ModRoc and clay.

Year 6 children visited the National Gallery for inspiration. They used clay and plaster of Paris to create a relief of Christ on the cross. These plaques were painted in Renaissance style and glazed.

Helen Frostick Headteacher, St Osmund's School, Barnes, London

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