Talking Threes – Three heads are better than one.

During my NQT year I found it a real struggle to facilitate and encourage carpet discussion in my classroom. I found that when asked to ‘turn to your partner’ the children would do one of three things: one child would be overly dominant leaving the other with nothing to say and feeling like they cannot … More Talking Threes – Three heads are better than one.

Trees: Photography

A couple weeks ago I visited an exhibition in Somerset House, The Syngenta Photography Award Exhibition. An exhibition about how, as humans, we have had a significant global influence on the planet. I was particularity struck by an artist called Yan Wang Preston. She photographed trees in an urban environment, focusing on the Chinese tree trade. … More Trees: Photography

Creating a still life in the classroom; Steenwyck, Matisse and Morandi.

Still-lifes are deceptively easy and children can create a thought provoking still life relatively simply. This is because a still-life is as much about the arrangement and choice of objects as the technique and execution. Best results are made when children choose what they want to draw, even if this is from a selection of … More Creating a still life in the classroom; Steenwyck, Matisse and Morandi.

Photography

The dictionary definition of photography is that it is the activity or job of taking photographs or filming. Although I think that this is an incredibly basic a much more comprehensive definition defines photography as a science and an art with the outcome of creating durable images to record a chosen moment in time. Photography … More Photography

Street art

Street art includes a variety of media and techniques, such as traditional spray-painted tags, stickers, stencils, posters, photocopies, murals, paper cut-outs, mosaics, street installations, performances, and video projections. At is heart it represents the desire of humans to leave traces of their existence in a public arena. Street art deals with many tough issues facing the world and allows artists such … More Street art