We are excited to announce that our school has joined a lockdown project called ‘Art Builders’. Art Builders is an education programme led by Animate Arts Company. Creativity is a powerful tool to build better learners, boost wellbeing, social and physical development – and help us all to be better citizens in a rapidly-evolving, diverse world. This year, due to Covid-19, we are being Art Builders at Home! Arts Council England have funded this programme so that primary schools, teachers, and pupils can get creative during these extraordinary times.
“These are difficult times for everyone, but the arts still have the potential to inspire us, to connect people and to help us heal”.
Each video focuses on the art of a world-famous artist. Through the video projects, we will be introduced to a diverse and unexpected mix of renowned artists from different cultures and art forms – perhaps artists we haven’t explored before! The first ones shine a spotlight on the amazing papercuts of Japanese artist, Nahoko Kojima, and the curious boxes of American artist, Joseph Cornell! We will learn about their work, themes, and techniques. They will inspire our individual own art projects.
The creations made by the participating children (and staff!) will be exhibited in a ground-breaking 360° virtual reality art gallery. If you have any physical pieces of work which you would like to be included in the gallery please drop it off at school on Wednesday 8th or Thursday 9th of July, by midday. Sadly, it is unlikely these will be sent back to us, however everyone will have access to the virtual gallery. There will be a labelled box near the front office for drop-off. Work sent in after this date cann ot be included in the virtual gallery. Thank you.
We would also like to celebrate your creations on our school website. Please send a photo of your work to Mrs Innes: email@example.com. If you do not want your artwork to be part of the 360° virtual reality film or posted on our website, please still take part but display your creations at home instead.
You do not have to take part in all the activities, just pick your favourite project, however we suggest you aim for one per week.
What kinds of materials will be needed?
• A computer to receive and display the digital resources/videos.
• The projects require low-cost, easy-to-find materials, so participants can take part at home. These are likely to include basic arts and crafts materials (paper, paint, glue, child-friendly scissors, sticky tape, etc). Animate Arts are also big fans of cardboard and paper, so it may be worth raiding your recycling.
The few projects are now live and be found here: https://artbuilders.co.uk/resources/
From now on, a new video will be released every Thursday until the end of term, on the same website. The videos will not disappear once the new ones are released, they will be available on the website for the foreseeable future.
Thank you for taking time to take part in these mini projects. We look forward to seeing your creations. I apologise again for the short time frame for sending work into the virtual project – unfortunately, this was out of our control.
What are you waiting for?
From Mrs Innes