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Arts & Humanities Arena!

Humanities isn't really a term we use at primary school, but it is a word used to describe the study of human society and culture.  Studying the humanities can include the study of ancient and modern languages, history, archaeology, geography, law, politics, religion and art!  Are you interested is this diverse and exciting range of topics and themes?  A career in arts and humanities could lead to you becoming a politician, teacher or lawyer!   

Ms Felton
Art & Design Subject Leader

The Scarab Beetle

The scarab beetle was significant in ancient Egyptian times.  Why?  What was its significance?  Can you find out?

With your parent's permission, perhaps you could have a go at making one out of modelling clay, plasticine, play dough or papier mache.  Mix together a small amount of flour and water to make a thick paste.  Wet some newspaper with the paste and mould into a beetle.  Write a fact file to accompany your beetle. 

Illuminated Letters

In Medieval times, all books were hand written and decorated.  It was a very skilled job to produce these books. 

The starting letter on the page was an illuminated letter, meaning it was colourful and decorated. Some were even decorated in gold!

Can you make an illuminated letter for your own initial?

Pilgrimages

In robin class, the children have been studying pilgrimages.  

What is a pilgrimage? A pilgrimage is a sacred journey, undertaken for a spiritual purpose.

Can you fill in the following table with information about these other sites that Christians visit?  You may need to research them using the internet.

Place

Where is it and why is it a place of pilgrimage?

The church of the Nativity, Bethlehem

Near Jerusalem. This is the biblical birthplace of Jesus.

Canterbury Cathedral, England

 

Iona, Scotland

 

Vatican City

 

Basilica de Guadalupe

 

One of your choice

 

Once you have finished your research, you can draw one of the places of Christian pilgrimage from the list.  Can you label your drawing with what you have found out?

Vincent Van Gogh

Greenfinch and Cuckoo class have both enjoyed studying Vincent Van Gogh this term.  Van Gogh is one of the world’s most famous artists.  Create a fact file about Van Gogh using information from The Van Gogh Museum.  There are so many interesting facts and videos about his work here.  Can you create your own Van Gogh inspired artwork based upon one of his paintings.  This could be your own version of one of his most famous pieces of work, ‘Starry Night’, or something else! 

www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/vincent-van-gogh-life-and-work

Leafy Art

Collect a series of leaves from your garden or whilst out walking (with permission).  What works of art could you create?   Can you recreate one of the ideas here? (Click on the picture to make it bigger.)  You could photograph your master piece or stick the leaves to paper.  You may also want to press your leaves between two pieces of paper with something heavy.  Remember, the leaves may need time to dry out.  What might happen to their colour?  Will this affect how you use them in your artwork? 

Where did you get that hat?

The Victoria and Albert Museum is a museum of art and design.  In the museum, there is a costume gallery featuring hats of all different shapes and sizes. 

Can you design a hat which would be fit for an exhibition?  Maybe it would be a themed hat such as a toy themed hat.  Perhaps it would be an animal hat.  Perhaps it would be a patterned hat or a tall or wide hat. 

You can draw your hat or ask an adult if you could make one using materials you have at home.

The Tate Modern

The Tate Modern art gallery has its own website for children which is full of amazing creative ideas.  I particularly like the ‘Make pop art like Warhol.'  Can you create some Andy Warhol inspired artwork?   Have a look at this link and see what inspires you:

www.tate.org.uk/kids

Visit an Online Museum

Many museums offer free online tours and exhibitions with more doing this all the time. If you can think of a topic, there is probably a free online museum for it.  Here are just a few that we have used:

Don't forget, there are lots more links to activities here on the 'Home Learning' page of our website:

www.st-peters-sch.uk/Our-Learning/home-learning