Amazon class became ‘Art Detectives’ during our visit to Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute.
First we explored the main gallery and were challenged to draw a sculpture which caught our eye – we had to draw the outline and then try to show the effect the material had on the surface of the sculpture. We discovered that because Perspex is shiny there are reflections on the surface of these sculptures, the concrete sculptures were speckled with different coloured rock and the wax sculptures looked as if they were covered in the artist’s finger marks.
We then composed questions about the sculptures – we even wondered about the possible relationship between 2 joined figures in sculpture. We wondered whether they were family and whether they were coming together or parting – we came up with lots of ideas to answer this question!
We then looked at the Renee So exhibition. We particularly liked the boot-headed figures and the grape-like beards which were repeated throughout the exhibition. These sculptures inspired our own 2d collages and we were really pleased with the results.
Amanda – the art historian, commented on how creative we were as a class and we are looking forward to creating our own sculptures next week.
We had a great day!
REMEMBER – visiting the art gallery is free so try to take your parents and challenge them to be ‘Art Detectives’ too