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The children and staff at Naturally Learning have been discovering their inner artists this week as part of Children’s Art Week.
From Turner and Monet’s portraits to Jackson Pollack’s abstract paintings and Van Gogh’s sunflowers, the children have been hearing about a wide range of artists throughout the week. They’ve also had the opportunity to put some of the techniques into practice using different materials.
At the Truro High nursery, the pre-school children took photos of themselves before working on self-portraits using charcoal.
“The children loved making their own charcoal pencils on the fire, and couldn’t wait to use them on their own portraits,” explained nursery manager Sally Palmer. “They’re little artists in the making.”
Even the nursery’s youngest residents fully immersed themselves in art.
“Today was portrait day,” explained Carolyne, who works in the baby lodge at the Truro High nursery, “focusing on the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. Tomorrow we are focusing on Landscapes and will be learning about the work of Turner and Monet.”
“We’ve also had an outdoor arts day with all of the children heading outside together,” said Sally. “We combined all our junk modelling together to make one big project.”
“The staff and children have done us proud,” Sally continued. “The group art project this week has been amazing – all rooms have worked together to plan and deliver some amazing opportunities to all the children.”
The national event, supported by engage and The Arts Society, brings young people and adults together to be inspired, engaged and entertained by art.
The nurseries in St Austell also threw themselves into the project.
“I’m super passionate about art and have loved introducing the children to some of our best-known artists,” said Rowenna, who works in the Explorer room at Naturally Learning Poltair.
“Each room was inspired by an artist or movement,” continued Rowenna. “The toddlers went abstract and did some Jackson Pollack style splash pictures in the garden, mimicking the abstract style of artists Kandinsky and Mondrian. The pre-schoolers looked at impressionists and did observational drawings. It’s been a treat to expose the children to ‘real’ art!”
The staff at all sites worked together to share best practice and deliver a consistent experience for Children’s Art Week across all of Naturally Learning.
“What a week!” enthused nursery director, Mandy Richardson. “I’m so proud of the way the team have gone above and beyond to get the children excited about art through this project. The nurseries have been buzzing with excitement and enthusiasm, both from the staff and the children. Well done everyone!”