Willow Class have created a monster Monet but sadly all I have for you are these lovely poppies!
Update – sad to say the Monet Monster has been deleted but you can still read about their project.
Over on their brand new blog Willow Warblers this year 6 class from St Andrew’s Primary School Yetminster have posted this gorgeous Monet classroom display. They say:
We have been learning about a Victorian Artist – Claude Monet. We investigated his style of impressionism and created a huge painting in his style. Each of us had a section of his painting “Water lily pond with water irises” which we scaled up. This was then put back together again et Voilà.
Why not pop over there and tell them how wonderful their work really is, and while you are there you can watch their video about it too!
The colours of the children’s work are so vibrant they just jump off the walls at you.
The work has been sympathetically displayed and carefully mounted.
Whilst at first glace, there seem to be lots of clashing colours, the colour palette the children have worked with has been chosen with great care. They’ve actually worked with a quite limited range of clear unmixed, mostly hot colours which adds to the Mexican folk art theme. Where the children have used blue it is a warmish blue with a tinge of red.
The hot colours of the work have been mounted on either a neutral black or on a coolish blue. Lettering has been kept to a minimum and done in a dark blue.
The colours of the mounts round individual pictures have been picked out from the colours of the work so they add to rather than distract from the impact of the designs. Individual work hasn’t got name labels and looks less busy than it might otherwise. This is a thorny subject in some schools where school display policy dictates that all work must be labeled.
Positioning Colourful Classroom Displays
I think you’d have to position this set of displays very carefully, ideally in the corridors or perhaps a shared area like the hall. It might be a little too distracting to have to compete for attention with all this energy!
If your appetite has been whetted and you want to see more just have a look at the slide show below. Watch carefully and you’ll see a wide variety of ideas that you can adapt.
I really like this interpretation of Renior’s Umrellas by a class in N Ireland. Carly says it was created using view finders and then the separate interpretations were joined together. It was done as part of a whole school project for Take One Picture 2009. As was the next display:
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