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Published on 20/01/14

Cross-curricular and cross-age group in a day of learning where different departments linked through common interests. The theme for the year 7 (6th grade) project day was 'Illusions' and one group examined contemporary art by the German artist Clemens Behr, who uses a striking colour palette, recycled materials from everyday architecture, and found objects in his mixed media installations.
IMG_2686The theme for the year 7 (6th grade) project day was 'Illusions' and one group examined contemporary art by the German artist Clemens Behr, who uses a striking colour palette, recycled materials from everyday architecture, and found objects in his mixed media installations.

Students from the lower 6th IB gave workshops in German vocabulary about shape and colour during their lesson which was held at the Visual Arts centre and encouraged year seven pupils in their use of descriptive language, using iPads to reference shape and colours in small groups. Students noticed the abundance of primary colours looking at Bher's Tumblr account and blogs, watched videos of the artist in action on Vimeo and learn the terms for these in German. They then explored shape and colour using traditional painting techniques with coloured inks on large scale paper. They were encouraged to film and photograph the process in groups, as a means of evaluating their understanding.   The group then constructed their 'formen' using found recylced materials, and added their ink paintings to explore combinations of 'Farben', before finally transferring this to a finished sculpture for installation in the main school hall.

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Having a whole day working on one group project was an excellent opportunity to develop more sustained and memorable understanding of materials, techniques, vocabulary and process.