Perse Pelican art exhibition showcases pupils’ creative responses to LS Lowry work
11 Jun 2019
Colourful creations by Pelican pupils were enjoyed by the many family and friends who attended the school’s biennial Art Exhibition.
The exhibition was inspired by LS Lowry’s work After the Wedding and the children made their own artwork based on the themes, subject matter, historical context and composition of the painting. As the painting is on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum the children had the thrill of visiting the museum to view it before starting work on their own pieces, with each year group choosing their own creative direction to go in.
Nursery children focused on towns, buildings and houses and used recycled materials to make their own models of buildings, while Reception pupils looked at Lowry’s famous ‘matchstick men’ figures and worked with wire and willow withies to create life-size versions in the same style. They also made their own paintings of such figures using oil pastels and Brusho.
The Cambridge cityscape was the basis for Year 1 to produce imaginative pieces using fine pen and watercolours as well as making collages from ripped paper.
Year 2 studied the use of perspective in Lowry’s painting before taking a photo of a building of their choice in Cambridge and using that as the basis of their works. As well as using inks, pencils and watercolours, they made collagraph prints from which they produced eye-catching clay models with the help of Year 9 pupils at the Upper.
Pelican teacher Katie Kenworthy, who organised the exhibition, said: “We were thrilled with the end result and with the children’s learning. All the year groups immersed themselves in their work and made some brilliant creations, learning a great deal about Lowry along the way.”