From September 2015 to July 2017 Broadclyst Community Primary school has been is participating in an exciting Erasmus+ project ‘Media Meets Art’ funded by the European Commission. The project began in Volksschule Gutenberg, Austria and includes four other European schools; England, Denmark, Finland and France. All the teachers involved aim to gain new insights and knowledge in the fields of media competence and new technologies specifically based around the teaching of art and art history.
Within the project from 6th to 11th February 2017 Miss Farrant and Miss Gomersall travelled to Finland to spend some time Pateniemen Koulu, a comprehensive school located in the city of Oulu. A technologically well-equipped school that offers its students the best education 600km north of Helsinki. During the week the school showcased a variety of different engaging lessons teaching children about the artwork of Tove Jannson and Akseli Gallen Lallen.
Tove Jannson, the illustrator and creator pf the very popular ‘Moomins’, proved to be a popular choice as the teachers used the tales as a vehicle to teach literacy and storytelling. The amusing and engaging characters lent themselves well to activities such as stop motion animation and book creation as well as weaving and creating stained glass windows. In contrast Akseli Gallen Lallen provided teachers with an open and enquiring approach to art. The children were asked to relate and identify emotion in a figure, question the landscape and learn about traditional and historic figures sometime found in Finish art, such as the hero Väinämöinen, a figure who provided J.R.R Tolkien with his inspiration for Gandalf in ‘Lord of the Rings’
The final trip in the project will be to England. During May 2017 BCPS will be the hosting the 10 European teachers showing them how we teach and embed technology into our learning. The children in years 3 and 4 will be participating in lots of activities to prepare for the visit and will give two ‘showcase’ lessons based on artists ’Banksy’ and ‘Barbara Hepworth’.