From 14th to the 20th May the staff and children were very lucky to have a visit from ten European Teachers all working within the Erasmus+ Project, ‘Media Meets Art’ .
The visit marks the culmination of the Erasmus+ project ‘Media Meets Art’ where teachers from five European countries, Austria, Finland, Denmark, France and England all work together to share and showcase the assimilation of modern media in our art lessons. Teachers from Broadclyst Primary School have visited each of the partner schools, funded by the European Commission, over the course of the past two years and have observed the teaching of art, inspiring many of the projects seen in school.
The teachers were welcomed with an assembly – our own performance of the Eurovision song contest, especially for our visiting teachers. The contest was hosted by two children from year 6 and pupils from Years 3 to 5 all took part; we had ‘The Sound of the Mountains’ a yodelling Austrian band in year 5, all the way to a heavy metal Finish Rock band in year 3– ‘Black Tar’!
The children were very excited to meet the visitors and all the children involved in the project from years 3-5 had a lesson taught by the teachers. They learnt about the cultural traditions, information about the countries and learnt a traditional song or dance.
During each visit, the host school taught their visitors about two artists from that country so that when the teachers return home they could teach their pupils as replicate what they have seen. On this visit, our teachers and pupils were able to showcase the artwork of Barbara Hepworth and Banksy. The pupils across year 3 and 4 all participated in providing best practise lesson and demonstrate how we use technology to engage with art. The children used 3D manipulation using the surfaces, Microsoft SWAY and were busy posting their thoughts and opinions on Yammer to discuss their thoughts on graffiti and street art. The children were able to stick up some of their street art designs based on the work of Banksy through the school using photography to capture the interactive nature of the work they had produced. Many of the pupils used the iPads to record and interview one another about the artwork and thoughtfully reflect on one another’s art.
The teachers also had the opportunity to discover some of the best of British art themselves during a trip to St Ives where they were able to visit the Barbara Hepworth Museum and a ‘wherethewall’ tour in Bristol, discovering some of the notorious Bristol Street art. They will now return to their schools and share the things they have found out during their time in England.