We arrived safely in Brive-la Gaillarde, France and enjoyed our first day
at Blusson St Pantaleon Primary school. We were greeted by the children and staff with an assembly of songs and traditional dancing. The children were very excited to meet us and as we presented our lessons the children had many interesting questions about England and our school.
This visit marks is the second part of the schools ‘Media Meets Art’ project. Broadclyst Primary School are collaborating with four other international partners; France, Austria, Finland and Denmark over two years to explore the possibilities of using technology within art lessons. During this visit we will be observing art lessons based on famous artists whist looking for new ways to use a variety of media. Today we observed two lessons, one based on Henri Matisse and the other on artist Niki de St Phaile. The children in the classes have been exploring new ways of using different art mediums and styles whilst using these artists work as inspiration. We are looking forward to coming back to school and sharing our ideas and activities with the children.
During our job shadowing activities we have been introduced to many new ideas and ways of working with the children. Yesterday, we observed the first of two lessons based around the artist Niki de St Phalle who created many works of art including sculpture, mosaics and paintings. The children were introduced to the artist as a mystery artist, they were shown many quotes by the artists and given a list of favourite subjects and themes she was inspired by. The children then created their own interpretations on these ideas using clay they will later be shown the artwork by Niki St de Phalle. The continuing lesson happens in the secondary school, which we will be watching today. The children are encouraged to be creative in their discovery of new themes and mediums.
In the evenings we have been given the opportunity to discover some of the surrounding villages and countryside. We discovered the Lascaux II caves located near the village of Montignac in the region of Dordogne. The caves contain some of the best know Upper Paleolithic art that are an estimated 17,300 years old!
Today we had the opportunity to observe the next lesson from a series about the 'mystery artist' at the secondary school. To ensure the smooth transition for the pupils from the primary school to their secondary school the teachers work very closely together in the planning and dissemination of the lessons. This lesson involved again the manipulation of clay in order to create a sculpture based on the artistic principles of Niki de Saint Phalle.
We were lucky enough to visit La Roque Saint Christophe, one of the 147 exceptional prehistoric sites which have owed the attractive Vézère Valley to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. La Roque Saint Christophe cliff is made of five levels of cavities hollowed out by the river some 60 million years ago within the attractive Vézère Valley it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979
We finished the week with a meeting of the five countries to discuss our findings and what we have learnt within the project so far. We are looking forward to putting this new learning into practise upon our return. The next stage of the project will take place in Denmark from the Oct 2nd - 8th 2016!