Remembrance Poppy Art Project and Exhibition pieces

This year, 2016 , marks the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, so during November, the whole School worked  on a Remembrance Project  and explored the significance of the Poppy as a symbol of Peace and reconciliation. We developed our thoughts and ideas in our sketchbooks, using a variety of media.   

To complement this, we  also offered  Art Clubs for Year 5 and 6 children and explored War Art about the Blitz of World War II and significant artists such as Picasso and his work on Guernica, Munch's "The scream" and anti-war art such as the work of Banksy.  We also made poppies and peace posters with our Young Artists Club and Art Ambassadors.

To link with anti-bullying week, when we wear blue  and try to  Be Lovely Understanding to Everyone to promote mutual respect and tolerance,  we  also explored the significance of Le Bluet - the French cornflower alternative to the Poppy, and the concept of peace.

The major art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, marked one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War. Created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, this inspired our work, "Peace River" which flows into our School.  Each child  made a blue cornflower representing our hope for peace and we invite you, in the words of Maximillian Degenerez, to

"Cross the meadow and the stream and listen as the peaceful water brings peace upon your soul. "

You can now catch the Exhibition at the Parish Fayre, on Sunday, 27th November after Mass.


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