Arts Council 

We are really looking forward to improving the Arts across school, sharing ideas and listening to everyone’s points of view.

Arts Council 2021 – 2022

We have had 48 applicants for the new Arts Council. Children from year 5 and 6 were asked to apply for their place on the Arts Council which will run from 2021 to 2022. It was amazing to see so many children interested in the arts and valuing art, dance, drama and music as part of our curriculum. Well done to everyone who applied! Candidates will be revealed next week. Some very tough decisions need to be made.

Creating Bug Hotels 

It is funny to think that  a year ago the Arts Council went to Middleton Woods to collect natural objects to put inside our school bug houses. A year down the line the bug houses are doing well, have withstood all weathers and have some resident bugs.

   Christmas Cards Enterprise

For the first time ever at Clapgate the Arts Council decided that they wanted to give the children at school the opportunity to create and design their own Christmas card that could be professionally printed in time to give to their families  for Christmas. This was a resounding success! The families loved receiving their cards, mugs and key ring gifts. The children created some very professional looking designs. Thank you to everyone that ordered cards and gifts. The money raised by the Arts  Council has gone towards purchasing new art books on artists and art history for the art room and we are hoping to get some artists in to school to work with the children. Watch this space!

Meet the new Arts Council 2021 – 2022

The new Arts Council met for the first time this week. Twelve children were chosen from across year 5 and 6 after making strong applications for why they wanted to be on the school Arts Council. This year, we had an unprecedented 48 children apply for the roles and I would like to say thank you to all of the children that applied. It was a pleasure to read everyone’s applications. 

We had a very busy agenda with lots of exciting things planned for the weeks ahead:

  • summer arts magazine
  • Launch 50 art activities across school
  • Whole school art project linked to year 6 virtual session with Leeds Art Gallery – Medicine Wheel
  • Drawing project with Leeds Art Gallery and local artist Nicola Pemberton
  • judging the Easter egg decorating competition

Egg decorating competition 2021!

Our newly appointed Arts Council members took their role very seriously recently when they had to judge the egg decorating entries from across school. The Arts Council organised the event so that children from nursery to year 6 could take part and have fun decorating an egg at home. Their were some eggcellent entries which you can see on the photos. The Arts Council looked carefully at all of the entries and had an extremely difficult job of judging them. However, after much discussion they agreed on the winner and runners up from each class. They would like to say a big thank you to everyone that entered the competition. Here are some photos from the event for you to enjoy. 

Whole school art project – The Medicine Wheel

The Arts Council have recently asked every child to collect a small, natural object and bring it to school. This is in response to a workshop that class 6MB completed with Amanda Phillips from Leeds Art Gallery where the children looked at a sculpture entitled The Medicine Wheel by Chris Drury.  These objects will be collected by the class teachers and placed in a circular shape. Each class will have their own ‘Medicine Wheel’ which will go on display in the main hall and combine to make one big piece of art for the school to enjoy. It will be really interesting to see what the children from nursery to year 6 collect. Watch this space!

Royal Mail Heroes Stamp Competition

The Arts Council recently encouraged children from across school to take part in the Royal Mail Heroes Stamp Competition. Posters were placed around school and a letter to parents was sent out to explain the competition. The children were asked to think about who they thought were their heroes over this last year throughout the pandemic. We had a fantastic response with 62 entries! There were some brilliant designs with NHS workers and Sir Captain Tom Moore featuring heavily. The Arts Council would like to thank everyone that entered the competition. Here are some of the brilliant entries. Enjoy!

Whole School Natural Art Project

Earlier this year 6MB took part in a virtual workshop with Amanda Phillips from Leeds Art Gallery. The children had the opportunity to see inside the gallery spaces and look at art exhibits. The class were introduced to the Medicine Wheel , a sculpture made entirely of natural objects by artist Chris Drury. The Arts Council along with the children from 6MB  decided that they wanted to create a piece of natural art in response to their learning. All children were asked to bring in a small, natural object. Each class were then given the freedom to arrange their objects as they wanted. The class compilations have been placed together and are on display in the main school hall on the Ms Franklin celebration of life wall .The project looks beautiful (I know Ms Franklin would approve as she loved nature and art) and shows that art can be made from anything! The exciting thing about this project is that it will change over time as some of the more natural objects will fade. Here are some pictures of the project. We hope you enjoy looking at it!

50 Art activities to try before you leave Clapgate Primary School.

Here are 50 art activities for you to try before you leave Clapgate Primary School. Lots of these will be covered through our art curriculum in school however you might want to try some of them at home. Every child will have an art passport which they can get stamped by their class teacher or Miss Webster when they have completed an activity. The art passport will move through school with your child as part of their art learning. If you do work at home, you can bring it in to show your teacher or Miss Webster and get your stamp. How many will you do?

    Christmas Card Enterprise 2021 

The Arts Council have organised a Christmas Card initiative this year following on from the success of the 2019 Christmas card enterprise. All children from nursery to year 6 were asked to create their own Christmas card design. This has been sent off to the printers and parents have been able to place orders for their child’s design.  These will make wonderful gifts at Christmas time for family and friends, adding a personal touch. The profit made from this enterprise will be used to get artists in school and educational visits linked to the ‘Arts’ in the future.

Hands of Remembrance 2021

Every child from nursery to year 6 created a ‘hand of remembrance’ to combine to make a giant, poppy on Remembrance Day 2021. The children shared stories, had time for reflection, and learned the significance of the 11th month, the 11th day of the 11th hour. They read the story ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’. A beautiful and poignant reminder of the past. Lest we forget.

Recycled Christmas decorations 2021

The Arts Council and Eco Council have come together this year to do their bit to help save the planet. The children have been learning about the future of our planet and watching recent news. They decided to ask all children to save and collect small items that would ordinarily be thrown into landfill  like yoghurt pots, plastic and metal bottle lids, egg boxes, cardboard, lollipop sticks and more. The Arts Council have been busy sorting all of the many items that have been collected and this week children across school will make their recycled Christmas decorations. We can’t wait to see them hanging on our school Christmas tree in December.