Our Year 5 pupils had an exciting school trip to the October gallery. The year group left school at 9 o’clock and hopped onto the bus to Putney Bridge. From there, we got onto the district line and got off at Temple. We then had a nice walk (up hill!) all the way to the Gallery. The gallery still included the wonderful art for Black History Month exploring the work of the Congolese painter, Eddy Kamuanga Ilinga.
The children started by placing the missing puzzle pieces of artwork under which piece they thought they came from. The children then sat down and learned the history of Congo and learned the sad meanings behind the art. The adults were so impressed by the wonderful contributions the children made and some of the conversations that took place between pupils were so insightful and wonderfully descriptive.
After that, the children had the opportunity to use coloured pastels to design their own Congolese patterns. They had a range of materials to create different textures and patterns. They then painted shapes on top and used forks to reveal the colours underneath. The final products looked so vibrant!
Then the children were asked to make a small pot using a small ball of clay. They then used a gold leaf to place in the inside of the pots. The pots they created were meant to represent themselves, and all of the gold represented the amazing things inside them which make them who they are.
Finally, the children enjoyed their packed lunches in the beautiful courtyard. The children loved looking at all of the plants and the secret, hidden objects around the space.