Education at Coombe - Art in the Park

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Art in the Park

Programme Overview

Art and Design in Nature
This programme looks at the different shapes, textures and colours found within a natural environment. Children are given the opportunity to explore 'Mother Natures' adaptations and design of plants and animals found within different habitats. Children will be encouraged to find a variety of natural patterns from spirals and helixes to repeating and symmetrical patterns and much more.

Colour and Design
This programme can be used to extend the 'Art and Design in Nature' programme or can be delivered as a stand alone activity. This programme runs best during spring and autumn when there are lots of differing colours and patterns for children to explore. Children will be given the opportunity to explore different habitats to find different colours and designs including, during summer and autumn months looking at fruits, nuts and seeds.

Creating Art from Natural Materials
This programme gets the children to investigate shape and pattern of the natural materials they find around them. Looking at natural materials and their properties children are asked to collect pieces of material from around the park and using their surroundings as a background create either 3d sculptures or individual or group pictures around a given theme.

Art Forms for Memorial, Remembrance and Reconciliation

Programme One
This programme looks at art and remembrance. Focusing on the war memorial children will be asked to explore how and why it was built. Children will be asked to examine photographs of a selection of historical memorials and also modern memorials to find links between why they are built, the materials used, the design and the building methods. We will look at how we can use sustainable products to build the memorials of the future. We will discuss how we could design a memorial for the 21st century and beyond. In teams' children will be asked to design and build a model of their own design. Models can be either displayed around the park or can be returned with the pupils to the school.

Programme Two

This programme looks at the symbolism used to show peace and reconciliation within the world today. We will discuss how the symbols are basically the same all around the world. The programme looks primarily at the Dove of Peace but also offers other activities which include bookmarks, and peace mobiles as well as other symbols such as the flowers of reconciliation in Australia and Sadako Sasaki and the Japanese Cranes.

Art and Design from Recycled Materials.
Within this programme Children are given the opportunity to explore the work of artists who use recycled materials to create new and interesting works of art. After exploring different projects children will be asked to explore different aspects of the biodiversity of the parks habitats and using materials they have found and are available will in groups be able to create their own recycled art work based around a theme.

Learning Objectives and Aims

• Have an understanding of different types of design found within nature and around the park including being able to ask and answer questions about why it is designed in that way.
• Be able to design and build art within the park either individually or within small groups.
• Have an understanding about why artists and craftsman build memorials, statues etc. for remembrance, reconciliation and memorial.
• Have a basic understanding of the different designs found within nature.
• Have a good knowledge of patterns and designs found within nature and understand that plants and animals, through adaptation develop these designs to help further growth.
• Have a clear understanding to why artists and craftsman work to design and create memorials and statues etc for remembrance, reconciliation and memorial.
• Recognise that these designs and creations are symbols of people's thoughts and feelings in relation to remembrance, reconciliation and memorial.

Available for:

KS1 and KS2

Contact details

Coombe Country Park
Brinklow Road, Binley,
Near Coventry, CV3 2AB.
Telephone: 024 7645 3720
Fax: 024 7663 5350

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