Art & Design: Every picture tells a story

Looking at the meaning behind art, children: analyse the intentions of Banksy; make ink symmetry prints inspired by psychologist Rorschach; tell a story using emojis; use drama to recreate a poignant war scene and are inspired by the ceramic work of Magdalene Odundo, to work expressively outside

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Lesson 1: Clacton Pigeon Mural – Banksy- Free

Every Picture Tells A Story: Looking past the seemingly discriminatory tone of Banksy's Clacton Pigeon Mural, children consider what message he was really trying to convey and alter the image to reflect British Values


Lesson 2: Inspired by Rorschach

Children learn that the inkblots which inspired Andy Warhol's 'Rorschach, 1984' were a set of psychological tests designed by the Swiss psychologist himself, and that the message of the inkblot really comes from how it is interpreted by the viewer


Lesson 3: Emojis

Pictographs existed even before language did and children use the ever prevalent pictogram of the 21st century, the emoji, to create sentences and convey meaning


Lesson 4: The Front Line: John Singer Sargent

Through the piece ‘Gassed’ by John Singer Sargent, pupils explore the human side of the image and work in groups to reenact the scene from WW 1, positioning themselves like the soldiers in the piece and taking a photo of the final composition


Lesson 5: Magdalene Odundo

By loosely playing around with shapes, Kenyan artist Magdalene Odundo creates ideas for her ceramic pots, and children work in the same way, with space around them, using two different colours of chalk and their whole bodies to make long sweeping arm movements