|Finsbury Four Schools Jigsaw Project 2004
|Sponsored by CEA@Islington and EC1 New Deal for Communities
|Four primary schools participated: St Lukes, Hugh Myddleton, Prior Weston and Morelands.
We decided on the theme of movement for the 2004 Jigsaw Project because the Olympic Games were happening that year. The pupils drew people posing in 'frozen' action poses , then they transferred their drawings to large precut jigsaw pieces. Finally they painted their image in bright acrylic paints. The project gave pupils experience of: drawing from observation; experimental drawing techniques; design skills; research skills; colour theory; paintbrush techniques; colour mixing; team work. During the project, which ran for 2 days, they worked on these web pages. The jigsaw can be made up in different ways to present an ever changing mural.
|The technology aspect
|For the second year running New Finsbury New Deal sponsored a webpage
building project that ran alongside the painting project. The pupils worked on a lap top computer
to build a web site. We discussed how websites are viewed around the world, from their home computer
and at their school and how the internet helps to link families, friends and schools around the
world. The pupils were excited by the fact that they could look this project up at home and/or
at school, as well as telling family and friends where to find it too.
|The young artists used the digital camera to take pictures that you can see on these webpages. They typed
their own words directly into this webpage and you can read their words below. They helped to
build their individual pages by placing the image on their individual page, making a link from a
thumbnail image to their personal information, finally cutting and pasting or typing in text,
which they then formatted to the site style.
|In their own words...
the pupils typed directly into a web design package to tell us what they had done.
|Hasan: 'This is to do with the Olympics, thats why we are drawing
pictures with people moving. First I drew some pictures in my class. I drew some of my friends
that were moving around in different shapes. After I drew all the pictures I was suppose to draw,
the pictures were sent to Prior Weston Primary School.'
Danny: 'At St. Lukes school in YR 6 we drew pictures of body movement, we did this because the Olympic Games are happening this summer in Athens. Then we came to Prior Weston and drew our pictures on jigsaw pieces, also we drew on tracing paper.'
Ryan: 'We drew pictures of moving people.We drew people running and swimming I was so happy I got to do this work.'
Jassiem: 'We were shown some pictures. I liked the one called The Painter to the Moon.
I liked how the author showed the dark blue for the sky and how he showed houses far away. The painters name was Chagall.'
Alex: 'Cathrine showed us some pictures and I liked the running one and the backround of the running track and the colour was brownish. It was from the news paper.'
Betul: 'Some people in my work are about the Olympics like running swimming jogging.
I have done a design from my drawing on the special paper.'
Farhaana: 'We drew pictures of people moving. We then decided how to organise our pictures on to a jigsaw piece, thinking about space and background. We transferred our pictures from tracing paper to our jigsaw piece. I think this is really fun and I think the finished jigsaw will be really good!'
Imad: 'We had to draw over our jigsaw to make our design clear then we started mixing the colours together and started painting.'
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Billy: 'Maud taught us how to mix colours and I think I could do it. I have never done it before.'
Shamsu: 'Maud helped us mix colours and it helped me think how to get light and dark colours by mixing.'
Abi: 'We drew our pictures in and I liked mixing the paint. I kept on getting angry when something turned out wrong but then I got it sorted out and I was really proud of my drawing.'
Rebecca: 'I really enjoyed doing this art project. It was about the Olympics. We painted a piece of a jigsaw each! And then as if that wasn't hard we had to do a background. I got a bit angry since it wasn't right.But in the end it was EXCELLENT! And I loved it!!!
Anil 'We fitted our pictures onto the jigsaw shape.'
Khaled 'We had to mix colours and understand about warm, cold, dark and light.'
Louisa 'We got our pictures and drew the main bits onto the jigsaw piece.'
Juan 'We tried to fill up the gaps and not leave white space.'
Farhaana 'We learned about different ways of painting such as; dabbing, stroking, and scratching paint.'
Xenia 'Cathrine told us that we didn't need to use black, this is because nothing is truly black.'
Billy 'We had some paint and we mixed it with some other paint.'
Dilan 'We looked at our pictures and added detail to the painting.'
Reid: 'Today we have been doing the background of our jigsaw piece. It is fun to do art.'
Charlie: 'We had to be really careful about filling in the white gaps of our background today. I think the whole project has been excellent and I hope to do it again.'
Terry: 'I liked today and hope that I can do it again and see the website.'
|Building the web pages
Letitia: 'We took pictures with a digital camera in the class and we placed peoples names
on the side of their pictures. We used a file called Fireworks to download my portrait onto the
internet we also made my photo a little bit smaller because it can download faster onto the webpage when you look at it.'
Linnea: 'So I could do my webpage I did mine at my own school. I already had two pictures on my page. Before I did more work on the page I was given a certificate with a picture of Betul and I. I really liked that picture so I decided to add that one to my webpage. Maud went round to all the schools to do pages like mine with all the children.'
Farhaana:'We all wrote something about the project. We each wrote about what we did and if we liked it. Maud took pictures of us while we worked on the jigsaw and of our finished jigsaw pieces. In the end, we'll put all of the webpages together and put them on the Artyface website.'