Department of Art and Design 2

Good afternoon boys and girls of Ferryhill. Are your rainbows up in your windows? Ours are. I am saying ‘ours’, but it was my 16-year-old daughter who painted two rainbows. One for the windows to the front and one for her own bedroom which is facing the garden and the tenements across the lane. 

This is the picture the little boy from downstairs drew with chalks on his house wall. He had his mother’s permission, in fact, I think his mother drew the sun, the cloud, the rainbow and the red flower and he did the rain and the white flowers. 

Drawing on walls is a bit risky unless you own the wall. Do you own any walls? Stick to pavements for chalk drawings until you have bought your first house. 

I tried to make a rainbow with unusual materials, some limp fruit and vegetables found at the back of my fridge. Can you name any of the fruit/ veg I used? Have you tried any of them before? What do you think of my artwork? Is it Art?

You are right, some colours are missing. Which ones? 

Yesterday we finished with looking at the ‘Niagara Falls, from the American Side’ picture by Frederic Edwin Church. The rainbow was in the bottom right corner. Well spotted. Church painted the picture in 1867 from sketches he made on site and from some photographs. Photography had just been invented. It was also the beginning of tourism. But let’s not go there today, on Lockdown Day 2, when our longest journey must not be further than to our local supermarket.

Today’s tasks

  1. Between which two countries are the Niagara Falls located? 
  2. Name the continent. 
  3. Find at least three interesting facts about Niagara Falls. 

For our STEM lovers or any pupils in the upper school years:

  1. Why do modern day visitors to the Niagara Falls see a lot less water than Frederic Church did when he visited the Falls in the 1860s? (It doesn’t have anything to do with rainfall.)

This painting is located in the National Gallery of Scotland on the Mound right in the centre of Edinburgh. 

  1. Locate the Gallery on googlemaps. 
  2. Find a picture of the building of the National Gallery of Scotland (on the Mound). Sometimes it is called ‘Scottish National Gallery’.
  3. Take an A4 piece of paper. Landscape format. 
  4. Make a line drawing of the gallery. Leave 5 – 8cm space at the bottom of the picture for a pavement. Do not fill the whole page because we will need space for a pavement in front of the gallery.  Use a felt tip pen. Ignore any mistakes you make. 

We will need this picture for tomorrow’s task. 

Just in case you forgot what a line drawing was. This is one I made of the Old Town. Please remember to leave space for the pavement. 

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