Thursday, 23 August 2012

Future Olympians

This term the year 8's have been looking at 
Olympic Art and Sports Artists
The first record of the Olympic Games was 776 BC, they continued for at least 1000 years. The games offered artists, writers etc. a chance to make themselves known. Painters and sculptors also exhibited their work on Mount Olympus and received the same awards as other athletes competing at the games. More than 1,500 years after the ancient games came to an end Baron Pierre de Coubertain had a dream to bring back the games. In 1896 the first modern Olympics was held in Athens. Coubertain’s original dream was to include the arts in the Olympics. This was finally realized at the 5th Olympiad in Stockholm, Sweden in 1912. There were categories for Architecture, Literature, Music, Painting and Sculpture.

We looked at Ancient Greek art, in particular 
'The Winged Victory of Samothrace', Nike 2nd Century BC
The influence of this sculpture, probably the second most famous art work in The Louvre, Paris, still continues today.

                 Audrey Hepburn in 'Funny Face'


After further studies of other artists and photographers, students composed their own paintings using Pointillist techniques base on photographs of themselves or favourite Olympians.
Below is Nic's self-portrait.

Nic going for Gold

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