"I am interested in the body because it is the place where emotions are most directly registered. When you feel frightened, when you feel excited, happy, depressed, somehow the body registers it.."
Art practice is the actual process of creating and making artwork. Students are given the opportunity to explore a range of different feelings and ideas through the use of various tools, materials, art techniques and art processes. The student’s imagination is vital in art practice and it is this experimentation with different concepts that engages students in the visual arts.
Art practice is important in the visual arts classroom as it allows students to become active and engaged learners. Rather than simply looking at different artworks, students can create their own pieces inspired by their own feelings or experiences. This gives meaning to artwork, something that teachers in the primary classroom need to embrace with their students.
Antony Gormley works specifically with sculptures, using the human form as his main inspiration. This seems a particularly relevant topic for the primary classroom and the activity I have chosen, therefore, focuses on the body’s ability to portray a range of different emotions and feelings. The activity can be adapted for older or younger year levels but in this case, is aimed specifically at the middle to upper primary grades.