This week in Seahorses we have been celebrating Arts Week. As a whole school we have all looked at Peter Paul Ruben’s painting ‘A Roman Triumph’ c1630. The painting depicts a victory march in honour of a Roman general’s military success.
Initially, the children were introduced to the picture by working in a group to put a jigsaw together. The children looked at the painting and talked about their ideas. We quickly picked up that it was a celebration, and we noticed the fruit and animals in the painting. We also noticed the use of instruments. We thought about what kind of music might be played and then we listened to fanfare music.
Afterwards we went outside and tried to recreate fanfare music using various instruments.
We wove a large tapestry and baskets, filling them with fruit.
We created necklaces, bracelets and cuffs to wear during a Roman triumph.
Another aspect of the painting that we noticed was the fruit, so next we did still life drawings of fruit using oil pastels and black paper. Then we painted a picture of a basket of fruit using watercolours. (Miss Ransome)