Year Six pupils at Saltaire Primary School are learning about the work of Victorian designer and writer William Morris in a practical, hands-on way. Morris, a leading member of the Arts and Crafts movement, is acknowledged as a master of design with his wallpapers, textiles, tapestries, fabrics and stained glass windows still popular today. Morris took inspiration from nature for many of his designs and Year Six started their quest by visiting Hirst Wood Nature Reserve to get ideas for their work. They particularly noted the details, like the shape and form of leaves and plants in line with Morris’s observation that ‘the true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.’ Back in the classroom, working with HLTA Victoria Brett and artist Sharon Snaylam, they worked on making designs from their sketches and taking rubbings from leaves. They also learned how to make and use printing blocks to create repeating patterns and so, with plenty of care not to mention some vigorous use of print rollers, they produced their own work in the spirit of William Morris. A big thank you to Waltons Fine Furnishings of Ilkley who donated wallpaper and fabric in the style of William Morris Below are some of the photos of Year Six in action
In the spirit of William Morris
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I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.” - William Morris
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