Here are some of the works we spent time discussing with our peers. The children looked carefully at the messages within the artwork and discussed the possible meanings. Banksy sometimes adds quotes and phrases to his artwork to encourage the viewer to think.
What is Banksy encouraging us to think about?
We then looked at age appropriate images of the current crisis in Aleppo and discussed what we had seen and heard on the news. The children were incredibly sympathetic when discussing the issues and asked many thought provoking questions. We linked this work to British Values and themes we have been discussing with PSHE sessions.
We then asked ourselves the question:
Aleppo - What would Banksy do?
Using images from the news and media, we worked in our sketchbooks to produce some preliminary sketches.
We also discussed possible slogans and phrases that could be used alongside our sketches to convey messages to the viewer.
Some children used the trace and transfer method to convert images from photographs into sketches and ideas within their books. Many chose to keep the images simple, considering Banksy's stencil techniques.
The children enjoyed this session and it was great to hear them discussing such an important issue with empathy and understanding.
Art can indeed be truly powerful!