Exploring Grayson Perry & Oskar Schlemmer

The inspiration from our most  recent art project has come from our children’s interests in dressing up, building 3D structures and exploring construction with loose parts. Our art teacher drew inspiration from this and decided to introduce our children to the work of British contemporary artist Grayson Perry and his alter ego Claire, focusing on costume design,  tapestry and pottery. She is also exploring the work of the German artist Oskar Schlemmer, associated with the Bauhaus school. In 1923, he was hired as Master of Form at the Bauhaus theatre workshop, after working at the workshop of sculpture. His most famous work is Triadisches Ballett, which saw costumed actors transformed into geometrical representations of the human body in what he described as a “party of form and colour”.

Our intention throughout the project was to explore and learn more about costume design, tapestry and pottery. We intend to do this by exploring art materials such as fabric and thread, loose parts, cardboard, clay, modelling tools, scissors and Velcro. By using art techniques such as threading and tapestry, costume design, ceramics, cutting with scissors, sculpture and performance art; our children will be learning about colour, shape, space, composition and pattern. Through each of these activities the children developed different skills

Pottery activities- the illustrations below show the stages of the children’s pottery work. The end products were really good but that was not what was important. Free expression, exploration of a different medium and the development of finger control were the aims of this activity


The children started by creating cardboard characters to represent the two artists. They painted the cardboard, then used it to trace their hands, feet and bodies. With help the different body parts were cut out and then the children joined the different body parts together to make cardboard characters

The children looked at pictures of Grayson Perry and Oscar Schlemmer costume designs, then talked about dressing up/which pretend characters we would like to be. They used traditional Indian woodblock stamps to print on fabric and make their own designs. The children explored threading and experimented with winding the thread around the reel. They explore fabrics and masks to dress up as well as used loose parts to build accessories for dressing up costumes.




The children created props particularly masks, head pieces and printed fabrics. They painted and printed fabrics with fabric paint using stamps, brushes and sprays. They made fabric collages and created dressing up props out of cardboard, fabric, buttons and other loose parts. They used fabrics and ribbons to dress up.


We introduced the use of digital media as part of the design process

It is helpful when children get the opportunity to explore the use of digital media in design from an early age. They also used digital media to record what they were doing, practicing letter formation at the same time.

When we were thinking about moving and dancing in our costumes we were able to look at how other people move and dance to music.

The children then practiced different ways of moving in straight lines as they prepared for the next step which was to show their creations to their parents in their seasonal end of the year Zoom production which is still top secret!!!

Our children have learnt so much from this project. They have had a wonderful opportunity to be creative and express themselves, they have developed fine motor co-ordination, learnt about two artists, explored different ways of moving and will be building confidence and self esteem through live performance

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