Pendulum Paintings

Term: 1 Year: 2018

Year 3 students from Trinity Grammar School, Kew, investigated movement in art. Whether the artwork itself had movement or the art making process involved movement. Tom Shannon was an inspirational artist for this unit with his mechanical pendulum. The boys engaged in discussions around his work and how they could build their own device. The squeals of excitement echoed across the art room when we used a rig that hung from the ceiling. Not only did this enable the boys to work collaboratively, predict and ask questions they were also able to make creative choices in the way the pendulum moved. The boys produced individual paintings with smaller PVC pipe rigs where the boys noticed that the design was different and they were able to investigate different patterns further.