Art and animals

Today’s 1st year English class were having a look at illustrations and their captions, and as usual, a couple of themes emerged from the photos they chose. This time we had lots of animal pictures and lots of art pictures, perhaps inspired by Ms Steinert taking the class 🙂

Woolly mammoth restoration at the Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, British Columbia by WolfmanSF. Licence: CC BY-SA 3.0

The animals were a silverback gorilla and a mammoth, both very hairy, but living in totally different times and environments. Jamie’s gorilla had actually appeared in a book about human evolution and that sparked off a discussion about how exactly we were related to these amazing creatures. Then we read Mateusz’s mammoth caption about extinction which sparked off another conversation full of very complicated suggestions for why some animals die out.

We also shared some amazing works of art. Morgan had found an gorgeous screenprint of some sunflowers and Ms Steinert showed the class one of her favourite paintings:  Botticelli’s Primavera.

Primavera by Sandro Botticelli [Public domain]

My personal favourite was Mrs Pirie’s discovery. It was a sculpture of three men with fish on their heads sitting in a pond and it was made for Scottish Nuclear by a Scottish artist called Shona Kinloch. It’s called Fission (which is a really terrible pun) and you can see it on this website.

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