R10 Art Trip to Big Pit
In Art lessons, R10 pupils have been studying the work of the Polish born artist, Josef Herman, who spent a number of years living in a small mining community in South Wales.
By Dior Wood and Maddy Bullen:
Josef Herman was born in Warsaw on January 3rd 1911 and died in London in 2000. Herman arrived in Britain in the year 1940 which was the year after World War II started. In 1944 he visited Ystradgynlais but ended up staying for a couple of years. He liked to draw the miners and the people around him. Herman drew from memory and his pictures are simple and child-like.
Our trip to Big Pit was good fun and it was very interesting to learn how children as young as five would go down into the mine in the pitch black to earn money for their families. In the mine it was dark and cold but on the surface it was blue and grey with clouds.
15 June 2014
Junior School News