Wednesday 17 December 2014

Gargoyles Project

In their pottery workshop, our Year 6 pupils looked at the gargoyle. There are so many stunning examples of them and the pupils learnt some interesting facts...
  • A gargoyle is a carved or formed grotesque with a spout designed to carry water from a roof and away from the side of a building. This prevents rainwater from running down walls and damaging them. Architects often used multiple gargoyles on buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. A trough is cut in the back of the gargoyle and rainwater typically exits through the open mouth.
  • Gargoyles are also said to frighten off and protect those that it guards, such as a church, from any evil or harmful spirits.
Once they had looked at some different examples, the children had a go at creating their own.

No comments:

Post a Comment