We were learning about pirates. Dennis made a picture of Pirates being captured by children. We had been reading the story “Class Three All At Sea” by Julia Jarman where the children were kidnapped by the pirates and luckily the sea creatures came to the rescue.
We had been learning about Dinosaurs and Harry painted a triceratops. He was able to tell me many facts about them:
They fight with their really sharp horns.
They lived 65 million years ago and they died a very long time ago.
It’s called triceratops because it has three horns.
I like all the colours in the rainbow and it was the easiest thing to draw. I used different coloured pens and drew it outside in the playground on the wall.
I like my parrot because it is nicely drawn and is quite neat. I got the patterns and the right colours in the right places. I used pencil to draw it and colouring pencils to colour it in.
I enjoyed painting to music. It gave me the feeling of what to paint. I mixed the colours by overlapping them. It didn’t matter what the new colours looked like.
I enjoyed making different colours by mixing them. I used water colour paints. The water made the colours mix to make new colours.
My favourite thing in Art was sticking feathers, glitter and craft bits onto the rebellious art pictures.
I liked making monster faces out of clay because I liked the touch of it. I loved the sewing because I like patterns. I enjoyed doing the pastels because I thought it was very fun.
I liked doing my Habitat drawing because I like and I used dark blue, orange, red, light blue, pink, purple and black. We also used pastels, glitter, glue, googly eyes, craft bits, painting, clay, sewing, collage and photographs in Art this year.
I enjoyed the pastel work when we drew Van Gogh sunflowers. I had to look closely to get the right shape and colour. It was very difficult but I was pleased with my sunflowers.
I enjoyed making the castles because we could use lots of skills like cutting and making the drawbridge. I found the cutting of the turrets easy but making the drawbridge was tricky. I painted my castle grey after covering it in newspaper.
I used sticks to make some of my artwork. Then, I found some chalk and I drew a smiley face and called my artwork 'Jeff Land'. My artwork is a pattern and I am really proud of it!
We had a great time in Term 3 doing a magic milk experiment. We used food dyes, milk and washing up liquid to create an explosion of colour. We then printed the patterns onto watercolour paper and then used pastel and charcoal to create cave paintings on the top. It has lots of animals on it such as an auroch, a wooly mammoth and a sabre toothed tiger. I was so proud of my work!
This year in art I learnt that you can make art in lots of different wats, such as with your hands and feet. I have enjoyed being creative this year, and being able to try new things and come up with new ideas. We have learnt a lot about sketching skills when we sketched birds of prey, as well as painting with different brushes and materials. My favourite project this year was the magic milk experiment that we used to make our own paper for cave paintings. We placed food colouring in milk, and used washing up liquid to mix the colours together. It was really fun.
We have learnt a lot about sketching this year in art and lots of other techniques as well, like using clay, and other materials to make our work. I enjoyed drawing the birds of prey as I like animals, and I was able to practice my drawing skills to make them better. We learnt lots of different skills in drawing. I have learnt to crosshatch, and I thought it was quite tricky but now I am good at it. This makes my drawing look better and more real. My favourite project this year was the ‘Art Rebels’ competition because we could make anything we wanted, and use anything we wanted to make it. I used clay, paper and paint to create my ‘Art Rebels’ sculpture.
Adela / Amelie:
We have learnt different techniques in sketching, such as cross hatching and scribbling for shading and definition. For our topic Blue Abyss, we looked at pictures and photographs of different sea creatures and used our knowledge of observational drawing to sketch them, trying to make them as realistic as possible. We also created a picture using paints and cut outs to show perspective.
We also looked at different artists and sculptors and compared their work. We created our own version of a seascape picture using pastels and pencils.
My scene of Harold’s death is from the Bayeux Tapestry. We used a variety of sketching techniques such as dotting, scribble, hatching and cross hatching.
This piece of art is linked to our topic of Blue Abyss. To make the art, we had to think about the different colour values using different shades of blue. We mixed the shades from lightest to darkest and then added sea creatures.
This art was created based on the Hans Holbein (1497-1543) – Miniature Portraits. This was during our Tudor topic and Amelia chose Anne Boleyn. Their objective was to use water colours to create varying skin tones and to include fine details to the portrait.
During our Black Death topic we looked at the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The children then had to select the most effective medium for this piece of work and explain their choices. In this example James used water colours and after, he evaluated his design.
Maisy / Juliet:
Initially, we sketched out the shape of our chosen letter and then we added details such as mythical creatures, animals, patterns, flowers etc. within our frame. Next we practiced using colour layering with pencils and how to change the tone and shades of colours being adding different amounts of pressure. We then used metallic pens to illuminate the outline of our letters to make them stand out on the page. Finally, outlining fine liners were used to add detail to our final designs.
We learnt how to draw a realistic self-portrait using shape and proportion lines. We began by studying the shape of our faces in a mirror, exploring proportion lines and where our features were in relation to others on our faces. Step by step we practised and sketched various eyes, nose shapes and mouths. This skill took us many weeks of practise before applying to our final piece. We practised different techniques to build up our skills and learnt how to achieve realistic different elements of our drawings. We shared our progress and supported others who needed it, finally celebrating and evaluating our finished portraits.
I have really enjoyed art in year 5 because we could be free with our own choices and make our art the way we wanted to, it was personal art and we could express ourselves how we felt suited the projects.
Techniques we have covered in Year 5
How to create and vary tones with a selected medium
Choosing an appropriate format and medium for our art work
Layering paint to add detail
Using pastels and charcoals – Plague doctor art
Shading skills including cross hatching, hatching and stippling.
Using clay to make the head of one of the sons of Horus for our Egyptian canopic jars
Reproducing work from a selected time period – miniature Tudor Portraits.
I was pleased with the stitches and sewing the things on to the cushion because they weren’t too scruffy.
I would change the shape of my design because it was my first time doing something like this. It also took a long time and put me behind.
I found the sewing quite easy and even though I stabbed myself, I also found it relaxing. The stuffing was difficult to me because the shape was awkward because I had to poke the stuffing in the corners.
(Emily helped me a lot).
I was pleased with my design and how I stuffed it so much.
Next time I would make it bigger or change the shape.
I didn’t find anything hard except getting the fabric through the needle hole (eye).
I enjoyed putting the materials on it and sewing; it was really fun.
In art we have mainly been focusing on water colours. We have learnt how to blend colours, make tints, shades and learnt what a hue is. A hue is a colour that you start with then you can experiment with other colours, which is called blending. A tint is when you make another colour lighter by mixing it with white. A shade is when you make a colour darker by mixing it with a bit of black. When doing art you MUST remember that nothing is just one solid block colour.
Art Rebels Finalist
As you are all aware, we submitted 14 entries to this years ‘Portfolio’ competition ‘Art Rebels’, hosted by the Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate. The theme of this year’s contest was to create work that was inspired by, or encompassed the act of rebellion. Pupils explored a variety of thought provoking and challenging themes and were given the freedom to experiment with innovative approaches to mark-making, the use of colour and sculpture using found objects. They really pushed the boundaries to create their rebellious pieces of art! We were very proud to receive an invite to the final of the ‘Portfolio’ competition on Wednesday 1st May in support of one of our Year 1 pupils Joe, whose work was selected from over 1300 entries. Joe produced a piece of outdoor wall art that was bold and exciting and which the judges described as fitting the competition brief perfectly, really capturing the spirit of being a rebel. Joe will have his work displayed at the Turner Contemporary Gallery Margate and at 3 other venues around the UK over the course of the year.
Art Rebels Competition
Last week, we have celebrated our 'Art Rebels' competition with a special, whole school assembly. The brief for this competition was to create rebellious artwork and to try new and daring things. Children were given the freedom to experiment with many different types of media and techniques and were given the opportunity to choose their own themes. We had a wide variety of responses, ranging from experimental outdoor art, defacing copies of the work of known artists, sculptural pieces and work which makes the viewer reflect on thought provoking topics such as climate change, the effect of plastic on our environment and animal cruelty.
It was very difficult to choose overall winners for each class, as all entries displayed creativity and interesting themes, but the following children received a £10 voucher to spend on Amazon in recognition of their efforts:
YR - Joshua and George
Y1 - Joe and Rajni
Y2 - Isla and Millie
Y3 - Ava and Florence
Y4 - Lara and Faith
Y5 - Holly and Amy
Y6 - Jeremiah and Henry
Year 5 Self Portraits
This year’s art is really fun as we have been doing self-portraits and more exiting art. We made self-portraits using accurate proportions and different shading. It took 3 weeks to complete and we practised on the next pages in our art books. The eyes were my favourite because the other parts like the nose and mouth were tricky. We had to practise hair without doing tons of lines before we did the shading and adding any other bits like the neck and shoulders.
During this year, we have been doing art. We have experimenting different technical features and how to draw realistic facial features.
During term 4, we have been drawing self-portraits. The first steps was drawing an oval and then guide lines, the second lesson was about practising drawing eyes, noses and mouths. In the next lesson, we added the eyes, nose, mouth and also the ears, next we practised hair (we didn’t just draw hundreds of lines). The last step was adding hair and shading. In total, it took three weeks to complete.
During Year 5, we have practised our skills of technical art from painting with food to drawing self-portraits. To do the self-portraits, we drew ovals, then added proportion lines and the neck (for step 1). In step 2, you drew eyes nose and mouth, it was realistic already! Then next week, we drew on the ears, hair and then shaded. We learnt different techniques of shading, like crosshatching, hatching and stippling. It was so fun and I would like to do it again. Although it took many tries, it turned out so amazing that I didn’t mind.
Pupils have recently enjoyed participating in an Art competition: 'Art Inspired by Different Cultures' and the standard of the work produced was very high!
Each class chose a different country as their focus for the competition and linked their artwork to traditional stories from that particular place.
Although it was very difficult to decide, pictured below are the winners from each class. The pupils were chosen for various reasons: composition, use of different materials, mixed media, experimentation with different techniques and their creative approach to the project.
The overall winner of the competition was Oliver from Kestrel Class, who produced a visually exciting illustration of a snake which was inspired by Egyptian stories.
Congratulations to all of the winners and well done to all of the children that entered the contest!