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April 2021 – Year 5 drop in art club

This week we launched our new lunchtime drop in art club. It was brilliant to see so many of our year 5s come along to engage in their own art.

April 2021 – Botanical Drawings
Year 5 are learning about the reproductive parts of flowers. Alongside that, they have been finding out about the history of the Botanical drawings and making their own careful drawings and paintings of tulips.

Y3 Spring topic – Cityscapes
Year 3 have been learning all about cities around the world. In Art they have been looking at the work of Stephen Wiltshire MBE, London architecture, and buildings designed by the architect Zaha Hadid.




Y2 Lockdown Art – Northern Lights
Year 2 have been creating Northern Lights pictures with the art materials they have at home. Look at the range of techniques they have used.

March 2021 - Spring Photography Competition
Well done to all the entrants to our Spring Photography Competition. We loved looking through your photos and seeing all the things you have been up to during Lockdown.
Head to our competitions page to find out the winning entries.


February 2021 - half term activities
During half term next week there are all sorts of lovely art activities you could do. You might like to:
1. Design and make your hat for World Book Day
2. Make doves from old milk containers ready to contribute to the flock of doves we’ll be assembling in the Summer term. (scroll down to find the instructions)
3. Have a look at some of these activities from the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich.
I particularly like the outdoor art activity where you look for faces in trees. I wonder which will be your favourite.


February 2021 – Children’s Mental Health Week

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This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme is ‘Express Yourself.’
Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

Researchers have found that drawing is really good for everyone’s mental health – children and adults. It can help us express our ideas and feelings, helps us relax, it can distract us, help us concentrate, improve our confidence and well-being and so much more. So we are going to keep drawing and keep improving our skills in our Virtual Art Club. This week we’ll be looking at how Picasso expressed himself with just one line and trying to do the same. If you haven’t joined the art club yet, but would like to join in, ask to join our Google Classroom.
Or you could try some of these fun activities:

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January 2021 - Y3 Lockdown Art - Reach for the Stars

This half term our School Value is Aspiration and Year 3 have been thinking about reaching for their goals. They looked at the work of Romero Britto whose work spreads love and happiness and created their own colourfully patterned hands.

Scroll through to find the instructions to make your own Britto style hands.

January 2021 – Virtual art club

Art club is going virtual! This means anyone can join in!
Each week Mrs Booth will share some activities to do at home on the club’s Google Classroom. Then on a Wednesday lunchtime, those who can will meet up on zoom for a fun activity.

Virtual art club’s first home activity – Doves of Peace and Love
The Y3 art club had decided that they would like to make birds to hang from the trees in Sophia’s Garden. We can take inspiration for this from the artist Michael Pendry who creates art installations from thousands of origami doves. These doves are on a journey through churches around the world, from Jerusalem, to Salisbury, New York and San Francisco to spread message of peace and hope. A fantastic piece of art to be thinking about this week as Wednesday is Holocaust Memorial Day.
Find out more here:

At home, you can make as many doves as you like with your families. You don’t have to be in our art club to join in. For now, you can hang your doves in your house or in your garden, then later in the year we’ll bring all our doves together to create our own message of peace and hope.

December 2020 – Art club update
The Pupil Arts Council would like to create bring the arts into Sophia’s Garden.
In the Y3 art club, we have been looking around and thinking about we can make and do to make the garden feel calm and uplifting. We have made a long list of ideas, from mobiles to a giant willow hedgehog den!

We decided to start by making things for Sophia’s garden that are inspired by famous artists. We had a look at different ideas and we all liked Kandinsky’s Circles. We had already decided that we wanted to make a mobile made of wood slices and we thought that this would be perfect inspiration for it.

We used acrylic paint pens to create colourful concentric circles on our wood slices. We are going to string these together and hang them up in Sophia’s Garden.

Find out more about Sophia’s Garden:


Y1 Remembrance Day poppies
Year 1 took inspiration from the artist Georgia O’Keefe when creating their oil pastel poppies for Remembrance Day.

Reception Autumn Term Art - exploring
Reception have enjoyed exploring mark making and using different materials.

Y1 Autumn Term Art – paper weaving
While learning about Materials in Science, Year 1 explored paper weaving.



Y4 Autumn Term Art – tints and shades
Year 4 have been practicing mixing tints and shades as well as warm and cool colours. Alongside their topic on Misty Mountains and Winding Rivers, they looked at the work of British born artist, Ted Harrison. They explored his lines and colour palette and began designing their own Ted Harrison style picture.


Y5 Autumn Term Art – wax resist
Year 5 spent the Autumn term developing techniques for using watercolors and wax resist.
They started by exploring wax relief to create microbe pictures inspired by Coronavirus images. As their topic was Alchemy Island they then moved on to magic spells and potions.

They then all created a Malamander’s eye (a creature in the book they were reading). For this they all worked step by step together, first creating texture with oil pastels, then applying watercolour in layers. They used a colour wheel to chose a complimentary colour for the iris to make it pop out.
Year 5 finished their unit by applying their new skills and techniques to design and make a Malamander egg for their eye to peer out of.




Y6 Autumn Term Art - Watercolours
Year 6 enjoyed learning watercolour techniques in the Autumn term culminating in some fantastic Lighthouse paintings.

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