Art Week

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Art Week

We had a wonderful art week last week. The children thoroughly enjoyed being creative, learning about new artists and their techniques then sharing their work with one another on Friday afternoon. I’m sure you agree from the pictures, all of our classrooms and corridors look amazing with all the high quality art work on display. During the week each class focused on a different artist as follows:

Art week 2020 artists and activities:


Claude Monet

The children created the waterlilies using paper plates and cupcake forms. They mixed paint to cover the plate using their fingers and practiced their fine motor skills to cut the cupcake forms to form the waterlilies.

Relevant Targets:


(painting, textiles, pencils, crayon, pastels)

·         Experimenting with and using primary colours

·         Naming

·         Mixing (not formal)


Paul Klee

The children were learning how shapes can be used to create pictures – linked with Maths. They practiced printing using building blocks and eventually printed with different shapes to make animal figures.

Relevant Targets:


(found materials, wood blocks, press print)

·         Print with variety of objects

·         irregular painting patterns

Year 1

Vincent Van Gogh

To focus on starry night, replicate the painting and compose imaginative poems.

Relevant Targets:

·         I recognize that ideas can be expressed in art work.

·         I can describe what I can see and give a simple opinion about the work of an artist.

·         I can ask questions about a piece of art.

Year 2

Andy Warhol

The children were exploring pop art.

They created self portraits using vivid, unrealistic colours.

Sketching practice of still art followed. The children eventually carved foam in the shape of their sketches and practiced printing using different colours to create a pop art piece.

Relevant Targets:

·         I can choose and use different grades of pencil when drawing.

·         I can suggest how artists have used colour, pattern and shape. (spot them, talk about tools they have used)

·         I can create a piece of art in response to the work of another artist and compare the artwork.

Year 3

Salvador Dali

Introduction to surrealism. The children were sketching Dali’s elephants in order to create a final piece.

Sunset background: wash technique

Their elephant will be glued on the background and so will a drawing of a carriage and their picture.

Poetry: Where is the elephant taking you? Why are you on a spider legged elephant. Great example for imaginative poems.

Relevant Targets:

·         I can use a sketchbook for different purposes including planning and shaping ideas.

·         I can create a background using the wash technique.

·         I can start using sketches to plan before I produce a final piece of art.

·         I can explain how my work can be edited to have a better result.

Year 4

Claude Monet

The children were learning about impressionism. They used acrylic paint for the first time to paint waterlilies and then composed relevant poems.

Artist research to follow.

Relevant Targets:

·         I can acknowledge the styles used by other artists.

·         I can experiment with the styles used by other artists.

·         I can comment on the work of different artists considering their source of inspiration in comparison to mine.

Year 5

Peter Thorpe

Main focus: Space (science unit)

The children were exploring how to use brushes (splatting) and toothbrushes to create replicas of the artists paintings.

Space related poetry.

Relevant Targets:

·         I can research the work of an artist and use their work to replicate a style.

·         I can regularly analyse and reflect on my progress taking in account what I hoped to achieve.

·         I can use artistic language to evaluate a piece of work commenting on techniques and effects.

Year 6

Joan Miro and Pablo Picasso

Joan Miro – Analysis and exploration of colours and shapes.

The children were focusing on details and designing and creating their own abstract pictures using various shapes inspired by the artist.

Pablo Picasso – Research

Poetry based on one of the paintings since there are more opportunities to write an imaginative poem.

Relevant Targets:

·         I can investigate, research and test ideas and plans using sketchbooks.

·         I can explain the style of my work and how it has been influenced by a famous artist.

·         I can use feedback to make amendments and improvement to my art.