Thursday, April 30, 2015


 In y3 we've been creating some wax resist pieces. We used oil pastel rather than wax crayon as it was easier to work with. Next week we'll be cutting them up into 'vases'.

In y1 we continued with our growing theme and created pieces that included something extending! The children had great ideas - a car becoming a stretch limo, an elephants trunk growing longer. a giraffe's neck extending, Rapunzel's hair growing etc.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


A pic of three, first stage, footy paintings currently on my 'painting' table. Each one is on canvas board and measures 18 x 24cm.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Today the y2's, as part of their studies about weather, looked at artworks that portrayed foggy/misty conditions. They looked at the work of Monet & Whistler in particular. They then had a go at trying to represent fog using black felt pens and layered tracing paper. The second photo shows an atmospheric picture of a misty forest.   

Monday, April 27, 2015

A is for...

Quick doodle for today. 

Have been thinking about the current 'craze' for adult colouring books - and wondering if perhaps there might now be more of a market for my incredibly simple, but extremely effective, drawing book ('A is for Art')?! In the past I've tried one or two publishers to little effect but have managed to sell nearly 100 copies on the internet with virtually no promotion on my part. Maybe its time to ramp up the effort as there is definitely a market out there for folk who want to improve their doodling to the point of creating recognisable images. Hmmm, food for thought.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


In y1 today we created pieces that showed flowers growing. They made a simple pull up the flap mechanism to make a stem, leaves and finally a flower appear, after having been watered and exposed to sunlight. We then progressed on to a 'beanstalk' version where the beanstalk will 'grow' before finally reaching the clouds and the giants castle. The last pic shows the layout of all the pieces on an A4 size piece of card.                         

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A is for...

In y3 today we drew characters from Ancient Greek myths and legends. We used an 'A' to draw Perseus, The Minotaur and a Cyclops. We were aiming for quick representational images, not realistic portrayals as we are going to be using this technique to aid our story mapping.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Our Y5's are studying the physical geography of the world, so for art we've flipped the idea on its head and are going to be looking at using art to portray the world in a visually deceptive way ie. not concrete or real - think, Escher, Dali, Magritte etc.
We did lots of drawing today.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Our y2's are learning about 'weather' so today we looked at several artworks. We discussed a japanese print, a Van Gogh drawing, a constable oil study and a contemporary work by Alexander Millar. From these we then had a go at drawing our own comparative pictures - one showing a fine , sunny day and one showing a miserable, grey, rainy day.

Inspired by the Millar painting ("singin' in the rain") I managed a quick doodle.