Art gives children the opportunity to present themselves and show their journey through observation, experimentation, reflection and play.
At Winnall Primary school, pupils are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media including pencil, charcoal, ink, wire, plaster, clay, foam, fabric and wood. Manipulative skills are developed through an awareness of the elements of art - colour, line, shape, space as well as the principles of design - pattern, balance, rhythm and unity for example. Children study the work and techniques of a range of diverse artists and research art forms/movements and the history of art from other cultures.
At Winnall Primary school we ensure that children in all year groups have the opportunity to develop their skills in drawing, painting, print and sculpture each year whilst learning about the techniques of other artists and designers to inspire their own work.
During the Spring term 2022, this included the work of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Bridget Riley, Alexander Calder and Karl Blossfeldt.
The children are encouraged to explore and share ideas while creating their artwork and evaluating through review, discussion and feedback, as a group and individually, against a given success critieria.
A gallery of the children's work from the Spring term.
Year 6 - wire animals in the style of Picasso's continuous line drawings.
What is Drawing?
During art lessons in Year 6, we have been asking the question - What is Drawing?
Drawing skills go far beyond formal skills like - line, shape, form,tone and perspective. These skills form just one small part of what 'drawing' might be.
We have been looking at how drawing develops hand and eye coordination, how drawing enables us to make exciting art and how it encourages us to feel confident to make creative marks in response to thoughts and feeling as well as more traditional stimulus. Drawing helps us to understand how to take creative risks. We have practised skills to enable us to experiment with different mediums. Through looking at our own drawings and mark making and those of other artists, we are learning how to become more visually literate and to share our thoughts and views and listen to others. These are important skills which we make time for in our art lessons. They also translate into the rest of our school life in how we communicate with others socially and how it can benefit us emotionally as well. Drawing incorporates so may different skills. One child might favour neat controlled techniques, another child may prefer more imaginative or expressive work.
As teachers we strive to provide opportunities for children to practise the full variety of skills, so that each child finds their way into drawing that suits them. This makes drawing as inclusive and accessible as possible.
Below are some examples of Year 6 experimentation with mark making, in a range of different mediums, from pencil, charcoal and ink to mono printing and watercolours.
Year 6 - Reverse Tone charcoal drawings in the style of Karl Blossfeldt.
Using the beautiful photography of Karl Blossfeldt as inspiration, the Year 6's created their own versions in charcoal. They worked in reverse by covering the paper in charcoal first then using putty rubbers they took away the light areas to leave the darker areas. Next they used the charcoal once more and white chalk to add fine details and achieve a wide range of tone.
This technique is really fun, messy and if the children make a mistake they just rub some more charcoal over the top!
Red Class meets Picasso
This project focussed on Picasso’s cubist portraits.
We discussed how Picasso liked to experiment and play in his paintings. He enjoyed changing how the face could look from lots of different angles at the same time – this is called cubism.
He was a very important artist because he tried lots of new ideas and didn’t give up even when people made fun of his work. He is now considered one of the most important artists ever because he invented so many new ways of making art!
The children were so excited that they were going to design and make their own portraits in the style of Picasso.
We think they look great!
Blue class creating their own work in the style of Henri Matisse
Green Class have been studying the artist Keith Haring and have been inspired by his use of the human body and figures to recreate some of his art work. We were also keen to use our mark making skills we have learnt to decorate these.