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Winnall Primary School

The Arts Hub

The Arts

The arts give 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 in the visual arts, 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.


Take a look at these websites to help children further explore the visual arts.



Art in the Community update

         ( Hampshire Chronicle Article 12/10/23)


Children from Winnall Primary School in front of their artwork

Local children’s artwork unveiled at construction site

Children from a local primary school have designed new artwork that’s helping to brighten up a Winchester City Council development project in Winnall.

The Wates Group, which was appointed by the council to develop 76 new homes on the Winnall Manor Road estate, asked children from Winnall Primary School to create designs to bring some cheer to hoarding around the site.

The children, from year 4 and 5, were given a site tour before creating construction-themed designs with the help of their art teacher, Mrs Sarah Miles.

The children's creations were then super-sized and printed on the hoarding by local social enterprise Nuneaton Signs.

The children’s involvement in the art project is one of the additional social benefits that the development is bringing for the local community. It is part of a wider effort by Wates to encourage children to explore the built environment and construction industry from a young age.

Construction-themed school books and playing cards, assemblies and new playground fencing for Winnall Primary School are just some of the other ways that Wates has supported the local community as part of the development.

The development itself is a mix of private and social housing comprised of 73 new apartments and three two-bed houses.

The homes, which are set to be handed over to the council shortly, are all being built to Passivhaus standards, meaning they’ll be energy efficient and economical to run.


Leader of Winchester City Council Cllr Martin Tod said: 

“It was an absolute pleasure to help the children of Winnall Primary School to unveil their artwork at the site.

The new energy efficient homes are being developed for local people and future generations of Winchester residents, so having local children involved in its development is the perfect start to this ambition.

The artwork itself has certainly brightened the surroundings and we’re thankful to Wates and the staff at Winnall primary school, but most importantly, the children for their wonderful effort.’

Business Development Director at Wates Residential, David Notley said:

“This has been a great project to be part of and we’ve loved seeing the art produced by the students at Winnall Primary School. They bring life and colour to the site and will brighten the day of those that walk past.

“Wates are committed to working with communities beyond building new housing stock.We want to inspire young people to consider a career in our industry in fun and creative ways, and ensure we’re teaching the next generation about innovations that will bring down the environmental footprint of construction.

“We’re utilising Passivhaus in a number of our new developments, including here in Winnall, to create energy efficient homes that are both comfortable and bring down costs for residents, which is so vital in today’s economic climate.”

A spokesperson for Winnall Primary School said:

“Winnall Primary school has loved collaborating with Wates. This project, and the wonderful artwork produced by the children, has brought people together and begun a shared story about the community in which we live and work.

“As the art was unveiled the children spoke about feeling ‘famous’, ‘excited’ and ‘amazed’ as they would never have imagined being able to see their own art, on this scale, on display, outside of school. It promoted in the children a sense of value and raised self-esteem as they spoke about how proud they were of the results.

“A huge thank you to Wates from the pupils at Winnall Primary school.”




Winnall Art on Display

Back in November 2022, Wates construction asked the school if we had some bright and colourful artwork that they could use to enhance the fencing around the building site on Winnall Manor Road. Our year 1 pupils were happy to help out and Mrs Miles sent Wates some images of their beautiful Spiral pictures. These are now on display for all to see. Take a look next time you are passing on your way to Tesco!



Year 6 Summer sculpture project - organic form

We've looked at some great artists this term whilst exploring natural form sculpture.

Here are some links to find out more about them and, see more of their fantastic art.

Sculpture Club

Children from Year 6, have been joining Mrs Miles after school to create  collaborative pieces of 3 dimensional art.

Using foam board, they have designed, decorated and constructed a beautiful slot sculpture that can be taken apart and reassembled again and again that plays with the idea of colour, space, shape, line and form - the principles of art and design.


The idea is to keep adding pieces to see how big it will grow!

Ceramics - fun on the pottery wheel

Spring 2022


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 line drawings - work in progress


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?

The answer?

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

Year 4 -Green Class and Keith Haring

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.

Orange Class’ Joan Miro inspired work. 
In Orange we have been looking at the Spainish artist Joan Miro. We have looked at the lines and the shapes he uses and tried to use them in our art work. We used paint, pencil, oil pastel and chalks. 

We then tried different backgrounds, collage, Paint on the computers and marbling. 

We combined the backgrounds and the images.

We used our ideas to create a Joan Miro inspired shape, which we decorated with shapes and lines. Then we combined them to make group sculptures. A sculpture is a piece of art you can look at all the way around.

Summer 2022

Pimlico Opera

Pimlico launched Primary Robins in 2013, which sees our KS2 classes at Winnall gather around the piano every week, learning songs from a specially-prepared songbook. The project enriches the lives and expands the outlook of our pupils especially those who have little exposure to music.


Integr8 Dance

Integr8 have many years of experience working in schools.

They are qualified, experienced, first aid trained and provide fun after school clubs, and dance sessions for Winnall pupils. They tailor their programmes to each individual school and often tie in with other projects and topics that are taking place within the school and support the National Curriculum. Integr8 teach a wide range of styles and are specialists in Street dance, cheerleading and contemporary. Winnall pupils regularly attend sessions in and out of school and participate in local and national competitions.

Dance - with Integr8


Well done Winnall Squad!
Our after-school dance squad competed against
other dance squads in the Integr8 dance-off last
Friday evening at the Theatre Royal. They
rehearsed and practiced so hard, and I am
delighted to announce that they won the best
concept award!
A special mention also needs to go to Niall Rolfe in
Year 4 who won Best performer!