Category Archives: Art

Artist Picasso

Today we learnt about the famous artist Picasso.

He created some amazing paintings in the style named cubism. He used unusual shapes and blocks of colour.

Year 4 rolled a dice to help choose unusual facial features and create a picasso like face. They then coloured them in, in his style.

We had some great results! Have a look.

Art Week – Gustav Klimt

Today, Robins looked at a picture by Gustav Klimt called “The Tree of Life”.

They learnt the tree of life represents wisdom, protection, strength, and beauty. It reaches up into the sky and down into the earth. It links Heaven, Earth, and the Underworld.The swirled branches make people want to keep looking at the painting to explore and find more.

Robins then focused on spirals as their theme and Mrs Parry showed the children how to quill. The children created their own designs and pictures. There was real perseverance this afternoon in Year 4!

Drawing skills

This half term, Robins are practising their drawing skills with pencils. They have experimented with different pencils (HB to 6B) and shaded by using cross hatching, hatching, random hatching, stippling, ink wash and contour hatching techniques.

This week Robins watched films of artists drawing fruit and shapes with shadows and then had a go themselves.

Abdulbari, Millie, Cara and Jake were particularly successful and after persevering and concentrating, they all felt really proud of their art work. Well done!

Landscape watercolour painting

Robins finished off their landscape watercolour painting this afternoon. They have been comparing the work of two landscape artists and today, painted an abstract picture in the style of David Hockney. Robins looked at a colour wheel to find out about contrasting colous. Here are some examples of his work and the class interpretations, painting in his style:

David Hockney landscape painting

Respecting art work

Today, Robins were reflective about their current Art topic to date. They discussed the importance of giving
feedback to their partner in a positive and constructive way, to help them rather than offend them.

They talked about being respectful of each other’s individual style, celebrating individuality and diversity. This linked nicely to the two artists we have looked at in our study of landscapes. David Hockney and Heaton Cooper both painted landscapes but their interpretations are completely different!

We tried to give one another specific praise and celebrate our successes together.

Here are the questions:
1. How does the painting make you feel?
2. What do you like about the painting so far? (What went well)
3. Can you suggest anything your partner might consider to improve and develop the art further?
4. Can you share any good tips? Eg How you got a particular effect? (Even better if…)

The history of Bells Farmhouse

On Friday afternoon, Robins visited Bells Farmhouse to found out more about the history of this fantastic Grade II listed building, quite literally on our doorstep!

They had a tour around all the rooms, beginning in the Primrose room after a climb up the steep stairs! Robins were careful whilst climbing the narrow stairs and were inquisitive about every door and room! As Robins are currently writing warning tales in English, they thought this might be a good place for the story setting! There were lots of exposed beams in the timber building and quite a few fireplaces too. Some observant pupils spotted the window frames were alive with ladybirds. There were lots!

Robins found out that Bells Farmhouse is a 17th century Grade II listed building, originally having a hall, best parlour, brewing house, cellar and several fireplaces. It was owned by the Field family who were thought to be a wealthy family.

In the 1980, fires were started deliberately by vandals which gutted the interior and damaged the timber. In 1988 it was the winner of the Country House awards and was presented with an engraved glass bowl by the Earl of Caithness.

Today, the farmhouse is well used by many members of the community for courses, teaching, meetings, church , activities and clubs.

The children were treated to squash and biscuits before being allowed to look at lots of old photographs of the building over various time periods. They also saw a watercolour painting of the building and made links to their current Art lessons!