Category Archives: Art

Repeated Patterns

In Art today Robins were looking at repeating and tessalating patterns.

We had a go at continuing Greek inspired patterns that the Roman’s loved. It required us to analyse the pattern. Could we spot the repeated pattern? Mr Lo asked us to use our computational thinking knowledge and think about pattern recognition, for example. two yellow one blue two yellow one blue.

Mr Crooks then introduced to them Solomon’s knot. We talked about how it often appears in ancient Roman mosaics, usually represented as two interlaced ovals.

He then modelled how to draw it.

We showed good concentration and independence by having a go at drawing it with precision by ourselves.

Well done to Oliver! You were amazing in Art today.

Final art pieces

The Robins have been learning about Pablo Picasso in their Art lessons. We have looked at the different periods in which his paintings went through; blue period, Cubism, African period and the rose period.

This morning, the Robins were creating their final piece. They had chosen one of the periods to take their inspiration from, used the work they had previously done in their sketch books to paint either a self-portrait ,a portrait of someone else or their own creative cubism inspired piece of art.
First, they drew an outline in faint pencil.

Lots of wonderful concentration

Then, they either used water colours or oil pastel to create their art work.

Here are their final pieces.

Rose period inspired art

Exploring Cubism

This half term Robins have been studying Pablo Picasso.

Today they discussed all about cubism and had a go at creating their own cubism inspired portraits.

Excellent concentration! Well done to those of you who took care in using the oil pastels.

Notice the shapes and strong colours.

illustrations for poetry.

This afternoon, Robins were illustrators. We were painting and drawing images inspired by our class reader The Promise. We looked at the illustrations in the book, the colours used, the techniques and style. We noticed how they changed throughout the book, from grey, black and brown to green and much more vibrant.

We planned what we wanted to draw this morning and then this afternoon, used sketching pencils, water colours and wax crayons. We will use the images as the background for our city poems.

Digital Art – Rural and Urban

On Wednesday Robins showed concentration and creativity whilst having a go at taking their own photo’s.  They demonstrated they were able to use grid lines to plan their composition, focus on a subject and adjust the brightness when needed.


Let’s take a look at some of their pieces! Don’t they look good?


Robins explored the use of Pixlr (an online photo editor )

They discovered how they could not only apply pre-set filters but also change individual settings, thus becoming advanced photo editors.

It was great fun experimenting how to adjust settings such as Vibrance, Saturation, Hue, Brightness, Contrast and temperature. This required a lot of active listening, concentration, perseverance and creative thinking. 

Having mastered the controls; Robins had to edit their photo  to match the style of

Joe Cornish (Colour)

Ansel Adams (Black and White)



Extension: At home, access pixlr by clicking here! 


Digital Media

In Art, Robins have been learning about Joe Cornish, a landscape photographer and Ansel Adams.

Today, they learnt about how to use an iPad to capture images.  Mr Lo mentioned about focus, brightness and how to use the zoom. He also showed how to ensure the device is held properly to avoid shake.



After taking the photos, Robins learnt how to transfer the photos onto our school shared area wirelessly.

Next week, we look forward to editing them in the style of Joe Cornish or Ansel Adams.


Investigating the hardness of pencils.

In Art this afternoon, the Robins were exploring sketching pencils. We looked at the different names of the pencils and what they mean and what we would use them for. Then we experimented with the different pencils in our sketch books. We compared the H and B pencils and what was different about them.

As an extension activity Mr Lo showed Robins how to write volcano (known as a fire mountain) in Chinese. Volcano in Chinese is made up of the Chinese characters for Fire and Mountain.  Can you see how the Chinese characters are pictograms?

Notice how Robins,   shaded in various parts of the flames using different sketching pencils to see how the difference in tones between pencils.