Category Archives: Art

Colour Washes

This week, children in Year 4 have continued with their Art topic of Picasso. They have been creating colour washes ready for their ‘Picasso style’ artwork later in the term. They created beautiful backdrops in pale blue and pink. We can’t wait to see the finished pieces!

Amazing Art

Today, Robins in year 4 started their very first art topic: Picasso. The children were given a jigsaw of a Picasso painting and they had to assemble it without knowing what the paintings looked like. They were no match for our clever Robins and pretty soon they had the jigsaws built. They then studied lots of interesting facts about the artist and learnt all about periods of his painting such as his ‘Blue Period’.

Inspirations from Holst and Pollock

Today we were introduced to Jackson Pollock – an influential American painter, and the leading force behind the abstract expressionist movement in the art world.

Pollock‘s dripping technique involved pouring and splashing liquid paint onto a canvas rather than using a brush. He would lay the canvas on the floor and use different tools like sticks and brushes to control the flow and movement of the paint. The result was a beautiful chaos of colours and lines that seemed to capture the energy and emotion of the artist.Pollock‘s paintings were often enormous, covering the entire length and width of the canvas. They were filled with vibrant colours, bold strokes, and intricate patterns, giving viewers a sense of movement and excitement. His paintings were not meant to represent anything specific, but rather to evoke an emotional response from the viewer.

Having been inspired by Jackson Pollock. Robins had a go at making their own pieces of art using the paint flicking and blowing techniques to show stars, planets, and galaxies.



Listen below to The Planets – Gustav Holst

P.S Did you know?

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No 5 1948

Pollock‘s most famous painting, “No. 5, 1948,” is an excellent example of his dripping technique. It sold for a record-breaking $140 million in 2006, making it one of the most expensive paintings ever sold.

The Promise

This week we looked at our new class reader, “The Promise” We listened to the story and read it together.

We then were inspired to draw two contrasting pieces of art based on Druids Heath.

One showing how dull the area would be without nature and one with.

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Extension: Listen to a read aloud of the book below.

On a mean street in a mean city, a thief tries to snatch an old woman’s bag. But she finds she can’t have it without promising something in return – to “plant them all”. When it turns out the bag is full of acorns, the young thief embarks on a journey that changes her own life and the lives of others for generations to come. Inspired by the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now, more than ever, we need to renew that relationship, The Promise is the story of a magical discovery that will touch the heart and imagination of every reader, young and old. With poignant simplicity, honesty and lyricism, Nicola Davies evokes a powerful vision of a world where people and nature live in harmony. And Laura Carlin’s delicate illustrations capture a young girl’s journey from a harsh, urban reality to the beauty and vitality of a changed world.

Art Week: Mars

Robins listened to Mars by Gustav Holsts.

Gustav Holst was a British composer best known for his orchestral suite ‘The Planets’. A suite is a group of individual pieces. There are seven pieces in ‘The Planets’ and ‘Mars, the Bringer of War’ is the first one.

In ancient Roman religion Mars was the god of war. Holst composed this piece in anticipation of the outbreak of World War One. It’s a march but an unusual one. Normally a march has 4 beats in a bar so you can say “left, right, left, right” but Mars has 5 beats in a bar; tricky to march to!

Robins used their creativity to imagine what the music could represent.

Digital Media

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 compositionfocus on a subject and adjust the brightness when needed.

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. 

Understanding Tone in Art

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?

Our own Mosaics

Robins enjoyed creating their final Roman inspired mosaic pieces.

We have used many skills including:

  • Select and arranging materials
  • Working with precision
  • Deciding when to overlap / not overlap to create tesselating shapes.
  • Consider the use of symmetry
  • Refining our piece with a Roman/Greek inspired border