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Art Week

Alston's Art Gallery

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Children in Nursery have been learning about buildings and have learnt about famous architects such as William the Conqueror and Henry Yevele. The children then drew and built their own houses from 2D shapes focusing on lines and structure. They also learnt about the work of famous artist, Paul Klee, concentrating on his painting 'Castle and Sun'. From this, the children created their own castle pictures using shapes and chalk to add features and textures to their designs.






In Reception, children have been looking at George Seurat's pointillism work. The children have been creating their own animals using pointillism through the method of finger painting. They then focused on a piece of George Seurat's work and completed some fantastic writing about it! This week they have also focused on symmetry in Reception and learnt what symmetry is creating their own symmetrical butterflies!

Year 1


Year 1 have been looking as Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian artist famous for his abstract style. They have looked at a variety of his pictures including the 'Colour Studies' and 'Red Spot II'. They learnt about primary and secondary colour and enjoyed colour mixing with their fingers. Using a variety of mediums, including charcoal, pen, pencil and paint, the children explored different lines including curved, straight and zigzag. For their final piece, they created their own abstract piece of art, including the techniques used, in the style of Kandinsky.

Year 2


Year 2 began Art Week by looking at the work of famous architects, Jan Kaplickvand and Amanda Levete. The children learnt to draw lines and textures with a variety of media and sketched the Selfridges building, which the two architects are famous for designing. Year 2 also looked at the work of Victorian artist, Augustin Edouart - he was famous for creating portrait silhouettes. The children used the ombre technique in preparation for their silhouettes.

Year 3


Year 3 have been learning about lots of challenging art and design skills. They have studied a famous American artist called Andy Warhol and a Scottish architect and designer called Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The children enjoyed creating visual Pop Art in the style of Andy Warhol using computer software and contrasting colours. They have created beautiful stained glass windows featuring the renowned ‘Mackintosh Rose’. Finally, they made their own Islamic tiles using clay and acrylic paints, limiting their use of colour to create vivid patterns.

Year 4


This week in year 4, children studied the work of famous architect, Christopher Wren and famous Scottish artist, Steven Brown. They sketched St. Paul’s Cathedral using a variety of pencil grades. After experimenting with the different pencils, the children realised that they could create different tones using different sketching pencils. Year 4 also had to practice their painting skills, where they learnt many different techniques, such as scumbling. They then applied these skills and techniques to their own painting that was inspired by their artist.


Year 5


In year 5, the children first looked at the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi. They learnt all about how he uses ideas of natural aspects and the mosaic technique to create designs that show movement. Year 5  also studied the work of L.S Lowry, who created oil paintings of landscapes and portraits, using only a palette of five colours. The children then created their own Lowry design using pastel crayons and different shading techniques. Year 5’s writing was linked to this as they wrote a short story about what happened next in our 'Lowry Scene'. Next, they designed their own Celtic knot patterns in maths and discussed how their shading skills could help to create a 3D effect.


Year 6


Year 6 have been studying the architectural style of Frank Gehry. They experimented with different pencil grades and created a sketch of some of the famous buildings that Gehry designed, such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. The children also looked at the work of Edvard Munch and used oil pastels to produce their own version of his very famous painting, ‘The Scream’. In maths, children looked at optical illusions and impossible objects. Inspired by the ‘Penrose Triangle’, children then drew their own using a ruler to measure accurately.