What We Have Been Up To
Autumn Term 2023
4b. Can we experiment with a wide range of paint and painting techniques?
In Year 1/2, children have been experimenting with paint and trying the following techniques: stroke, dab, daub, blend, spread, layer, drip and smear. They used paint on a variety of materials, such as a brush, a finger, a stick, a sponge, a spatula and card, to see how this would alter the outcome of their work. They also experimented with different media such as ready mix paint circles, powder paint circles, watercolour paint ombre and wax crayon resist.
4c. What tools, techniques and media can be used to create specific textures and effects in your paintings?
In Year 3/4, children have looked at the work of Lowry & Pollock considering their use of texture. They looked at how putting additives in paint can change its texture. Sand can create a rough texture, PVA glue will make a shiny finish. They used a range of brushes and tools and demonstrated dotting with the end of the brush and scratching by removing paint using a plastic fork/similar tool. They then designed a piece of art using the skills they have learned and practised to create a picture of a view from our school.
3d. How do you use techniques to add greater detail and realism to drawings (such as using perspective and creating texture)?
In Year 5/6, children have been exploring different sketching techniques, including, hatching, cross-hatching, contour hatching, stippling and blending. They looked at and had a go at drawing different textures such as wood, bricks, marble and rock. They used different sketching pencils to explore tone and shading in their sketch-books. They looked at images of The Heydar Aliyev Centre which is a building complex in Baku, Azerbaijan designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for its distinctive architecture flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles before following a step-by-step plan to re-create a sketch of the building. Children were then inspired by Stephen Wiltshire, a famous cityscape drawer, and drew their own two-point perspective cityscapes.