Art Week at Ridgeway
Summer Term 1
Impressionistic Modern Art by 4S
Inspired by Leonid Afremov
We looked at examples of
Afremov's work and designed our
We over-lapped the paint dabs to
re-create Afremov's impressionistic
Afremov uses a palette knife to
paint his pictures. To get a similar
effect, we used a glue spreader.
We mixed the paints to get the
colours we wanted.
4S learnt about the artist, Leonid Afremov. He is a modern artist,
who is still painting today therefore, this showed the children
that art is a contemporary thing and should be continued.
The children learnt to mix the primary colours to make the
different shades that they needed. They learnt that
impressionistic art is not exact and therefore, children could use
their own creativity to re-create the artwork they had seen, in
their own way.
Outside Art by 1H
Inspired By Andy Goldsworthy
Making observations of natural
materials found in the school garden.
Taking rubbings in our sketchbooks
using wax crayons.
Sketching out designs for our
sculptures, inspired by Goldsworthy.
Working together to create natural
During Art Week we were inspired by the work of sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. After looking at a
selection of his work we discovered that he likes to create shapes and patterns using materials found
Together, we decided to investigate what we could find in the school garden to make our own art. First
we explored different textures by taking rubbings using wax crayons and put these together in our own
sketchbooks. We talked together about the different patterns and textures we had created.
Then we took inspiration from Goldsworthy to sketch our own sculpture designs. We discussed our
designs with a partner and combined our ideas to create some fantastic sculptures in the garden using
leaves, twigs, pine cones, stones, petals and other natural materials!
After a few days we went back outside to look at our work again, just as Andy does. We noticed that the
changes in the weather had altered our sculptures and had made some brand new art!
During the week we also developed our ICT skills by using tools to edit a picture. We learned how to
open a saved photograph of a sculpture and used 2 Paint a Picture to edit it, exploring different effects.
Art Week – Foundation Stage (Nur & Rec)
Inspired By Paul Klee
The children looked at the work of Paul Klee and then used shapes to
create pictures. We had muddle up sessions to allow the children to
choose which media they wanted to use to complete their Paul Klee
inspire piece. The children chose from printing with shapes, chalk, and
collage using gummed paper and using a template to colour.
Sunflowers by 2R
Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh
Mark Making Van Gogh style
We used ICT program ‘2paint a
picture’ to create sunflowers.
Colour mixing using the primary
colours of red, yellow and blue.
Recreating Van Gogh’s ‘The
Sunflowers’ using only the primary
colours and white.
Pupils in 2R thoroughly enjoyed discovering about the life and work of
Vincent Van Gogh. They could explain which paintings they liked and give
reasons. Pupils explored how they could mix and make new colours by
using the primary colours of red, yellow and blue. After colour mixing,
they then had a go at the distinctive strokes that Van Gogh used in all of
his paintings. Finally, 2R reproduced the class favourite ‘Sunflowers’.
They were only allowed to use the primary colours and white and we
were really pleased with the results!
We had great fun and learnt lots about our artist and his techniques.
Abstract Art by 3E
Inspired By Wassily Kandinsky
We created our own Musical Art
using the same techniques which
We explored how to mix colours to
create different colours and tones.
We shared and evaluated our work
as a class.
We shared our experiences of Art
Week with 4B.
We had great fun during Art Week. Our chosen artist was a Russian man called
Wassily Kandinsky, who produced a form of art called Abstract. He used shapes and
colours to express himself. While he was producing his art, he listened to music and
recorded what he saw in his imagination. We explored a range of sketching
techniques, such as scumbling, linear and pointillism. Using these techniques, we
produced a piece of art work whilst listening to music, just like Kandinsky did. We
explored mixing colours, discovering how to produce different colours and tones.
We then used these colours to replicate a piece of Kandinsky’s art work.
Street Graffiti Art 6W
Inspired By Banksy
Pupils utilise the computer and software on the
Ipads, altering the contrast and image colour to
create a black and white image.
Showing a skill in dabbing technique
with paint over the stencil to create
the effect of spray can paint.
Tricky work - cutting tracing paper / card
with scissors to create a stencil.
Street art is cool! The children
felt proud of their creations.
Year 6 pupils investigated the art world of the elusive Banksy and his
rather political views; was it right or wrong to do graffiti art and the
messages behind them effective. Looking into his techniques and need to
prepare his artwork for speedy production during the dark hours, children
utilised Photoshop-style software on the computers to modify
photographs into a black and white image; necessary to separate colour
for tone effect. They then applied their cutting skills with scissors to make
stencils as well as going on to recreate the effect of spray can paint with
sponge and material dabbing. Applying the stencil image onto a preprinted wall managed to recreate the Banksy effect.
Pop Art by 1B
Inspired by Andy Warhol
Some of our Pop Art inspired
Mickey Mouse pictures.
We painted one of the images of
our faces using brightly coloured
We coloured one of the images of
our faces in using bright coloured
An example of what our finished
Andy Warhol inspired ‘Self Portrait’
In 1B we have been finding out all about Pop Art and the work of Andy
Warhol. We looked at a range of Warhol’s art; identifying his use of bold,
bright colours and repeated images of celebrities and familiar, everyday
items. We recreated Warhol’s ‘Mickey Mouse’ using wax crayons then
colour washed over the top of them. We also recreated ‘Self Portrait’
using four images of ourselves. We kept one image in colour, one image
in black and white, coloured one image in bold, bright colours using
pencil crayons and we painted the other image using brightly coloured
Art Inspired By Salvador Dali
We spent a lot of time learning about
Salvador Dali. He was a very interesting
artist! We completed a fact file and
shared our facts with 4S.
We use oil pastels to create the background
of the sketch that we had completed. We
used red, orange and yellow.
We looked at all his different paintings. We
used sketching techniques to sketch his most
famous painting with the stretchy elephant.
We were really proud of the art work we had
created and spent time sharing our work with
3E. We can’t wait to see our work on display!
During art week 4B spent a lot of time researching Salvador Dali. They
used the internet to search for facts to create a fact file. We took time to
look at different painting, sketches, films and sculptures that Salvador
Dali has done in his life time, we were really impressed at how different
they all were. We decided to recreate the famous elephant picture using
sketching and oil pastels. We also practised our sketching skills by
drawing Salvador Dali and enjoyed recreating his fantastic and unusual
moustache. We had a fantastic Art week!
Art by 2M
Inspired By Piet Mondrian
We used inspiration from Mondrian
to create our stained glass
Our final corridor displays showing
our finished paintings.
We created 4 designs and chose 1
to paint in a larger scale.
Our final corridor displays showing
our finished stained glass windows.
We have been studying the Dutch Artist Piet Mondrian.
We enjoyed looking at his work as he used primary colours which made
his work bright and eye-catching.
We took inspiration from Mondrian’s style of using straight lines and
used strips of black paper to create stained glass windows. We then
chose tissue paper to fill in the gaps we had created with the strips of
paper. We also created 4 drawings of our own and chose our favourite to
paint on a larger scale.
Pointillism by 5M
Inspired By Georges Seurat
Children evaluated art work by
Children work on proportion when
The Pointillism Technique
The week begun with children looking at the work of Georges Seurat –
children evaluated it against the work of other famous artists.
As the week progressed children looked at drawing people and children
had to focus on getting the proportions of the body parts correct.
Following this, children looked at the art of colour mixing before learning
the pointillism technique.
The final outcome of the project was a copy of one of Georges Seurat’s
most famous Paintings seen above.
Drawing and painting nature and landscapes by 5C
Inspired by Jean Walker
After identifying that our artist took
her inspiration from natural beauty,
we set off into the garden to sketch.
We developed our sketching skills by
drawing a flower in class. We then looked
at using pencil crayons to get different
We then looked at colour mixing
and how to create different shades
using white and darker colours.
We then looked at building up our
picture by painting our background
on first and then our main focus.
Children evaluated pictures painted by Jean Walker and wrote their own comments as to why
they liked the pictures. We identified the main focus for her pictures and learnt about her
process in painting. As we knew that she was inspired by natural beauty, we went outside with
our clipboards and sketched our favourite flower or tree. To build upon these skills, we had
flowers in the class to draw (some of us challenged ourselves by drawing an orchid). We used
pencil crayons to create different tones and learnt how to apply pressure to create effects.
We then chose our favourite painting and decided to look at how to create different colours.
We sketched our drawing, painted the background and then learnt that you can paint over the
top of dry paint to create a layered effect.
Violins and Grapes -Inspired By Pablo Picasso
Creating our background, using
Our finished pieces!
Our art work in 3S has been influenced by Pablo Picasso. We used Violins
and Grapes as our inspiration. We explored a range of drawing
techniques first. We used feathering, pointillism, linear, cross hatching,
scumbling and side stroke.
To create their final piece, children used watercolours to create a
repeated pattern for the background. Then they created a violin and
identified the main features of the violin featured in Picasso’s piece.