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As part of the celebration of Roald Dahl we joined in with Quentin Blake's draw along session.


All the children enjoyed this and drew their very own Roald Dahl characters. The results were amazing and they were justifiably proud! 

The children were reflective when they were adding colour, talking about how they felt about aspects of their work.  

Child 1 - "I tried to draw the bow tie but it looked like this..."

Child 2 - "Yeah, mine looks like this - it's two triangles!"

As part of our work on Pirates we have been developing our art skills. We thought about different pencil techniques we could use to create a drawing of a shell. We then used chalk pastels to create an observational colour picture of a shell. First we thought about the texture and shape of the object we were recreating. We experimented with the chalks to see how we could create different effects. Then we practiced using the chalk in different ways. We found we could make sharp, heavy lines or soft, light lines by using different edges and changing the pressure we applied.
After experimenting with lines we started thinking about blending to create new colours and softer lines. We found this also added texture.
Finally, we thought about what we had learnt about using chalk pastels and looked carefully at the shell we wanted to recreate. We carefully used the edge of the pastels to draw the outline and then used a combination of edges and blending to complete our pictures.
We learnt how to use water colours carefully - how to add just the right amount of water, how to use a brush effectively etc. We also learnt how to make sure our pencil and pen strokes can be used to create texture. We then added in our chalk pastel skills. We created a collage of poppies which used several techniques and media. Doesn’t our wreath look effective?

Big Draw 2018

We took part in Big Draw again this year. The theme for this year was 'play'. We had already been thinking about Armistice Day so we looked at different monuments - the cenotaph, Mount Rushmore, Stonehenge - and talked about why we have them, what they are for and what they are usually made of. We then looked at other monuments and sculptures such as the Terracotta Army and The Easter Island statues. This led us to think about faces and how they have been recreated. The children thought about masks - those we wear and those which are decorative or for display. We noticed that those we wear would be made from something lightweight. Lots of traditional masks are made from wood as this would have been widely available and can be sculpted easily. We decided to make decorative masks from salt dough. First we thought about different designs we could have, we had lots of ideas!

After we had a few ideas we thought carefully about the material we would be using for our sculptures and how we could make each mask. We had to consider how to make the right shapes and imprints. We then thought about which design would make the most effective mask. After evaluating each idea we created a more detailed design, adding labels.
We were now ready to make our sculptures. We used a variety of tools and resources to create our final designs.