Age 5-7
Elements of Line / Warm & Cool colours

Elements of Line / Warm & Cool colours

First off, I LOVED this project. We did it over 2 weeks, using large A2 piece of construction paper (I’d love to go bigger still, but space doesn’t permit..). The first week, I laid out pots of black paint and a selection of paintbrushes each. Everyone worked together to come up with as many different...
Paste Paper Weavings

Paste Paper Weavings

So finally, what we did with all those paste papers PART 1 (and we still have left-overs for further projects!). We created a very simple paper loom by folding a piece of A4 paste paper in half. Then we cut strips at approx 1 inch intervals. I advised the younger kids to make fatter strips...
Paste Paper books

Paste Paper books

We made tiny wee books by folding and cutting a plain sheet of A4 paper. Covers were made using 1/2 a piece of one of our decorated A4 paste papers (original post here). Do not under-estimate how long the paper-folding will take!! – and a few practise goes were definitely in order first! Paper weaving...
Paul Klee cats

Paul Klee cats

Another art lesson that was inspired by the art – ed – blogosphere – unfortunately I can’t find the original link. Paul Klee’s “Cat and Bird” from 1928 was the inspiration for this project. We discussed the ‘feeling’ of the painting and each child had to decide what their cat was dreaming about and include...
Japanese Koi

Japanese Koi

I have been wanting the kids to make some koi paintings for a while now. Koi are just so beautiful – I wanted the kids to have the challenge of drawing, but not something too complex and to have the freedom to paint / colour the picture however they wished. The older children worked on...
Why is Blue Dog Blue?

Why is Blue Dog Blue?

I  loved this project! We did it towards the end of last year and I have been meaning to post it for a while – I had never heard of Louisiana artist George Rodrigue or his “Blue Dog” series until they started cropping up on Pinterest. I loved the simplicity and vibrancy of colour in...
Matisse - Goldfish bowls

Matisse – Goldfish bowls

We decided to continue with the Matisse theme, so have spent the last couple of weeks creating these wonderful goldfish bowl collages based on his painting “The Goldfish” 1922. This is my take on a project I have seen on pinterest and various art ed blogs. It has taken us 2 x 50 min sessions...
Paul Klee 'Senecio' (1922)

Paul Klee ‘Senecio’ (1922)

I found this Paul Klee inspired lesson from Anne Farrell’s blog Use Your Coloured Pencils.  It was a huge success. The kids painted their paper (using rollers) at the end of the previous lesson so they could dry out properly, and started the project  the following week. The rollered orange backgrounds were a great idea...
Matisse - cut outs

Matisse – cut outs

For our first session of the new year, we looked at the work of Henri Matisse (1869-1954) – specifically his later ‘cut-out’ work. We discussed how as Matisse got older, he was no longer able to paint and began to ‘paint with scissors’.
Family Farming competition

Family Farming competition

This year the children from both my groups have entered the annual UK Childrens Fine Art Competition The theme this year is “Family Farming”. After a shaky start and huge discussion as to what “family farming” actually is, everyone entered into the spirit of the theme. We looked at loads of examples and from these...
Highland Coos

Highland Coos

Kids did a guided drawing of a highland cow. They then outlined their drawings in black oil pastel before moving on to the beautiful (and messy!) chalk pastels to colour in their cows. They were given free rein with colour / style.
Klimt's Tree of Life

Klimt’s Tree of Life

I came across this Gustav Klimt inspired lesson on Deep Space Sparkle.  We did this project over the last 2 weeks of term before the Christmas break.