Term 2 Week 1

This term we are focusing on painting techniques. We’ll be experimenting with different varieties of paint and building on our knowledge of line, tone, texture and colour. We’ll investigate the work of different artists, and producing a masterpiece on canvas ready for our winter exhibition!

Amber & Turquoise Class

This week our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists spent time investigating mark making using ready mixed paint in two primary colours, yellow and red. We experimented with creating marks using a variety of tools, including brushes, sticks, clay tools, sponges, glue spreaders and plastic lids. We responded to prompt words such as ‘fluffy’, ‘spiky’, ‘rough’, ‘swirly’, ‘bouncy’ and ‘smooth’, and thought about how we might paint if we were feeling excited, or angry, or sad. 

As we worked, our two primary colours mixed together to give us a secondary colour, and as it was Halloween, we made different marks using black paint to turn our orange textures into spooky pumpkins!

Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists warmed up with a similar activity to Amber and Turquoise class. We used a variety of tools to respond to different prompt words, choosing appropriate tools for the kind of mark we wanted to create.

We then discussed some ink drawings by Vincent Van Gogh (see photos). We looked carefully at the different kinds of marks he used in the drawings, and made a record of them in our sketchbooks using first pencils, and then paint. We collected lots of different Van Gogh style marks, which we will be referring to next week! 

Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists also did the mark making warm up! We were responding to some more ambiguous prompts, such as ‘inside’, ‘under’, ‘corners’, ‘turn’ and ‘glide’. It was really interesting to see how each student interpreted the prompts in different ways. 

We then discussed some portraits by Australian artist Mike Parr (see photos). We talked about the different kinds of marks he’d created, and how he used them to convey expression and emotion. We then painted our own portraits inspired by Parr’s work- some based on his more recognisable portraits and some based on his more abstract work.

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