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Seascale Primary School

Aim High


Still Life

For the start of this art unit Mrs Crowther asked us to bring in an item that was important to us. We worked as a team to arrange them using different overlapping techniques to create a visual we could draw. 

Our first session focused on sketching the details of our arrangements using sketching pencils. We had a focus on shading during our first lesson. 

Our second lesson on still life, we focused on shading and blending to make it bold. We used a charcoal stick and used our fingers to smudge the charcoal to make a better effect on our sketching.  

Next, we looked at negative medium and we drew with a pencil and used our rubbers to show light and shade 

Our final piece of art was still life in colour we used acrylic paints to bring colour to our still life with a range of tints and hues.  

Using all of our pictures we created a lid and turned our still life pictures in to a memory box.  

Make your voice heard

We loved the first lesson of our new topic. We looked at different graffiti artists and some examples of graffiti and then created our own graffiti tag!

For our second session we looked at the work of Käthe Kollwitz and how she depicted emotions. We used mirrors to use our facial expressions to draw them accurately in her style. Can you guess what emotions we’ve drawn below. 

We discussed the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square and how they change. Using our emotions drawings from our Käthe Kollwitz as our stimulus we spent the afternoon using clay to create them with the vision of it being on the fourth plinth itself.

Using Pablo Picasso's Guernica as a stimulus was a great opportunity to learn symbolism. We used his work as inspiration to create our own symbolism paintings around WWII.

Using Pablo Picasso's Guernica as a stimulus was a great opportunity to develop our understanding of symbolism. We discussed how he used different symbols to represent things. We used the same idea to create WWII inspired pictures.

Joan Miro

What a fantastic term we’ve had learning about Joan Miro. We began experimenting with colour to create images in his style. We made simple collages inspired by some of the elements in Miro’s paintings. Working intuitively, we tore paper and experimented with colour, shape and composition. The elements were glued down.

Joan Miro used automatic drawing in his work. and so I explained to the children that we were going to make an automatic drawing over our collages, to add another layer of meaning to the work.

We had absolute silence in the room other than me talking.They listened carefully to the sound of my voice, what I was saying and made instinctive marks. The surrealist-like monologue I read made for some impressive work.

From here we did what Miro would have done and created sculptures from our artwork. Using cardboard and wires we made our art come to life.


We learnt how using wire alone they could make constructions with cardboard. Children understood that the card could be an equivalent for the coloured paper shapes, and the wire an equivalent for drawn line.

Exploring Set Design

To begin our art topic this term we spent the afternoon paying with the charcoal. We learnt how we can manipulate the charcoal itself and smudge using fingers, rubbers and brushes to create the effect we wanted. We were very impressed with the results.


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Still image for this video

We’ve spent more time this term developing our use of charcoal. We created a scene using toys and turned all the lights off. Once it was dark we shone a torch on the scene we had created and used our charcoal to create the shadows we could see.