Category Archives: Art

Creating pencil cases!

Over the last week, Bluebirds have been very busy creating some beautiful pencil cases. Once they had planned their design they got to work, mastering their stitching techniques and decorating the cases with felt shapes and buttons. The pencil cases are complete with Velcro fasteners!

Stone Age Cave Paintings

Today, Bluebirds looked at photos of real paintings from Stone Age Caves in Spain, France and Bulgaria. The children wondered whether the people used berries, animal blood or charcoal from their fires. Most of the paintings were of animals and in some cases, people.

Mrs Parry demonstrated how to draw and shade the pictures using different Art pencils. The children were keen to get started on their own pictures.

Arts Week: Andy Goldsworthy

This week, Bluebirds have been studying the work of sculptor and artist, Andy Goldsworthy. They discovered he uses natural materials to create his art with materials such as leaves, stones, sticks, sand and even ice!

Bluebirds decided to create individual collages in the style of Andy Goldsworthy by using seeds, lentils and chick peas, fir cones and other natural items found around school. Using his leaf picture as inspiration, it was decided to embark on a whole class piece but this time, using all the colours of the rainbow. To create the leaves, children experimented with different types of techniques with paint. This included blowing paint with straws, using bubbles in paint, painting over wax and printing using sponges, cotton reels and fruit!

Afterwards, the whole class got to work to cut out leaf shapes from all their painted work. There was some fantastic effects created! Finally, these were arranged in a colourful collage in the style of our artist.

Egyptian canopic jars

After planning their design, Bluebirds were busy creating Egyptian canopic jars this afternoon. They decided upon which tools were best to decorate the jars. Some children attempted hieroglyphics whilst others preferred to create an Egyptian style pattern. Once dried, we will be painting them in colours used during Egyptian times.

Harry – I liked making the head part best.
Poppy – I am pleased with how the mouth and ears look on my jar.
Evie – This was quite tricky. You have to persevere!
Brooke Be – I chose to make a dog lid because it’s my favourite animal.
Huey – We had to think about how to split our dough up to make the jar, lid and head.

Stonehenge scene

After learning about Stonehenge, Bluebirds set to work creating their own watercolour sunsets, to act as a backdrop for the famous Stonehenge scene. They experimented mixing colours and using different size brushes to paint cave paintings too. Finally, the class recreated a Stone Age hand prints picture on to material which looked very effective! Well done Bluebirds – great.

Stone Age pencil drawings

Bluebirds have been busy finding out why the Stone Age people did so many cave paintings. It was their form of communication to replay messages and share stories as writing hadn’t been invented that long ago!

After looking at a range of examples to establish their style and typical colours, Bluebirds set to work making pencil drawings of Stone Age animals. Today, the children have been concentrating on blending pastels to recreate Stone Age type pictures. Please look at some of our wonderful pictures.