Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
Implementation: The Art and Design curriculum is purposeful and relevant to the pupils. The knowledge and skills pupils acquire, build on their previous learning, allowing them to transfer key skills, knowledge and concepts to their long-term memories.
Impact: We are proud of the achievements of our pupils in Art and Design. Our pupils fluently apply their skills and knowledge within Art and Design and make connections to their existing knowledge and to other curriculum areas.
At Stanford School, pupils are encouraged to develop their understanding and enjoyment of a variety of media and processes so that they can record, communicate and express their ideas, thoughts and feelings in many different ways. The pupils gain a developing awareness of the wide range of work by artists and designers from different times and cultures including those from their own locality. The pupils are encouraged to respond and evaluate their own and other’s work.
We have visiting artists to the school to enhance the pupil’s knowledge and learning and to provide further inspiration.
Our Intent: For Art and Design at Stanford School we offer the children:
From the Early Years to Year 6 children develop a wide range of art skills and use these to create fantastic work to display.
Calling all our artists out there!
Mrs Brady wants you to create a picture that will be displayed in our virtual Art Gallery on the school website. Click on the button below for full details. Arts Challenge
In Year 6, we were inspired by Andy Goldsworthy to create, and photograph, some Nature Art. We used the Nature Area and school field to collect materials of different shape, size, texture and colour to create our 3D art pieces.
We created flowing patterns in concentric circles and explored different filters with camera. We will continue learning about different effects and filters using the cameras - keep checking our class blog for updates!
We looked carefully at a range of artefacts from Roman times including coins. We decided to design and create our own coin in Art and design. We experimented with using different tools to shape the clay and carve in our designs. We included our year of birth which we wrote in Roman numerals. We used a range of metallic paints to complete our coins.
On Friday, Pumpkin Class created collages with felt to show our knowledge of parts of a plant. In Science we have learnt about the different parts of a plant and their purpose. We used our art skills of collage to cut felt and create our masterpieces. What do you think?
In music we have listened to a piece of music by The Beatles called ‘Blackbird’. When we investigated further we discovered that Paul McCartney created this piece of music after he learnt about the struggles of civil rights for black people in America. We researched further into how people of colour were treat in history including slavery in America. We looked at the piece of music again to further understand the music then we created a piece of art to accompany this track.
Here is the link if you would like to listen to this poignant piece of music while you enjoy our art - Blackbird
In history we learned about how people would need to repair and re-use their clothing during World War 2. During this time, one quarter of the population were in services that required uniform, so clothes manufacturing had to prioritise this. Ordinary people at home would therefore need to "make do and mend". Manufacturing toys was not a priority because the factories were re-purposed for the war effort, meaning that some families would take to making their own toys. Inspired by this piece of history, in Year 5 we have been making our own toy bunnies out of our old socks!
The Year 1 children are enjoying learning all about The Great Fire of London. In Art, they made fire and flame effects by experimenting with ripped and layered tissue paper.
A- My fire looks really hot. K- I am bending the tissue paper to make it look like the flames are moving. E- I scrunched up small bits, to look like sparks from the fire. E- If you put a different colour over the top, you get a new colour. H- I have enjoyed tearing the paper and making different shapes.
Over the past three weeks Pumpkin Class have been creating tree collages using pumpkin seeds. We have already looked at why trees were important to humans, animals and the environment so we decided some art work would go nicely with this work. It took several weeks to design, create and paint the pieces. Here are some of our finished pieces:
The Maya come from Central America. One of the countries situated in this area is Mexico. We thought we would bring some colour into the classroom by making our own Mexican mirrors. Central America is known for its bright colours and the intricate decorations.
The children enjoyed making them and they look really effective.
On our hook day we learnt a little bit about the Mayan culture. We found out that there are lots of similarities with the Egyptians as the Mayan temples were pyramid shaped and they also put the bodies of important people in sarcophagus and put death masks on the bodies so they could be recognised in the afterlife. We then looked at different types of masks and tried to create our own. The children had to design their mask and the use tiny bits of paper to create a mosaic effect. It was very fiddly and took a lot of sticking to complete each mask but the children persevered and made some fantastic masks.
As a part of Science Week the children had to design their own ‘Robobug’ which could be built to use in space exploration. Today the children were able to finish off their creations and give them some colour. Here is a selection of them. I could just imagine them in space. They look amazing!
Wow! Well done to one of our very talented pupils in Y6 - a remarkable canvas art shared with the class! A wonderful masterpiece!
In Art we have looked at different types of jewellery. Today we looked at bracelets and had a go at making our own by weaving wool. The children really had to concentrate to make sure they were following the pattern and to ensure that the wool didn’t get knotted. It was also very therapeutic and the children enjoyed making them.
In Art we have been learning about jewellery. Today we learnt about Tiffany & Co. We looked at the pendants & charms that they have on necklaces & bracelets. The children were tasked to design a pendant/charm and then make a large scale model using salt dough. They loved moulding and sculpting the dough to bring their creations to life. We can’t wait to paint them !!
As part of their History work on Florence Nightingale, the children in Pumpkin Class watched a video showing them how to draw her. Here are their fantastic drawings!
Take a look at this wonderful virtual art exhibition: 'A View from my Window.'
Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1527-1593 became famous for his unusual portrait paintings. He liked to create weird and wonderful faces with flowers, vegetables and books. Here the Year 1 children have explored his famous fruit faces and created some of their own.
We have been learning about different gems and where they come from, then we had a go at making them by drawing on stones and sticking them with glue. The children loved it and had lots of fun. Don’t they look lovely?
In Art we are studying the artist Frida Kahlo. Barley Class pupils drew some fantastic self portraits in their task set this week. Mrs Smith enjoyed seeing our talented artists who sent in their remote learning task.
We have been very creative with our Christmas cards this year. The children created a snow scene where a snowman is watching TV….but… there is a hidden surprise on the TV. When you scan it with your camera on your phone you can see what the snowman is watching! How clever!!!
We linked several aspects of our learning to create a moving picture. In Art we have been learning about how the Victorian’s believed in hand-made crafts rather than mass produced items. We have also researched the toys & games that Victorian children liked to play with and we decided to make a ‘toy’ with moving parts. We found some templates online and we used them to make templates. We cut out the shapes in card and used split pins to put the parts together. We then mounted them so they looked like toys in a nursery. As they looked so great we chose to use them as our calendars for next year. Don’t they look fabulous?
Pumpkin class have been drawing the kings and camels who visited Jesus. This is for a church competition and here are some of our entries. We all have our fingers crossed that we might win!
Juniper Class really enjoyed creating cartouches. They followed their plans carefully. The next step will be painting them. The finished product will be sold as part of our enterprise project.
Barley Class used a range of art techinique and skills to add the final touches to their Ancient Greek comedy and tragedy masks. The styles and colours used linked closely to the styles of the Nacient Greeks- Well done Barkey task for your artistic flare!
Barley class continued with their tragedy mask project- this week we started to build the 3D effect of the mask using newspaper. We concentrated on the key features within our masks to ensure these elements stand out when we use the mod roc next week.
Year 5 created some fabulous art, using collage as a background and adding details of animal faces on top. These are now proudly displayed around the school.
Barley class completed the next step in creating their own comedy and tragedy masks- They took their initial design and cut this out using cardboard. Kepp a look out as our next step will be using Modroc to make our masks 3D
In Green Bubble we drew pictures to celebrate someone’s birthday!
In our first week as Turquoise Bubble we looked at the creatures in the Ocean. First we turned ourselves into deep sea divers then we made junk jelly fish and an ocean diorama. The children had lots of fun being creative.
We explored some flower paintings by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe to look as how she made them look 3D.
We then tried really hard to add tints and shades to our flower paintings.
Children have coloured their rainbow and used various collage materials including orange lentils, purple sand and blue shiny paper.
A Pictish stone is a type of monument that the Picts used to carve symbols. They decorated them with designs or wrote on them using the ogham alphabet. During Poppy classes’ Art lesson, we looked at the Pictish stones. We designed one using the ogham alphabet and then made them using clay. The children had lots of fun making them.
We have been exploring botanical studies in art. We took samples of plants from our playground and had ago at improving our observational skills to create our own botanical illustrations.
Linked to our toy town work Seedlings class have been combining and joining materials together to make a pop-up puppet. They painted a face, added hair and cut and shaped materials to create a pop-up hat!
The Sunflower's have been finding out about Arcimboldo and have been fascinated with his fruit and vegetable faces.
Arcimboldo is well known today for painting portraits of people made out of different types of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. He would pick food that had a connection to whatever he was painting. For example, when creating a picture of autumn, he used fruit and vegetables that grew in autumn.
The Sunflowers have created fruit and vegetable faces of their own using oil pastels and also on the computer.
In Art we are learning about jewellery design & designers. Today we learnt about Tiffany & co who are famous for their elaborate pieces of jewellery.
A lot of their jewellery have pendants or charms on them so we tried making them for ourselves out of clay.
When they are dry we will paint them and make them beautiful.
As a part of our Hook Event, the class were given an introduction to the Anglo-Saxons. They discovered where they came from and where they fit on the timeline of events in British history. We know a lot about the Anglo-Saxons through the discovery of a burial ship at Sutton Hoo. The Anglo-Saxons were experts at metal work and created some fine pieces of jewellery.
The children then learnt about Jewellery, its uses throughout history, and about the different types of gemstones and their names. We discovered that Anglo-Saxon broaches were often circular, symmetrical, and intricate. They were decorated with gemstones and enamel. The designs were usually made by embossing the metal.
The children were asked to design a broach similar to the ones we have researched. We made the designs by using thick cardboard and string to raise parts of the pattern. The children then covered their brooch with tin foil and gently pressed it down so the pattern emerged through the foil. The brooches were then painted and ‘gems’ were added.
Watch out for pictures of the finished products on this blog!
This term, one of our Art objectives is to learn about 'Great artists in history'. We have been studying the self portraits of Frida Kahlo - a surrealist artist in the 1920s - 1950s.
Kahlo mainly painted portraits of herself and was inspired by nature, animals and Mexican artifacts. We have enjoyed learning about a new artist and also discussing how we all interpret her artwork differently.
This particular piece, 'Wounded Deer', generated some very mature and thought provoking ideas;
'It shows that humans and nature should be at peace with each other. The arrows represent the criticism that Kahlo received for going against gender stereotypes - they hurt her, but she still stood strong, like a majestic deer.'
'I think this piece shows that animals and humans are equal but people should not be hunting and hurting animals,'