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Most beautiful art

“There are only patterns… patterns on top of patterns. Patterns that affect other patterns, patterns hidden by patterns, patterns within patterns.”

In the Autumn Term, we did our whole school art project around the theme of ‘Patterns’, using the art skills of drawing and printing.


Reception class have been inspired by the famous pop-art artist Andy Warhol and his ‘Handprint Art Project’. With a twist of a hand, they have created these incredible owls! They had fun dipping their hands in and out of the paint, pressing their hands firmly onto the paper to make their little handprints. Finally they dipped the leaf shaped sponges into the paint to print the detail of the leaves onto their branches.

Year 1

Year 1 have been working really hard creating paintings of autumn leaves. They used a printing technique inspired by the work of artist Andy Goldsworthy. Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist, who is an environmentalist and often uses natural materials to create art. The children, also inspired by nature, decided to create these wonderful pictures to show the beauty of the changing autumn leaves.

Year 2

Year 2 have been inspired by British artist Yvonne Coomber. Yvonne is best known for her depictions of the English countryside.  Many of her paintings are inspired by the Devon landscape, with particular focusses on the natural world and colour. The children used water colours for the sky and background and then used their fingerprint to create flowers of different colours.

Year 3

In Year 3, the children based their artwork on the artist William Morris.
William Morris was was known for stained glass windows, patterned wallpaper and tapestries. William Morris created designs of floral patterns (patterns inspired by flowers and plants) which were repeated many times by block printing. The children used this artist as a stimulus for their own work, using polystyrene sheets for painting.

Year 4

Year 4 started by exploring shapes of buildings. Children worked on their own pastel reproduction of Monet’s paintings of the Houses of Parliament. Next, they practiced sketching a range of buildings, commonly found in cities, under timed conditions. The children also looked at the work of L S Lowry, especially images of his industrial landscapes, painted in the area of Lancashire in which he grew up. They practised layering their landscape with terraced houses and factories and then combined all these sketches to create their own imagined cityscape. Here are the mono-prints they have created.

Year 5

In Year Five, the children based their artwork on the artist Andy Warhol, who is one of the most famous artist, ever. From his soup to his hair, he is an art legend. He is famous for exploring popular culture in his work.  Popular culture is anything from Coca Cola to pop stars to the clothes people like to wear. Warhol liked to use bright colours and silk-screening techniques and liked to use screen printing to mass-produce artworks. The children took their inspiration from the bright colours and idea of mass producing a picture from one print, was appealing.

Year 6

In Year 6 the focus for their printing project was block printing. They studied the work of Banksy, an anonymous graffiti artist, who intentionally creates art that has strong political and social statements. In many of Banksy’s pieces, they noticed that he used dark or muted colours with small hits of bolder colours for contrast. The children then created their own symbols or images to represent social issues and values that are important to them. They used Banksy’s technique with contrasting colours for their block printing designs.

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