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Art Tasks

Task 1

Y5 Pupils:

Have a go at Aboriginal art from Australia. See what you can find out about Aboriginal art, it was traditionally made by using clay, mud and chalk in the Australian outback. Patterns and pictures can be made by using dots of paint.  Try using water based ready mixed paint which you can buy from Tesco/Amazon/B and M/Poundstretcher/Asda. Try making patterns and pictures by using a series of dots. Use a pencil or paintbrush dipped into the paint, straight onto paper. Best colours to use are: Red/White/Black/Orange.
You can make spectacular pictures and patterns just by using the dot effect.  This is a traditional method of painting, it’s been used for thousands of years. Try doing a picture of a Kangaroo/ Snake /Spider/ Uluru. There are lots of pictures on the internet of Aboriginal art for ideas.
This is experimentation art, so you can,t  go wrong, just give it a go.

Y6 Pupils:

Have a go at Papier Mache. It’s such a fun type of 3D art, you will need a balloon and strips of newspaper, some PVA glue available from Poundland/ Tesco/Asda/ Poundstretcher and some bright ready mixed paint.
Cover the blown up balloon in thumb nail sized pieces of torn up newspaper which is coated in PVA glue. You may want to make a very slightly watered down solution of the PVA glue, coat the whole balloon in PVA newspaper and hang the balloon up to dry using a peg.  You may want to repeat the process once the balloon and newspaper are dry. The more layers you use to cover the balloon, the stronger your papier mache will be.  Once dry, carefully pop the balloon inside the papier mache.
You can now paint your 3D papier mache carefully, using your ready mixed paint.
Experiment with papier mache, you can try covering  a small cardboard cereal box or biscuit  box or even egg box with papier mache, they all work really well.
Remember, leave your creations to totally dry out before you paint them.
Send me a picture of your 3D art work. Papier mache is loads of fun to experiment with, you can use recycled resources, PVA glue is an inexpensive resource, usually, 500ml costs 99p.

Y7 Pupils:

IconicFood packaging
Have a look at iconic food packaging which you may have at home: Coca Cola/Dairy milk/Marmite/Colman’s mustard/ Kit Kat/Heinz baked beans/ Oxo cubes/ Hellmann’s mayonnaise/ Galaxy chocolate/ Heinz Tomato Ketchup, these are just to name a few.
Have a go at drawing the labels actual size oreven larger.  Go for detail, take your time. Some of these famous packaging labels work really well in an art form. When you add colour to your art, you can use: water colours/ inks / pencil crayons / water colour pencils. Use whatever art materials you have.
Try different observational drawings of famous, iconic food packaging.
Send me a picture of your art work. Just give it a go and experiment.

Y8 Pupils:

This term , you should be studying the art work of Vincent Van Gogh.  See what you can find out about this artist, he had a short and troubled life, but after his death he became an internationally renowned artist.  Try and research some of his life.

The art work to look at by Van Gogh is: Starry night/ Vincent’s room/ Sunflowers/ Irises/ as well as his self portraits. Vincent loved to experiment with thick, bright colours. Y8, use whatever colours or resources you have to hand.
Starry night is a great skyline to emulate, so have a go, Use thickoil/ acrylic paints or even water colour mixed with a small amount of PVA. Paint on paper or cardboard. Try using the following colours: (white/ blue / yellow) for the night sky. You can have a go at swirling thick paints using a cocktail stick.
Leave your painting to dry in a warm place, overnight preferably.  Remember, use the colour yellow, this was Vincent’s favourite colour and he used it in the vast majority of his paintings.
If you can, send me a picture of your work. It’s great to experiment and Van Gogh is a great inspiration. You will need to know about a prominent artist ready for your art work in Y9, so get researching, there’s lots to find out about Van Gogh.


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