Week beginning 11th May 2020 - Batteries and their usesWatch this video clip that explores batteries and their uses. Talk with your child about dangerous and less dangerous sources of electricity. Emphasise that batteries are a safe source of electricity. Then with your child, identify all the different items in your house that use batteries in all shapes and sizes. You could then go on a hunt around the house identifying where batteries are used.
Create a picture with chalkAn introduction to applying chalk and colour blending techniques to create a picture. A desert island scene is gradually built up by applying different coloured chalks to paper. Objects are added to the scene in layers to build up foreground, middle-distance and background to achieve a simple sense of perspective. Details are added and some advice on colour choices is given to add depth to the picture. The finished result is achieved by combining all these techniques and methods.
Banksy-style stencillingCreate a Banksy-style stencilled image with just a paper plate, scissors, paint and a brush. A chosen image of a skateboarder is drawn on a paper plate and cut out to leave an empty silhouette. The plate is then placed in position on a chosen background and paint is applied to the stencil either by spraying of stippling with a thick brush. The background can be pre-prepared on card or paper. Once the stencil is lifted from the background, the stippled image is revealed. Alternatively the stencil could be applied directly to a wall or board in the same way. The image can be repeated many times over and flipped to create a reverse image. There is a brief animated reference to British graffiti artist Banksy, as well as some of his works, to set this in context and add an element of art history.
Make an underwater cling film pictureMake an underwater picture with a watery appearance using cling film, stencils and paints. A watery background is first created by mixing PVA glue and paint. The wet squidgy mixture is then overlaid with cling film and squeezed to form a shiny rippled texture effect. Objects to go into the scene such as fish, plants and coral are drawn onto card and cut out to create stencils. They are put in position on the background and stencilled on using thick paint and a brush. Once removed, the stencilled images combine to create an underwater scene on a realistic looking underwater background.
Drawing with perspectiveShows how to separate a very basic drawn picture into foreground and background using a horizon line. Images nearest the foreground appear largest whilst those nearer the horizon appear smallest. This simple but effective technique creates a feeling of depth within a picture. This allows children to easily progress from creating flat 2D images to more in-depth pictures as it introduces non-technical perspective to their work.
Pointillist painting with a cotton budA model robot is used as the subject for this Pointillist painting. Using cotton buds and a basic paint palette, the picture is gradually built up using a series of coloured dots to create a single image. There is animated reference to the Pointillism movement and to Pointillist painter Georges Seurat as well as some of his works to set this in context and add an element of art history. The robot picture is shown as it is constructed stage by stage from a single dot to completion. Children are encouraged to use and experiment with this technique on their own creations.
Van GoghA dramatized autobiography of the artist Vincent van Gogh talking about his work. He talks about how he drew and painted farmers and people who worked on the land in Holland, using dark colours to represent the gloominess of their labour. After moving to France he began to paint using brighter colours, drawing the landscapes and using nature as an inspiration for his work. Painting at particular times of day meant he was reliant on the light available and so he started to paint using quick strokes, using thick paint so that people could feel his paintings. He encourages the children watching to paint their impressions of things around them.
3D painting on an egg boxA Cubist 3D painting of a chicken is made using just an egg tray, paint and brush. An outline image is painted onto the tray using bold colours before adding detail. The finished piece can be viewed from different angles to achieve different effects on the viewer. This simple technique can be adapted to suit any subject, topic or image. There is animated reference to the Cubist movement and to Cubist artist Pablo Picasso, as well as some of his works, to set this in context and add an element of art history.
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