Trip to Paddington Gardens

A group of children who are part of Children’s University went on a local visit to Paddington Gardens to visit JRL, the company responsible for building London’s largest residential scheme. We learnt about the construction industry, how to keep safe on a construction site and learnt all about the residential project. We had fun drawing our favourite building and putting the drawings in a time capsule that will be buried under the park of the new complex being built. We also worked together to recreate the Shard, the impressive 95-storey skyscraper in Southwark.

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Cave Art

In art we have been looking at cave paintings as part of our topic on the Stone Age. Cave paintings were made using charcoal and clay. We learnt that cave paintings have survived to this day because the charcoal and clay was mixed with animal fats, vegetable juice and cave water so that the materials stuck to the cave walls!
We learnt all about charcoal as a drawing medium and learnt some different shading techniques such as blending, hatching, cross hatching, stippling and scumbling. We then incorporated all of the drawing techniques to draw a still life. We drew objects relating to the Stone Age; wood, rocks, faux animal fabric, fake animal bones, nuts and sea shells. We had the choice of either focusing on one object to draw, a section of the still life or the whole composition. We used both willow and compressed charcoal. We had to think about tone, texture and form.

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Year 1 Art Jigsaw

In Year 1, we looked at the Hallfield value, Collaborative.  Collaboration is the action of working with someone to produce something. Collaboration enables us to share resources, achieve shared goals, share new ideas and new perspectives. We drew and painted images of teamwork on a jigsaw piece to show collaboration.

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The Sky’s the Limit with Year 2 Art

In Year 2 we looked at the Hallfield value, Aspirational. Being aspirational is having a strong desire, longing, or aim to achieve something or things. We all have aspirations no matter how big or small they are. We represented this value by drawing and painting birds that soar and aim high to the sky.

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Year 6’s Trustworthy Hands

We have already had a glimpse of Year 6’s fabulous Trustworthy artwork, but it was so good that we deserve to see the full picture.

In Year 6 we looked at the Hallfield value, Trustworthy. Trustworthy combines the common word trust, which describes something you can rely on, and the word worthy, which describes something that deserves respect. We represented trustworthy by drawing hands using charcoal and pastels. Hands are used in gestures of greeting and friendship. The term ‘lend a hand’ symbolises generosity and stability.

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Year 4’s Collages of Reflection

In Year 4, we looked at the Hallfield value, Reflective. Being reflective is in its simplest form, thinking about or reflecting on what you do. It is closely linked to the concept of learning from experience, in that you think about what you did, and what happened, and decide from that what you would do differently next time. We created a collage of an eye to represent being reflective. We ripped small pieces of paper from a magazine and used glue to stick them onto the paper. We overlapped each piece so that there were no gaps showing.

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Wonderful Portraits in Reception

In Reception we looked at the Hallfield value, Respectful. Respect is a way of treating or thinking about something or someone in a positive way. You can have respect for others, and you can have respect for yourself.  We drew our faces from observation to represent respect; we all look different but should treat each other equally. We had to think about the size and shape of our faces, our facial features and their size and relation to each other.  We used paint and pastels.

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Confidence Art in Year 5

In Year 5 we looked at the Hallfield value, Confident. The noun confidence means “a feeling of trust and firm belief in yourself or others.” To be self-confident is to be secure in yourself and your abilities. We  looked at the quote,  ‘Have the confidence to bloom like a flower.’ We then used pencils and charcoal to draw flowers from observation. We had to think about line, shade and colour.

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Year 3’s Books of Independence

In Art we have been looking at the Hallfield values and doing artwork around each one. In Year 3, we looked at the value ‘Independent.’ Independent learning is all about being in control of your own learning; being self-motivated, self-organised, seeking support, finding out, trying to improve.

We created books to represent being independent. We used paint and pastels. We backed our books on newspaper.

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We also looked at the value, Creative. Being creative means solving a problem in a new way. It means changing your perspective. Being creative means taking risks and ignoring doubt and facing fears. Creativity is the expression of your imagination We looked at the artist Jackson Pollock, the American abstract expressionist painter, who represents creativity in his artwork. We used Pollock’s technique of dripping and flicking paint to create an ‘action painting.’

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Beautiful Trustworthy Art in Year 6

In art, we have been learning about the Hallfield values of being resilient and trustworthy. We have been drawing hands to represent being trustworthy. Trustworthy means ‘to be able to count on some who you trust or you think is honest’.  Here are some examples of being trustworthy: relying on someone to keep your things safe, lending your keys to your neighbours, telling your secrets to your friends and many more. During our trustworthy sessions, in art, we have been drawing and sketching hands which looked like this:

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Blog text by Mahiya and Mehrsa.