Mrs Walsh - Art 2019 - 2020

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are keeping well and safe! We hope it won't be long until we can come together again in school. Please check out the art ideas on this page - I will keep adding new ideas, but I will leave the previous ones, in case you want to try them too. The best thing you can do to keep your art skills developing is to keep drawing. Drawing is the basis of most art forms, so keep drawing from observation and it is like flexing your artistic muscles!

Parents, I have added some more resource website links for you at the bottom of this page.

Have fun, and see you before too long!

Observational Drawing

Normally in the summer term, Year 4 would be looking at observational drawing of enlarged flowers in the style of Georgia O'Keefe. This is something that anyone can try, however! If we look really closely at something, we can get lost in that thing for a moment. This is called "being mindful", which is one way to look after our mental health. Have a look at the video I have made to help you and give it a go! 

Land Art

There are lots of land art challenge cards on our school Facebook page. Based on Andy Goldsworthy's art, you will see lots of fun things to do outside! Great fun for all ages. This links with the Charlie Waller Wellbeing Challenge we shared. You can "get active" outside doing this, you could "give" or "connect", by forming it into a message for someone, or you can "take notice", by really looking at the shapes you are creating.

Painting with stencils

Check out the video to see how to make a stencil that you can use for painting. You could create pictures, cards, banners - anything you choose with this method! smiley 


Jim Dine Heart

You may have heard of an idea called "Through my window", where people have been putting their encouraging pictures in their windows at home, so that passers-by can be encouraged in this difficult time. We need to remember we are in this together, so any bit of encouragement we can give others, the better! I am going to focus on ideas at this time that are one's you could brighten someone's day with, so the first one here is how to create a "Jim Dine heart". Jim Dine is a  Pop-Artist who loves the heart motif and as a Pop-Artist, he also loves bright colours - which seem like a perfect combination of things for you to put in your window. I have shown you how in my little youtube videos:

We may need to improvise with art materials as we may not have access to everything we would like right now - but there are many ways of achieving similar results. Have a play! If you would like to share your results with me, I would love to see them. You just need to email them to the school's admin email address.

Have fun creating! Why not try making art in the garden in this lovely weather?

Artist Research!

I have always wished we had time at school to do some deeper artist research for the projects we delve into in classes. Now is the perfect time for you to have a go at this! Why not investigate the artists that will be looked at in these suggested projects (In this instance: Jim Dine) and create your own fact file about them? Remember, you can make this part of your art by writing your research in a scrapbook-like fashion (as we do in our school sketchbooks). You can scrape paint over your page first / write artistic titles / use torn text / write over tape / you can create holes or windows in your page that look through onto the next page....the possibilities are endless. If you work hard at this, we can add your research into your sketchbooks at school when you come back, or you can keep them yourself. Here's an amazing website to help you with this: 

Performing Arts

Why not have a go at creating a sock puppet? Here is a website to help you! 

You could use your puppet to sing songs, to tell stories, to practice his times tables...the possibilities are endless! wink Remember, when you've made your puppet, you need to:

  • Open the puppet's mouth AS he says (or sings) a word, not after he says it.
  • Always close the puppet's mouth after he finishes his word, or it will look like he's still speaking (or dribbling!).
  • Hold your hand so that the puppet's face can be seen (angled down a bit) rather than just his chin or neck. (This will make your hand ache, but you'll get used to it!)
  • Exaggerate the movements.
  • If he's singing, when he's holding a note, try to add a bit of vibrato and make him shake as he sings.
  • Get your puppet to dance in between singing.
  • If more than one of you are performing together, listen for different parts of the song for each puppet. Maybe one puppet can sing backing vocals? They could dance together?
  • Finally, find somewhere to hide yourself when you're performing - only let the puppet be seen (that might mean you need to duck your head down sideways and stretch up your arm high) - like behind the sofa!

Have fun!

Printmaking with leaves

Have a look at the video: to see how to experiment with monoprinting and using positive and negative stencils! Why not write your own "Shadorma" poem to incorporate some text into your picture. We recently had a wonderful poetry day with Ash Dickinson, and he showed us how to write these poems that have a syllable pattern of:

3,5,3,3,7,5. So the first line has three syllables etc. You can paint pictures with words as well as paint, and text adds interest and texture to your picture. Why not give it a go and check out more poetry ideas on Ash Dickinson's Facebook page or website (

Don't forget to email me your pictures via the school website! yes


One of the best treasure troves of art ideas that should keep you and your family busy at home is This site is jam-packed with tutorials and inspiration of all kinds - you cannot run out of art ideas on there! yes

Here are some other great resources:

Keep safe and see you soon!

Mrs Walsh.

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Wistaston Academy

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