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Arts Week – Digital Mark Making

Access All Arts week is a nationwide, week-long celebration of the arts, specially designed for primary schools.

The theme for 2024 is ‘Connection’ to explore how they can connect to themselves, each other and the world around them, through the arts.

In our workshop we watched a video from Mr Doodle discovering how we can connect marks to a place. He discusses what he does as an artist – he doodles! He explains how easy it is to build an entire world just with your pen, the world around you, and your imagination.

We also looked at careers in digital mark making.

We then had ago at making landscapes on paper and digitally on computers.

The workshop was also a wonderful opportunity for us to share our wonderful artwork that we have completed over the year.

Clay Pots

Toucans learnt about the type of artwork made in the rainforest.  They focused on clay coil pots after practising designs with the clay tools.   There was lots of perseverance, concentration and creativity in the classroom today!

Collage Skills

In Art we explored different materials. We described how they felt. Were they smooth? Rough? Rigid, Soft? We then selected the right materials to use for our collage.

We also experimented in mixing paint to make green and then making it lighter or darker using white and black.

Observational Drawing

Today we worked to improve our skills in drawing. In Art, we have been learning all about Paul Cezanne and his still life artwork. 
We used thick and thin lines and added dots and shading for texture.

First we observed the fruits. We showed great curiousity.

We then listened to tips from Mrs Parton on how it’s important to draw what you can see. Not what your partner can see.

Look at us independently drawing.


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Finally, we enjoyed the fruit. It linked up perfectly with our science topic of nutrition and healthy eating!


Next week we will develop our skills in using paints and plan our final pieces. 

Florence Nightingale

This half term we have been studying Florence Nightingale.

We have been learning all about her early life and her career. Today, we have been looking at photos of Florence and comparing her to modern day nurses. We noticed that nurses have changed drastically over the years, and we think Florence Nightingale would love to work in a newer hospital.

We were able to draw portraits of Florence so that we could really look at how nurses would dress during the Crimean War.

Whilst we were drawing, we also asked each other retrieval questions to check our partner could remember facts about Florence Nightingale.

Still Life

In Art, we have been learning all about Paul Cezanne and his still life artwork. Over the past few weeks, we have learnt lots of different skills such as, printing, adding tints and shades and drawing lines of different thicknesses.

All of this preparation helped us when we started our final piece this week! We all had a fruit bowl in the middle of our tables and we had to draw the fruits with the correct detail.

Polar Art

This week’s Art lesson was to explore a new medium which was charcoal. Toucans practised shading, rubbing and adding texture using charcoal sticks and their fingers to blend. Year Two produced some fantastic work and Miss Hookes was very impressed with their artistic talents and the end results. We now have some beautiful Polar Bears to decorate our classroom with!


For our first art lesson of the spring term we were looking at colours. We had a discussion at the beginning of the lesson to see how many colours we could think of in our groups. As a class we thought of almost 20 different colours. These included colours such as turquoise, magenta, maroon and lilac! This then lead to our discussion and our main learning point for the lesson about primary and secondary colours. 

We found out that the primary colours are red, blue and yellow. These colours cannot be made using any other colours. Then we introduced the term secondary colours and discussed how secondary colours are made by mixing 2 different primary colours together to make our secondary colours.  

We discovered this… 

Red + Blue = Purple 

Yellow + Red = Orange 

Blue and Yellow = Green 

We then had a go at mixing the primary colours ourselves to make our secondary colours. We also discussed how we might get different shades of secondary colours and that would depend on the amount of our primary colours we add. 

Art – Henri Rousseau

This week, Toucans have been looking at lots of paintings by Henri Rousseau.  He created paintings of the rainforest although he had never visited there.   Toucans used different sized paintbrushes to paint a background and some animals. They only had primary colours and black and white and had to mix their own colours. 

Karly – Henri used his imagination but he drew a lion and a horse which are not found in the rain forest. 
Ryan – People said his work was childish. 
Elias – His animals looked like they were floating.  He came from France. 
To create a picture in the style of Henri Rousseau, Toucans created texture by adding tissue paper and made their animals appear to be peeping out from behind the greenery.  Well done Toucans. 

The Great Fire of London

This week, Toucans have enjoyed looking at lots of paintings of the Great Fire of London. The class realised this was another way in which we have learnt about the past. Although the pictures were all of the same scene, they were very different! We talked about which ones looked the most realistic and which were the most effective. Toucans then got to work to make their own interpretation of the same event. They created silhouettes of the roofs by using black card. Well done Toucans! All the pictures on display in our classroom.

Paul Cezanne

Toucans found out all about the French artist Paul Cezanne this afternoon. They realised he was alive during the Victorian time period, which meant he was alive at the same time as Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole!

Toucans thought his work was a bit dull and boring at first but once he began to paint nature, his work became more colourful, warm and cheerful. Karly said he was inspired by nature. The children studied a variety of pictures he had painted with acrylics and watercolours. Did you know he painted 1,300 paintings?!