Cleadon Church of England Academy

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Art in School


 Year 3 Pop Art

We have been learning about different artists this term including Modigliani, Picasso and Andy Warhol. Last week we traced the famous Campbells soup can and today using oil pastels we added our vibrant colours to replicate the artists signature style.


The children in Year 3 were inspiered by the artwork of Amedeo Modigliani, an Italian painter and sculptor who worked mostly in Paris, Modigliani is best known for his portraits, which can easily be recognized because of their elongated noses and necks and their long slender faces.

Year 2 Portrait

In Year 2 we are focusing on portraits this half term. Each child drew a self-portrait with very little guidance from their teacher. This was step 1. We then discussed our portraits with our partners and thought about how we could make them more realistic. We decided that drawing the eyes was especially tricky! Our teachers taught us how to sketch eyes using a range of techniques. You can click the video below if you would like to learn how to draw realistic looking eyes. Step 2 was to practice drawing eyes and other facial features.

Tudor Art

The children in Year 5 have worked so hard on these sculptures of Tudor figures. We used a range of techniques and skills as well as some art materials we had not used before. We think you will agree that the finished sculptures are a reflection of our hard work!

Year 4 Mosaic

Our Year 4 children have linked their art to their history topic which is The Romans. They designed, made and evaluated their own mosaic pictures.

Artists from Around the World

Kusama Yayoi, born 22 March 1929) is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry, fiction, and other arts. Her work is based in conceptual art

We were inspired by her love of bright colours, complex backgrounds and spotty designs.

Colour Mixing

Textile Design-Idea: COLOR WHEEL

If you combine two primary colours, you create something called a secondary colour. For example, mixing red and blue produces purple; yellow and red makes orange; blue and yellow combined make green; red and blue make purple. ... If you mix three primary colours, you get black. 

Working with Charcoal

This week Year 2 worked with willow charcoal sticks. This type of charcoal is made from natural willow wood. It’s generally quite soft which makes it great for free flowing strokes and blending. We practiced using this new media before we used it to create an observational drawing of St Paul's Cathedral.

Pablo Picasso - Cubism

The children in Year 2 have been looking at the artwork of Pablo Picasso. Some of his most recognisable pieces were created in the cubist style. Cubism is a style of art which aims to show all of the possible viewpoints of a person or an object all at once. It is called Cubism because the items represented in the artworks look like they are made out of cubes and other geometrical shapes. When working in this style the children had to consider:

  • bold colours
  • block colour
  • bold, black lines
  • different proportion
  • strange placement
  • strong shapes

Romero Britto  - Neo-pop

Romero Britto (1963- present), born in Brazil, is known for his neo-pop artwork. A self-taught artist, Britto “combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti painting in his work, using vibrant colours and bold patterns as a visual expression of hope and happiness”. Romero Britto has created work for many popular brands and his work is also displayed in many popular places, such as airports.

Year 2 were inspired by his emoji work.


In the past, portraits were mostly used to memorialize rich and powerful people like kings and queens. This meant the world would remember them after they died. An artist often tries to show the person’s character so a portrait might show how important someone is, or how kind, or strong.

A self-portrait is when the artist creates a piece of work showing themselves. Self-portraits are actually a key part of learning and personal development. Creating a self portrait gives the children a chance to explore shape and form, it provides a freedom for them to represent themselves and show how they see themselves. Most importantly self portraiture is about creating something for themselves, and not worrying about what other people think or how they may respond. Children will learn that doing art is, at its best, quick, simple and enjoyable. 


Hope Project

During lockdown our children were invited to create a piece of artwork showing their lockdown experiences. Working with local artist Greg McGee as their guide they created some amazing portraits detailing their life in the midst of the Covid pandemic. 

The children's art work will be combined and made into an art installation to be displayed in school.