Year 4

Term 1

This term, Year 4 have been learning about The Vikings.

In art we looked at the work of Winslow Homer and experimented with brush techniques to achieve different effects for the sea. This included dragging a stick through wet paint, wax resist with water colour, flicking paint and sprinkling powder paint onto wet paper. We were given the challenge to decorate four different sheets of paper using a mixture of these techniques. We then had to paint a sky for the background, thinking about the type of weather/atmosphere we wanted to portray. Finally we made Viking ships out of coloured paper and then made collages using our work.

Term 2

This term we have been learning about the Tudors. We researched Tudor fashion and found out about the clothes and colours of the clothes that the Tudors wore. Then we developed our drawing skills by experimenting with different drawing pencils to show texture and tone.

We found out that the HB pencils are good for drawing lines and the B pencils are good for shading. We also looked at using a rubber to show highlights.

We then got to choose Henry VIII or one of his wives and had to produce a detailed pencil portrait of them that we could turn into a stamp.  Finally, we photocopied our drawings onto coloured paper and used the zig-zag scissors to create the wavy lines around the edge of the stamp.

We could really see the progress that we made with our drawings throughout the term.

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