‘Chair of Sanctuary’ inspires

The poem written by the poet Rachel Flint that inspired so much of 3H’s Arts Fortnight, is called ‘Meditation’. To grasp what it means to meditate- focus one’s mind for a period of time-the class were encouraged to pause, slow down and respond individually through paint and drawing materials to the calm music playing. Their meditative responses would later be collaged onto their chairs.

Together, we read the poem and discussed what Rachel meant. Could we use our recent shadow puppet skills and make a shadow poem for Meditation? Could this then be shared at Monday’s Collective Worship? The combination of Mrs Harbour’s ingenuity, the kindness of Matthew Bellwood -who loaned his overhead projector- and 3H’s creative collaborations to make lettering, clocks, arrows, slogans and drawings all contributed to a short, simple film.

In the studio, 3H used black paint and thick paint brushes to produce mindful breath painting. They were inspired by the artist Torkwase Dyson. Thin lines using biro was then added. The process was repeated, but this time in colour. These too would feature as collage on the chairs.


Referring back to the poem, 3H began to think about their safe place. What or who made it a ‘sanctuary’? What words did they associate with this place? These words would feature on their own chair. Each child, chose a colour for their chair that represented them. For some it was a pale blue- they supported Manchester City- for others it was vibrant yellow, calming green, delicious pink or energetic red.

Photographs of 3H’s safe place were emailed to school and included bedrooms, Grandma’s house, the sofa, pet dog or cat and the library. Something within the photograph was captured and using acrylic paint made into a backdrop for our chairs. These backdrops included wallpaper prints, duvet cover designs, paw prints, pyjama prints , a grandma in the doorway…

Our chairs had a lot of surface area. They could be viewed from all around. Therefore, it was important to plan where words, photographs and collage would go. Perseverance was required in bucketloads. The ‘feedback sandwich’ highlighted the wow of what we had accomplished so far as well as ‘even better ifs’! Oil pastels and paint markers were used to emphasise and outline.

Each chair, belonged to and was known and understood by the individual who had created it. To celebrate the uniqueness of each child, self-portraits were made. The process shared the need to understand proportions, to notice where our facial features were positioned on our face and to appreciate that our skin was made up of many tints and tones.


Friday’s celebration was memorable in so many ways. Both Bronagh Daly (Art Theologian) and Rachel Flint (poet) joined parents and interested adults from 3H and contributed to the afternoon’s carousel of activities.

The dance to ‘Safe Place’ choreographed by Miss Patchett was beautiful, powerful and emotional. The ‘bubbles’ were enjoyed later with Mrs Harbour!

In the hall there were privileged conversations and opportunities to be ‘present’ as well as create individually, side by side or in collaboration.

The following parental/ interested adult feedback gives a glimpse of 3H’s special celebration:

‘I always find the Arts Fortnight so special! It allows us as a parent to really get involved with our children on a creative and spiritual level. Thank you to all the staff for all your hard work in creating such a magnificent environment for our children to learn and express themselves.’ Holly Sewell

Sanctuary- what a brilliant theme. It is amazing to see children from various countries across the world, cultures coming together to up a great show. The world sees hope and we are optimistic.’ Riaab’s dad

’Very interactive and inspiring sessions. Using art to encourage the kids to share is a wonderful concept. Truly welcome this initiative. We are conscious that children have so much to tell with the little words they know. This will encourage them to share what they feel courageously. Thank you.’ Tameem & Mubeena

’The program is very moving, very well planned. I see the much joy of each student. Good guests including poet & artist. Teachers are brilliant.

This was such a lovely experience and was really insightful to see the kids with their classmates in the school environment. The dance was amazing it actually made me cry and being able to do activities with the kids after was great.

Fantastic celebration with some real meaning and emotion. Thank you all so much. We were so impressed by the children of 3H (and Mrs Harbour and Mrs Woodthorpe)

As always great to see what the children have been doing. Was nice to have a 3rd party there (Bronagh & Rachel).

’Today’s celebration has been very inspiring. I’m glad my child got to experience this event.’

Thank you for this amazing work. The children have been very creative about their safe place.’

’We enjoyed and had a lovely time with our kids. Dance part was amazing and emotional. Writing our safe words on the sofa was brilliant. Daniel really enjoyed the drawing part. Thank you so much for making this great opportunity for us.’

Always really nice to come and see the children in school and all their hard work. They love sharing it with us and every year that fortnight is a safe space for them to share and consider their emotions.

Very interesting to see what children have been doing over the last two weeks. It is amazing to see how engaged they have been and how they really enjoy it.

The afternoon was lovely. It was great to see and understand what the children have been learning over the past two weeks. It has been great to spend time with my daughter in each of the areas.

Very well put together. Dance was very moving. Good 20 minute activities. Lovely to see all the children’s work.

Below is the artwork created in response to being present. Thank you.

‘Room 17’ inspires

Last month, a live brief for ‘Room 17’ (a space to create, make, invent, inspire, be entrepreneurial, use and share skills) was shared with Leeds Beckett Graphic design and illustration students. To evolve a strong brand for Room 17 and get it known and embedded in the local area is the remit. During their Arts Fortnight, 3A have also been involved in this remit. Utilising the PowerPoint presentation used at the live brief in the studio by Andy Edwards (retired lecturer at Leeds Beckett and still a graphic designer) they have embraced graphic design and explored logos, strap lines and branding. Through dance they have also explored what it means to be part of a community and to understand that they could be someone special.

To think about and record in their sketchbooks what inspires them as an individual provided the material for their paintings.

Together, we learnt how to create a self-portrait. It was really important that we looked at ourselves and so mirrors were to hand. Sketching lightly we drew the shape of our face. 3A discovered that their eyes are halfway down their face, the ear starts around where their eyes are and finish in line with the nostrils. Lips end where the iris is. Eyebrows lead into the nose. We then added hair.

Having grappled with the proportions, we then looked at skin tints and tones. We discovered so many colours. We created our own swatch of colours that we needed to use before applying the watercolour.

The A4 self-portraits were then enlarged on the photocopier to A3. These would be the heads from which our inspirations ‘escaped’ for all to see. Like our self-portraits, we needed to enlarge our inspirations.

Once our composition was complete, we added our background colour of red, blue, yellow or green. This was to share our house team- Sunningdale, Wentworth, Birkdale or Turnberry. We then continued using acrylic paint to bring our inspirations to life. I was so impressed with 3A’s brush control, concentration and perseverance.

In order to make the inspirations ‘pop’ we then added oil pastel and felt tip.

The end results were definitely inspirational.

Our last challenge in the studio was to create our own initial(s) using cardboard, corrugated card and masking tape. In sketchbooks we drew a large capital letter of our name using bubble writing. We then traced this letter onto another sheet of paper so that we could cut it out and make a template. This template we placed on cardboard, drew round and then cut out.

Because we wanted to add sides to our letters, we needed to find the perimeter. Therefore, we used wool to go around the outline of our letter shape. This gave us the correct length of the corrugated cardboard required. We then decided on the depth of the edge and adjusted accordingly. Then came the tricky part- attaching the edge to the letter. Dexterity of fingers as well as collaboration and perseverance was required in attaching with masking tape.

On completion there was definite pride.

Friday’s celebration was very special. Thank you to parents and grandparents, interested adults and Harleen, Ayesha and Charlie (role models) for being the audience as 3A performed their powerful dance and then accompanied them to the cafe, classroom and art studio to share in their learning.

The following comments share how special the afternoon was:

Still I’ll Rise

’Just like moons and like suns, with the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high, still I’ll rise.’

To understand who we are and learn to love ourselves is tricky. 4A’s time in the art studio has been a gentle invitation to pause, take a deep breath, and explore our individual hopes and fears.
To appreciate our uniqueness, commenced with really looking at ourselves in creating our self portraits. There were challenges in the process. Working lightly, 4A discovered their eyes are halfway down their face, the ear starts around where their eyes are and finish in line with the nostrils. Lips end where the iris in the eye is. Eyebrows lead into the nose. We then added hair.

We then used watercolour to block in the many tints and tones of our face and hair. The results are impressive.

To be ‘free’ to be ourselves, to know ourselves and love ourselves is definitely a process. Together, we reflected on where we felt free to be ourselves. Who made us feel strong and courageous? Where did we experience a peace and joy in being ourselves? What and who inspired us?
A bird- not caged- but free became a way of representing our hopes and an attempt to capture what makes us feel free. Our own drawn bird outlines, once cut out became the template we used to draw around onto cardboard. As our expressions and body language show, perseverance was required!

It was important that our drawings were simple, as we would be ‘colouring in’ with acrylic paints. We recognised the importance of brush choice, selecting a thick brush for backgrounds and a fine brush for detail and where control was required.

Our cardboard bird – representing our hopes, dreams and what it means to be free- was then used as a template for our t-shirt design. These t-shirts would be worn for Friday’s celebration and dance performance. Consideration as to where to place the bird was encouraged before outlining in pencil. The design was then pencilled on.

We used fabric paints on our t-shirts, blocking the colours and applying our colour mixing knowledge to make secondary colours. Paint marker was used for the writing.

An opportunity to use collage and their imaginations resulted in some glorious compositions where colour and words, backgrounds and drawings expressed their hopes, dreams, peace and joy in being themselves.

In response to the questions ‘What have you enjoyed most about Arts Fortnight? What have you learnt about yourself? What are you proud of? 4A shared:

Unique personalities

In the studio, we explored our uniqueness through really looking at ourselves in creating our self portraits and then applying the ‘rules’ to create a collage version of our wonderful selves.

It was important that we really looked at ourselves. Therefore on our iPads we took a selfie! We used this photograph for continued reference. Throughout we worked lightly. 4C discovered their eyes are halfway down their face, the ear starts around where their eyes are and finish in line with the nostrils. Lips end where the iris in the eye is. Eyebrows lead into the nose. We then added our hair.

Once confident in proportions we moved from sugar paper to cartridge paper. This was to have a go at adding skin tones using watercolour. The results are so impressive and showcase 4C’s skill in building up and blocking in the many tints and tones of their face and hair colour.

To create the collage element of their other self portrait, 4C enjoyed monoprinting, collograph printing and press printing. The results were unpredictable and impressive!

In order to capture the outline of our head and hair for the collage portraits, we placed a piece of paper over our watercolour self-portrait and traced. This outline was then transferred onto card by pressing heavily over the traced ‘head’ and creating an imprint. We then went over this with pencil. The ‘paper’ we then cut to create templates.

The next stage was imaginative, creative and fun. 4C created themselves by placing their hair/face templates over their prints, drawing around the template and then cutting out. Once happy with the position, the pieces were glued down.

Using acrylics, 4C then painted their backgrounds. It was important that a thin brush with a steady hand was used to outline the ‘portraits’.

Once the backgrounds were painted, lettering from newspapers and magazines were found and cut out to make the words and phrases that captured themselves and their personality.
This required patience. 4C then had to consider how to arrange the lettering so that it worked as a composition.

The results are impressive, colourful and showcase their printmaking.Miss Cuthill created her own collage self-portrait. What words and phrases describe her personality?

It was a privilege to share 4C’s creativity with parents and interested adults at Friday’s Art Celebration. There was drama, song, dance and an opportunity to walk the studio and have a go at press printing.

In response to the questions ‘What have you enjoyed most about Arts Fortnight?What have you learnt about yourself? What are you proud of? pupils in 4C shared…

Free To Be Me…

What a privilege it has been to work alongside 4H and Mrs Housam. Together, we have looked at ‘Invisible Things’- our feelings and emotions. We have appreciated that we experience a variety of feelings and emotions and sometimes in quick succession. Questions such as ‘What do you love the most about yourself?’ ‘Who makes you feel loved?’ ‘How do you make other people feel loved?’ have made us pause, think and reflect.

Gratitude, vibes, worries, fears, having guts, getting the giggles, experiencing joy and having hope as well as being introduced to the ‘heebie jeebies’ are just some of the many feelings that we now recognise make up our unique weird and wonderful selves. We loved creating them in clay!

We built on our knowledge of clay from Year 3. Remembering how malleable, sticky and cold it is, how we could pinch, stretch, cut and roll it and how it keeps its form. Because it is sticky prior to drying out, it was difficult to remember the importance of cross hatching, applying slip and then joining the clay together with fingers or a tool when attaching clay to clay.

Once dry, we painted our clay sculptures using acrylic paint. Focus, dexterity and patience was required in abundance. The transformations were incredible.

During 4H’s time in the studio, they also painted two self-portraits. One was a study of themselves using watercolour, the other in acrylic created in the style of the illustrator Andy J Pizza.

It was important that we really looked at ourselves. Therefore on our iPads we took a selfie! We used this photograph for continued reference. Throughout we worked lightly. 4H discovered their eyes are halfway down their face, the ear starts around where their eyes are and finish in line with the nostrils. Lips end where the iris in the eye is. Eyebrows lead into the nose. We then added our hair.

Having grappled with the proportions we looked at the darker and lighter areas of our face and then moved onto cartridge paper. Prior to applying the watercolour, we looked carefully at our skin and hair tones- we discovered so many colours.We created our own swatch of colours that we needed to use.

We then applied watercolour to our self-portraits. We started lightly and worked in blocks of colour. The results are wonderful.

Now for the ‘cartoon’ like self-portraits. We placed a piece of white paper over our watercolour self-portrait, traced the shape of our face and then added the simplified mouth, nose and eyes all in the style of Andy J Pizza. We placed the simplified portrait over a piece of card and then traced over again but this time with a pen. A lot of pressure was applied in order to leave an imprint. With a pencil we went over the indentation.

Our ‘incredible feelings’ were then added in pencil. Using acrylics, we then painted. Finally, words/phrases from the lyrics of ‘Hounds of Love’ and feelings important to ourselves were then added.The results are inspired.

It was a privilege to share 4H’s creativity with parents and interested adults at Friday’s Art Celebration. There was song, dance, Kennings, an opportunity to walk the studio and appreciate the self-portraits and clay installation as well as create a ‘mini morph’.

Loidis…Leeds

In groups, 2H worked collaboratively on drawing Leeds over the years. Using a variety of drawing materials they started by illustrating the River Aire, then the surrounding fields and built up their pictures so that factories, markets, Leeds Minster, Leeds Bridge, important streets such as Briggate and Boar Lane as well as more and more and more housing was depicted. Their focus was wonderful to see and their final pieces impressive.

Our fine motor skills were definitely tested when cutting out the letters of important historical Leeds landmarks. During Friday’s celebration, the stippling technique was used with the stencils. The results were great.

During the fortnight, 2H drew inspiration from John Atkinson Grimshaw’s painting of ‘Boar Lane.’ We noticed the Victorian Lamp posts, arched window with lots of panes of glass, as well as the tobacco sign and cobbled streets. We looked at his use of colour- mostly warm colours- and learnt that he liked to paint nocturnal urban landscapes.

Using clay, we then created slabs with some of these features added. We now know that to attach pieces of clay to the slab, we need to cross hatch and add slip (clay and water.) We also saw how clay changes from being cold, soft, sticky and malleable to hard and fragile once dry. We then mixed our own mixed warm colours to resemble those of John Atkinson Grimshaw’s.

Once again, the dance choreographed by Miss Patchett was performed brilliantly on the day (three times!) The class worked so hard and once again demonstrated good collaboration and skill. The sports important to Leeds were celebrated- rugby and football- as well as netball.

Thank you to the parents and interested adults of 2H who were able to attend Friday’s celebration. Your presence, participation and time was really appreciated. The children love an audience and delight in sharing their successes and challenges in their learning with you. Your comments were truly precious!

We had such a lovely time today. Was so nice to come and see the classroom, library and art studio. Thank you to all of you for all your effort. Was nice to interact with everybody. The performance by kids was amazing! I’m so proud. Lovely school. Thank you.’

’Lovely to see the dance in the hall. Very well choreographed and fab to see the pupils smiling. As ever, the art studio is a pleasure to see in action- such a brilliant facility. You’ve really nailed the city of Leeds theme. I’ve even learnt a few new things. Thanks for organising a lovely afternoon. Well done all staff and pupils, as always we’ve felt very welcome.(Millie’s mum)

’It was lovely to see all the work the children have done. I really liked the clay arched window. The dance was brilliant all three times!’

’I have really enjoyed the Arts showcase today. I can tell a lot of work has gone into this fortnight and my daughter has really enjoyed it. Watching them perform their dance and then participating with them create some art was lovely. I am grateful for the opportunity- thank you. I would not change anything! Given a chance, I think my daughter would prefer to do this twice a year or more! Thanks once again.’ (Amy Taylor. )

‘Thank you Mrs Johnston. Luca loves art class and his time in here with you. It’s fantastic to see the great work you do in here with him.’

’Thank you for all the work you do with Felicity Rose. She loves art. Thank you for a brilliant afternoon.’

‘Boar Lane’ 140 years ago

’I saw a bus with Boar Lane !’ This comment made me smile. John Atkinson Grimshaw, painted the street Boar Lane over 140 years ago and both painting and street still exist today.
His painting inspired our Arts Fortnight in the studio. His warm colours featured in our weaving and the painting of our clay slabs.

We noticed the Victorian Lamp posts, arched windows, tobacco sign and cobbled pavements. In our sketch books, we chose something from his painting that interested us and drew its outline. This simple drawing we then captured in clay on our clay slabs.

But how did we make our clay slabs?

First, we bashed the air out of the clay. Next, using the palms of our hands we rolled the clay into a sphere. After that, we used a rolling pin to roll the clay into a rectangular or square slab.

With the left over clay we bashed it, rolled it into a sphere and then rolled it out again so that we could draw our noun depicted in our sketch book.

To attach our clay onto the slab we used a glue clay called slip. This is made from water and clay. We also had to cross hatch the slab and the piece of clay we wanted to attach before adding the slip. We then used our fingers or clay tools to make sure there were no gaps between the pieces and then smoothed the sides.

We then left our clay slabs to dry. We learnt that the malleable clay that we could pinch, cut, roll and build up once dry became hard and fragile.

Thomas’ sketchbook captures in paint and different drawing media, the many warm colours and a few of the cool colours John Atkinson Grimshaw used in his painting of Boar Lane. Together we remembered that the primary colours red, yellow and blue could be mixed together to make the warm colour orange and the cool colour green. We also remembered that a touch of black made our colours darker and white made our colours lighter. By playing, we discovered that red, blue and yellow made brown.

In painting our clay slabs, we needed to remember how to make these colours.

Many of us found weaving tricky. To keep going when we were in the pit took courage and perseverance. Chloe quickly became an expert and others imitated her technique. Going under and over is easier to say that physically do with needle and yarn. Well done 2B for keeping going and successfully capturing the colours of ‘Boar Lane’ in the process.

Friday afternoon was an incredibly joyous time. So many interested adults of 2B joined in their arts celebration, watched the dance and joined in the carousel of activities. The photographs and comments hopefully give a glimpse of what we were up to.

‘Today was great. I love how everyone can get involved in what the children have been learning.’

‘Amazing practical bonding session for parents and kids.’

10/10 great fun and amazing artwork Ruby.’

Really enjoyed this afternoon. It was lovely getting involved with A’Nae and working as a team. A’Nae has been very excited. I enjoyed watching her work.

’We always enjoy Arts Fortnight. Well planned. The activities this year have been particularly enjoyable. Thank you.’

’Role model children were great!! A lovely afternoon at 2B’s Art celebrations. All of the children did ACE at their performance. The children did a wonderful job at teaching us about what they have learned about Leeds.’

’I really enjoyed your well planned afternoon. Children very happy and well informed. Was interested to see iPads being used so successfully. Lovely buildings- art room and library etc. Thanks so much.’

’Really good fun. We both enjoyed it! ❤️’

Was lovely to see my granddaughter dancing with her classmates, and see where she spends her time, in class and in the art room. All the teachers seem really nice. What a great environment. Well done to the children in blue, very friendly and chatty.’

’Amazing performance. Fun quiz- very competitive. Very creative in the art studio.’

Fantastic experience. Thank you very much!’

’Lovely afternoon, thanks. Really liked the quiz. Children loved having parents here.’

’Everything was great, especially the way of teaching.’

’I am really amazed seeing Mariam doing great job. I really enjoyed joining her and loved seeing all the teachers and looking around school. Thank you. Really amazing.’

’We enjoyed all the activities and sharing as a family. So happy.’

Icarus

Thank you 5S for your endurance and patience. Your collages and mixed media, feather relief and animation all required these attributes. From the initial warm up drawing exercises of feathers to your final piece incorporating them, the progress has been phenomenal.

You have used your imaginations, explored watercolour techniques and applied both to your mixed media work. From wax resist to splatter, tissue dabbing to alcohol dipping, the results created backgrounds that captured Icarus’ descent from the sun to Poseidon’s watery grave.

The art studio truly resembled an art gallery on Friday. Your sketchbooks and artwork shared the process and your acrylic feather reliefs were beautiful. There was so much pride and deservedly so. It was an intricate process requiring fine motor skills as you manipulated newspaper, tissue paper and glue.

The arts celebration was truly appreciated by your parents and interested adults. They loved your dance performance and enjoyed participating in the drawing skills- blind drawing, continuous line drawing and observational drawing- as well as the library and classroom learning.

Below is the feedback:

‘It’s wonderful! It totally brings me back to my childhood and let me dabble in the lovely drawing. Thank you!’

‘This session is brilliant. It let us know different types of drawing skills.’

‘Lovely to see all the wonderful things the children have been learning. Thanks for the opportunity to come.

‘Very good experience. Learnt new ways of improving drawing skills. I love it. ‘

’I had a lovely time looking around. Very impressed with the dance.’

‘A fab day as always. It’s always nice to see the work and enjoy their performance.’

‘Today I had a great day at the arts fortnight. Everything was perfect.’

‘Very nice to get involved and see the children in the school environment. A great performance.’

‘Really nice to see the work and effort that the kids have put in. Really enjoyed the drawing! ‘

Hubris and overconfidence

Although a minor character in Greek mythology, the story of Icarus is widely known and it has become a symbol of hubris- excessive pride.
Inspired by Matisse’s Icarus print, 5P created their own collage of Icarus, who with his passionate heart fell out of the starry sky.

Icarus’ wings of wax and feathers inspired 5P’s relief work in the art studio. Warm up exercises of ‘blind drawing’, ‘continuous line drawing’ and observational drawings of feathers supported their feather studies. Watercolours, pencil, oil pastel, pastel, biro and felt tip were ‘sandwiched’ to create these wonderful studies in their sketchbooks.

Watercolour techniques were explored further in sketch books. Exploring how salt, wax resist, alcohol, splattering and a wash could create different effects was then incorporated into their backgrounds for their own collage.

Feathers- their own drawings photocopied and collaged onto the piece, as well as phrases from the poem performed in their dance were then added.

5P’s final piece, was a relief. Each child enlarged a feather- shape, line and pattern the focus. Then on cardboard, newspaper and glue were manipulated to create the ‘walls’. The process was definitely tricky and sticky, but 5P persevered. Tissue paper was added to the feathers before using acrylic paint for the background. The reliefs were very impressive.

In order to prepare for the arts celebration, pupils were asked to reflect upon and share their successes and challenges within the art process. The following photographs of their thoughts capture the pride, perseverance and ‘pit’ moments.

It was a delight to welcome 5P’s interested adults and siblings to Friday’s art celebration. As the following photographs and comments share the afternoon was enjoyed!



‘Had a lovely time looking through the art and then lots of fun trying out the techniques. Very hands on, and interactive. Always good to see the full class. Thanks.’

‘Amazing dance! Great teamwork and very brave of Cristian! Lovely artwork in the studio.’

‘Lovely session- highly interactive and informative.’

‘Always enjoy arts fortnight, so lovely to have time with the children and drawing together.’

‘As always, it is wonderful to see the children so focussed on displaying their work. Well organised and great to see the school learning environment.’

‘Surabaya has done some amazing work. I can see just how much time and effort she has put in and just how much she has enjoyed it.’

‘It has been lovely to see the wonderful artwork the children have been creating- thank you to all the teachers for the opportunity.’

‘Really nice to join in and draw with my son and compare our drawings.’

‘What an excellent activity to do with my daughter. Very therapeutic! Thanks.’

‘Really great art fortnight again. Fantastic to see all the children grow every year and all the great work they do. Thank you!’

‘Excellent day. Thank you so much. Lovely activities.’

‘I have really enjoyed the art event today with the different activities and also we can engage with kids in their own space around the school.’

‘Lovely afternoon understanding more about what Erin has been learning over the past 2 weeks.’

‘Love the performance and it’s lovely to see my child’s work and her performance. Nice to be involved and see other parents and their children’

‘Another amazing arts fortnight celebration. The dance was fantastic. The trust in the class is great to see.’

If I had wings…

The Greek Myth ‘Daedalus and Icarus’ provided the hook for 5C’s art in the studio, with the father and son’s flight from the tower engineered by constructing two pairs of wings from bird feathers. ‘Feathers’ inspired our observational drawings and reliefs as well as featuring in their collage pieces.

Cardboard, newspaper, and PVA glue created the feather reliefs. The outline of a feather was drawn onto the cardboard and then by rolling up newspaper strips glued to create the relief.It required dexterity in fine motor skills, perseverance and patience.

Tissue paper was then added to ‘colour’ in the feather by gluing. Finally, the backgrounds were added. 5C successfully ‘sandwiched’ pastel, felt tip, pencil crayon and watercolours to create these.

Dabbing watercolour with tissue, adding alcohol and salt, as well as seeing how oil pastel and wax provides a resist were just some of the explorations 5C did in their sketch books before committing these to their collage pieces.

5C’s Arts celebration on Friday afternoon with parents, grandparents, older siblings and interested adults, incorporated some of our drawing warm ups. These included blind drawing, continuous line drawing and finally an observational drawing of feathers. ‘Therapeutic’ or ‘traumatic’ were some of the adult responses, but it was great to see 5C confidently lead the way!

An appreciation of the skills and knowledge used was then shared as together 5C shared their successes and challenges in the art studio.

The following feedback gives a glimpse of how well received 5C’s Arts Fortnight was:

Amazing staff. They gave us such a warm welcome. The Art Fortnight exhibits the beauty and the great effort put into teaching the children. THANK YOU.

‘Sam has really enjoyed his arts fortnight and is looking forward to expanding his skills with watercolours at home.’

‘Loved the drawing; getting to experience what the children do! Happy and enthusiastic teachers.’


’Lovely session- nice to experience some of what the children did. They love it so much- a lovely afternoon.’

‘What a lovely afternoon we have had! Excellent dance and great to see all the wonderful artwork.’

‘Amy loves the chance to be creative while learning. She is always so excited when it’s the Arts fortnight- one of the highlights of her year. The performance and carousel of activities is wonderful- getting to see their work and be in school.’

‘Amazing performance. Love the interaction in the arts studio. Loved all the art work- amazing.’

‘We love to see what Aubrie has been up to at school. Fab performance. Well done everyone!’

‘Always enjoy coming to Arts Fortnight- the staff and kids have worked so hard.’

‘Really enjoyed the dance and doing the drawing of feathers with Ruby.’

‘Really good artwork and great that the parents could join in.’