Art at The Milford Academy

Milford Pupils Exhibit their work at the Nottingham Contemporary
Nottingham Contemporary Partnership Project 2017  Initial Gallery Visit
Year 4 pupils were fascinated and inspired by the ‘States of America’ exhibition at the Nottingham Contemporary Gallery. Reflecting on the photographs, discussing images, creating poses and imagining emotions gave pupis plenty of creative ideas.  Images at the gallery inspired  Milford art work including masks, poetry, portrait thoughts  and drawing with words!
For more images, see School Life – The Nottingham Contemporary Partnership Project 2017.
Drawing Skills
Lower Key Stage 2 have been developing their drawing techniques. Over several sessions, they explored pencil grades, shading patterns, tone, texture and shadow. 
Can you see where children have  developed tone, texture and shadow?
A Key Stage 2 Art group used watercolours, chalk and pastels to create art inspired by beautiful  areas of Nottingham, including the school grounds. Art work was entered into the, ‘My Beautiful Nottingham’ competition. One of our pupils was selected as a finalist!
An Art group studied the artist RoyLichenstein and used his comic strip style art to create their own work.Art Leaders coach KS 1

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Art Leaders  shared their sketching and shading skills across school. The first step was to try and perfect their own skills while drawing hands. Leaders used a range of sketching skills to develop outlines, details, shadow and shading.

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Later, Art leaders paired with younger children to share these skills. They also focussed on developing the Milford values of determination and motivation! The Art Leaders worked very hard to encourage, support, guide and motivate their partners as well as show them Art techniques. Both Art Leaders and younger pupils enjoyed the experience as well as developing Milford values.

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Previous Activities


Art group studied the artist Andy Goldsworthy and were inspired by his environmental art. They used natural resources to create group art work in the school grounds.  Autumn colours were used to create art that would blend into the school environment.




Pencil grades and shading techniques were explored in  Upper Key Stage 2.



Picasso Study

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Inspiration was taken from the artist Picassso. Pupils began the study  by copying famous paintings form the Blue Period as well as some Cubist work.

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Extending ideas

Picasso sketches  were used as inspiration to explore different media. Colours, shapes, textures and moods  were developed on fabric!

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Art Coaching skills

Art Leaders began coaching younger children across school to develop sketching skills. They used a sketching skills ladder and modelled their own sketching skills for the younger children. They showed impressive speaking and listening skills as well as empathy for others while coaching.

A leader said, “I felt proud as a leader because they listened very well. It made me more confident.”

A younger pupil commented, “It was good to talk to each other.”

Another leader  said, “It will help me in the future if I want to be an Art teacher.”

A  younger pupil  noted, “My Art Leader taught me how the different pencils work with light and dark shading.”

Another youngerpupil  stated, “The shading and smudging helped me. I learnt how to do different shading techniques.”

An Art Leader commented, “I felt coaching  younger pupils was helpful to my art work.”

Watercolour  and pastel Techniques

A group of pupils  were experimenting with watercolours and pastels. The colours blended creatively  with paints and  the pastels created interesting smudge colour effects.

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Mask Making

Pupils created a unique paper mache mask design. Everyone was given a standard plastic mask and used paper mache to extend and enhance them in individual styles! Pupils used their imagination and paint techniques to bring these masks to life. Do you like our finished  mask designs? Can you guess the inspiration for each?

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A pupil commented, “I’ve really enjoyed the mask making because you can let your imagination run wild!”

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Could you make a costume entirely out of paper?

Pupils were inspired by shapes in the Milford grounds. They used ipads to snap images that could influence our design work.

Once inspiration was found,  pupils tested out ways to turn natural shapes into a costume.

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Team work was essential to test, adjust and rethink ideas as pupils worked on a large scale.

Manipulating Images.

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Pupils chose images that appealed to them, then thought carefully about interesting ways to cut sections from them. Then they used their sketching skills to create their own interpretation of the area cut away.

Famous faces intrigued us. Think carefully about the size, shape and direction of the cut away shape!

Famous faces intrigued us. We thought about the size, shape and direction of the cut away shape!

Do you like the sections we cut away from the images? Where would you cut away a section?

Mrs Haslam