Art and Design at The Milford Academy

At the Milford Academy, pupils experience a wide range of  inspirational, creative  projects within the Art and Design  curriculum. Pupils learn age appropriate skills and techniques and explore a wide range of media throughout their school journey. Art and Design projects are often linked to topic work to give a context to Art and Design skills and help pupils make connections in their learning.  Pupils have the opportunity to  study  a range of Artists. Activities are planned in each phase to ensure a progression of skills, techniques and media.
Creativity is also developed through partnership projects, such as  with Nottingham Trent University and the  Nottingham Contemporary  Start Project. Milford pupils are given the opportunity to visit Art galleries and work with professional artists (See  School Life – Nottingham Contemporary Partnership Projects and  Nottingham Trent University Art Partnership).
In addition to curriculum work,  enthusiastic and gifted artists have the opportunity to  extend their Art and Design skills further through Art Club.   In this club,  pupils have the opportunity to explore  their creative ideas in greater depth, using  a wide range of inspiration, media and techniques.
We hope that these planned, creative, progressive activities will foster aspiration and enjoyment  in the arts.
Early Years and Foundation children develop a range of skills and techniques and use a range of media. Milford pupils begin to make marks with pencils, felts, chalks and paints. They begin to develop collage techniques, choosing colours, textures and patterns.  Pupils have a range of opportunities to explore 3D work.
Mark making
3D Experiences
Collage, colour and texture work
Key Stage 1
Key stage 1 pupils continue to develop drawing skills, 3D work, print techniques and choices in colour, texture and pattern. 
Lower Key Stage 2
Weaving skills  and techniques in Year 3
Year 3 explored a range of techniques, resources, colours and textures  to create these beautiful  art works.
Year 3 pupils entered the wonderful world of texture and weaving. They tried weaving with a wide range of materials such as, wool, paper, straw and ribbon! Different sizes and styles of weaving looms were explored. Do you like the range of colours and textures created? 
Year 4 pupils worked in 3D to create Ancient Egyptian Death Masks
While making the masks they used a wide range of skills; sketching, cutting, paper mache, moulding, modelling and painting!  Pupils were very proud of the results!
Year 3  pupils developed 3D modelling techniques using clay in partnership with tNottingham Tret University. 
Year 3 pupils were then able to glaze their clay work and see the  beautiful results after they were fired in the kiln at Nottingham Trent University. 
Upper Key Stage 2 
Year 5 printed onto fabric using  flowers and leaves.
Upper Key stage 2 pupils worked in 3D to create  Viking longboat models.
Upper Key stage 2  developed Observational sketch techniques.
Pupils helped each other explore different pencil grades, shading techniques and shadow.
Year 6 pupils also explores water colour techniques and used then to create intricate designs and faded landscapes.
Art Club   –   For more details of Art Club work see – School Life – Art Club
Partnership Projects 
Year 4 exhibit  at the Nottingham Contemporary  2018-2019
Year 4 exhibited their work as part of the Start project in partnership with the Nottingham Contemporary. Year 4 pupils exhibited a variety of art forms including a dance performance on screen, 3D wire sculptures and free drawings.
For more details of this project see School Life – Nottingham Contemporary Partnership Project 2018 -2019.
Year 4 pupils also explored the exhibition by Daniel Steegmann Mangrane linking with their rainforest topic.
Hoodwinked BookBench Project  (Sponsored by East Midlands Airport)
Congratulations to the talented artists at the Milford Academy who designed, drew and painted an amazing BookBench. Pupils created a design that represented a reading journey through the Milford Academy showing the diverse genres and interesting authors children meet along the way!
Pupils sketched out ideas on paper, planned the areas faintly on the unpainted bench then created the design using acrylic paints and posca pens for outline detail. Finally, the BookBench was varnished.
Can you spot your favourite book, author or character on the BookBench?
Previous Art Projects
French Artist Studies on Culture Day
During Culture Day this year, the Milford Academy studied famous French artists. EYFS discovered the bold colours and collage techniques of Mattisse, KS1 explored the magic of Monet,  Lower Key Stage 2 studied the pointilism movement through the artist Georges Seurat and Upper Key Stage 2 explored the still life compositions of Cezanne.
Which famous French artist is your favourite?
Milford Pupils Exhibit their work at the Nottingham Contemporary  2017 -2018
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?
An Art group studied the artist Roy Lichenstein and used his comic strip style art to create their own work.
Observational Sketches
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Can you see shading techniques?  Can you see where pupils have chosen different pencil grades for effect?
Environmental Art
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.
Picasso Study
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.picasso copy 2picasso nudeExtending ideas
Picasso sketches  were used as inspiration to explore different media. Colours, shapes, textures and moods  were developed on fabric!picasso fabric
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 younger pupil  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.”
Water colour  and pastel TechniquesA group of pupils  were experimenting with water colours and pastels. The colours blended creatively  with paints and  the pastels created interesting smudge colour shot resize

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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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Congratulations to all the talented, creative pupils of Milford!

Mrs Haslam