Art and Design at The Milford Academy

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 visit Nottingham Trent University to work with clay and the expertise of Art students.
Year 6 pupils explore watercolours
Art Club
Art Club are planning to create environmental Art to enhance the new memorial garden. In preparation they began sketching natural shapes using pencil grades. Look out for our natural creations in the school grounds…
Hoodwinked BookBench Project
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?
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?
 Georgia O’Keeffe  artist study
Art Club have been inspired by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe to create their own work in pastels, chalk. oils and watercolours.
Faces proved an interesting topic for Art Club and shading techniques were developed while focussing on specific features.
Art Club used the Milford grounds to inspire observational drawing.  Art Club members helped each other explore different pencil grades, shading techniques and shadow.
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 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?
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.
making-environmental-artresize-making-2Picasso Studypicasso jadenInspiration 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 2


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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.

Congratulations to all the talented, creative pupils of Milford!

Mrs Haslam