Art Group – Milford Mix Up

Every Wednesday afternoon, Art Group meet to get creative!

Art group used watercolours, chalk and pastels to create art inspired by beautiful  areas of Nottingham. Many of us were inspired by the school grounds. We entered our art work into the, ‘My Beautiful Nottingham’ competition. One of our pupils, Katelyn Kendick, was selected as a finalist!

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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Last term 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. We used natural resources to create group art work in the school grounds. We used Autumn colours to create art that would blend into the school environment.




We explored pencil grades and shading techniques.



Picasso Study

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

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Extending ideas

We used our Picasso sketches to try the colours, shapes, textures and moods on fabric!

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Art Coaching skills


Members of Art Enrichment group began coaching younger children across school to develop sketching skills. Art Enrichment coaches 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.

Mckenzie (An Art Enrichment leader)  said, “I felt proud as a leader because they listened very well. It made me more confident.”

Grace (from KS1) said, “It was good to talk to each other.”

Jody (An Art Enrichment leader) said, “It will help me in the future if I want to be an Art teacher.”

Charlie (coached by Jody) said, “Jody taught me how the different pencils work with light and dark shading.”

Isabella (coached by Ruby) said, “The shading and smudging helped me. I learnt how to do different shading techniques.”

Thierry (An Art Enrichment leader) said, “I felt coaching Lexi was helpful to my art work.”

Watercolour  and pastel Techniques

Enrichment group have been 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

Last half term we created a unique paper mache mask design. We were all given a standard plastic mask and used paper mache to extend and enhance  them in individual styles! We  used our 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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Ella said,”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?

We  have been inspired by shapes in the Milford grounds. We used ipads to snap images that could influence our design work.

Once we had our inspiration, we tested out ways to turn our shapes into a costume.

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

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Manipulating Images.

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We chose images that appealed to us and thought carefully about interesting ways to cut sections from them. Then we used our sketching skills to create our 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