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Autumn - Art

Lesson 1: Drawing - Natural Art 

Andy Goldsworthy - art in a natural environment


Artist Andy Goldsworthy talks about and demonstrates creating artwork in a natural landscape using natural materials. Working on site in a quarry, Goldsworthy makes an abstract drawing on slate and shows how a 'rain shadow' can be made on stone during wet weather. He explores the temporary nature of some landscape artwork and the effects which can be produced there.


Activity: Children can brainstorm how to create art in a natural environment and record their ideas. Reactions to the temporary element of Andy Goldsworthy's work could be gauged. Children could be questioned about the idea of one piece of work being washed away by the rain and a rain shadow becoming another piece of work. It could also be used as an introduction to a wider topic on Goldsworthy's work in stone and wood. Children could do some rain shadows and photograph the results. The idea of using slate to create marks on slate could be experimented with and the idea of reviving a work could also be discussed.

Lesson 2: Colour - Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso


A dramatised autobiography of the artist Pablo Picasso, showing his paintings and sketches and talking about the inspiration for his work. Picasso talks about his family and his sister Lola, who was a huge inspiration for his work. He then says that the one person he drew throughout his whole life was himself. He talks about how he used colours to show emotions. 

He also talks about how one day he decided to change the way he painted people, rather than painting them the way they looked. He demonstrates looking at a person's profile and then their whole face to show how the facial features can appear to change when seen from a different angle. Finally he encourages the children watching to cut up faces from magazines to make new ones.

Activity: Children could carry out the suggested activity of cutting out facial features from magazines to create a portrait. Alternatively, children could create their own self-portrait pictures using photographs of themselves. Working in pairs, children could photograph each other's faces from a variety of angles. Once printed out, the children could use all the photographs of themselves to create a Picasso inspired self portrait. The completed portraits could then be displayed in a class art gallery as a self portrait exhibition.
Lesson 3: Colour - Vincent Van Gogh

A dramatized autobiography of the artist Vincent van Gogh talking about his work. He talks about how he drew and painted farmers and people who worked on the land in Holland, using dark colours to represent the gloominess of their labour. After moving to France he began to paint using brighter colours, drawing the landscapes and using nature as an inspiration for his work. Painting at particular times of day meant he was reliant on the light available and so he started to paint using quick strokes, using thick paint so that people could feel his paintings. He encourages the children watching to paint their impressions of things around them.


Activity: After viewing the clip, children could first explore using quick strokes and bold colours on paper. What effect do they think this has? Afterwards, children could be given a still life to paint, perhaps a vase of flowers, in the style of Van Gogh using quick strokes and lots of paint. Children could create frames for their paintings so they are able to take home their first Impressionist masterpiece. Alternatively, children could use the same technique to paint a natural scene.