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How to use a sketchbook

Hawthorn - Year 4 - Figures in Proportion - exploring how to use body part sizes to guide our proportions

Year 4 experimenting with watercolour techniques such as 'wet on wet', flicking, using the end of brushes to make lines, bleeding and smudging and having a 'feel' for the qualities of watercolour.

Hawthorn Class - Year 4 - trying our Henry Moore's wax resist technique on our drawings in the sketchbook just like the artist experimented.

Hawthorn Class - Lesson 2 - comparing Henry Moore with Barbara Hepworth in our sketchbooks

3 pupils were inspired to sketch more Henry Moore forms at home!

LESSON 1 - HENRY MOORE'S SKETCHBOOKS inspired Hawthorn class to fill a page with drawings of Henry's monumental sculptures. We used biro, 2b, 6b - just like the artist.

HAWTHORN YEAR 4   PICASSO THAT EYE!

We've been learning about the famous artist, Pablo Picasso, as part of International Day (our country was Spain).

We experimented in our sketchbooks using his Cubist style. We explored oil pastels as well.

We Picassoed that eye!

HAWTHORN YEAR 4

We have been exploring the work of artist Keith Haring who called himself 'the boy who could not stop drawing'.

Then we've experimented with patterns and mark-making with 2B, 6B, graphite stick and layered with biro and felt pen.

KS1 ARE NOW DEVELOPING THEIR OWN SKETCHBOOKS

WHAT COLOUR SAYS TO US

Birch Class in Year 2 have built on their exploration of Patrick Heron's paintings by exploring what different colours say to them personally. We have recorded this in our sketchbooks. 

We have also investigated using chalk pastels in our sketchbooks.

Year 2 are also beginning to use sketchbooks to record what they might do differently next time.

 

A TEXTILE ARTIST'S SKETCHBOOK

Lower Juniors have been thinking about the reason artists use sketchbooks. We have been lucky enough to look at an artist called Jane Smith and how she has used hers to work out ideas for her textile art.

 

She experiments with different media.

She experiments with different drawings and designs.

She collects inspiring photographs.

She writes notes to help her remember materials or inspiring artists.

She tries out techniques to help decide whether they work for her or not.

She investigates, plays and pushes ideas.

She says, "I can't work without a sketchbook as I try things out and it helps me work things out before I commit to a final piece of work. Half my ideas come to nothing and that's fine - my sketchbook is where I've realised this. I feel lost without my sketchbook and my textile pieces suffer without it because that's where I do all my thinking and experimenting."

HAWTHORN CLASS

We experimented using 2 types of pen and making patterns to capture the energy and movement of the sea.

More investigations - comparing chalk pastels and oil pastels.

Which do we prefer and why, can we express our preferences as artists. Can we see/feel the differences in media and then use this to chose which media might be best in future projects?

Year 3 and 4

Sketchbooks used to explore jellyfish which will be developed into 3-d sculptures.

EXPRESSING OUR IDEAS ABOUT ARTISTS IN OUR SKETCHBOOKS

Year 5

Year 5 using sketchbooks to explore a project on trees. They have used their sketchbooks outside as well as experimenting with mark-making. These will be developed into a wire final piece.

Year 5 RESPONDING TO A CONTEMPORARY FEMALE SCULPTOR'S WORK IN SKETCHBOOKS

Birch class explored primary and secondary colours in their sketchbooks. They mixed the colours independently and created their own colour wheels 🖌🎨

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