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How to use a sketchbook

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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