Year 6

Term 1

This term we have been learning all about digital art. We started off by having discussions in groups all about what digital art is, how it is created and thinking of some examples of digital art. We also had a look at Tate Draw and had a quick go at drawing some different types of digital art such as symmetrical drawings and pixelated art.

We talked about apps that digital artists use to create artwork and learnt how to use the different tools in Sketchbook which is a drawing app. We also got to try out using a stylus – for some of us this was the first time! After that we learnt how layers can be used to help make making changes much easier, rather than having to start again if something goes wrong when doing different types of art. We had a go at saving a drawing off the internet and then drawing over the top using layers.

Finally we were challenged to make a digital map of Mote Park. We had to draw over the top of a map of Mote Park and then draw and label all of the tourist attractions onto the maps. We only had an hour for this so Mrs Clarkson thinks we did a good job!

Term 2

This term the children have been learning about manga which is a form of Japanese art used to create comic books. They started by researching manga artist Osamu Tezuka and then watched a video clip about how eyes and mouths can be drawn differently to show different emotions. They then followed a video to learn how to draw a male and female manga character and then some of the children had a go at turning their friends into manga characters.

Then the children were each given part of Macbeth to turn into manga. They followed some instructions such as only having 8 panels on a page, using thicker pens for the outlines of faces and fineliner pens for details within the face and only having small amounts of text. Once the panels were planned the children created their final outcome piece. Finally, we were able to piece all the parts of Macbeth together to make several class manga comics which were shared with year 5.

Term 3

This term Y6’s topic was World War 2. We looked at some of Henry Moore’s wartime drawings and created a page in our sketchbooks all about him and his work. We then watched a video to recap our work on tones by using different pressures to show the different shadows and highlights and also looked at drawing curved lines to show the shapes of objects. The children then took it in turns lying down with a sheet covering them so we could really focus on the use of contours to depict sleeping people.

After that we looked at some work by the artist Grayson Perry, particularly focussing on his ceramic work. We were each given some equilateral triangles and we had to create a picture depicting a WW2 scene. We had the choice of which materials we used. Once we’d done this we started joining the triangles together to create a wave bowl. We didn’t really follow a regular pattern but joined triangles together which we thought looked good and let the bowl evolve organically.

Finally, we took videos and photos of our work and uploaded them onto Seesaw along with our evaluations.

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