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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Character Clay Portraits

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Continuting with our themes of modelling (see Firebird project by clicking here) and portraiture we took several weeks to complete masks, made from air dry clay and decorated with poster paint. The children were given the technical skills to attach noses, eyes, hair and lips to create a portrait of their characters.  Most of them […]

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Fallen Leaf Bowls

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With the arrival of Autumn, colourful swathes of leaves inspired artist and tutor Veena Scialo to bring her own version of natural art into the classroom.  A delicate, realistic fallen leaf bowl made beautifully using air dry clay and poster paint. The first stage of this project involved life drawing leaves, to learn their outline, […]

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A Flock of Firebirds

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The theme for our project this half term, originated from the Russian Folklore Story, The Firebird.  Interpreted into classical music by Igor Stravinsky, we listened to the dramatic finale on youtube, watched a clip of the ballet and read the story, to inspire us to imagine the phoenix rising from the ashes, the resurrection of […]

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Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright

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Welcome back to Autumn Term at Children’s Art School at Pelham Primary School. Leading the older group, textile Fine Artist Veena Scialo, started off by reading the 1794 William Blake poem “The Tyger” (The Tiger).  In parallel, we watched a video on contemporary children’s book author and illustrator Chris Haughton, in which he clearly demonstrates […]

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Modern Pottery Masters

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The younger artists at Pelham After School Art Club, have been working hard on their painting skills, so it’s time to apply them to decoration, but what can we decorate?  Let’s make something! A hand-crafted plaster pot or vase formed using recycled plastic bottles in a variety of sizes and shapes; mod roc and a […]

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Botanical Life Studies and Exploring Floral Painting

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The mindfulness that emanated from the children, when working from life drawing flowers, had a calming effect on the class.  We took time to look very carefully at what was in front of us and broke it down into different focusses.  Light, shade and how to follow the line from observation, combined with a little […]

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The Book of Me

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This year, we have looked at plants, animals, our friends and fellow classmates, so now it’s time to focus on me, myself and I. Our quest: To answer “Who am I?” in a book, through expressing our feelings, thoughts and ideas in a way that celebrates the wonder of our individuality.  Each one of us […]

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Impasto Impressions

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This summer half term, the bigger artists and their teacher Veena Scialo, looked closely at Van Gogh and impasto painting techniques. Using a simple paste prepared with water, flour, sugar and salt the children had fun creating their paints by adding powder paints. We then experimented for most of the session with a range of […]

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The Water-Lily Pond

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Welome back to Spring Term at Pelham Primary Children’s Art School! Here’s what’s been happening…the older children, led by textile artist Veena Scialo, took inspiration from the tranquility of the beautiful botanical masterpiece that was Claude Monet‘s garden at Giverny.  In particular, his series of 250 paintings, the Water-Lillies. Monet moved to his pink house at […]

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