Since we are in the month of ‘love’ I thought I would share with you some of my favourite paintings featuring love. You will see from the selection that this covers all manner of interpretations. Botticelli’s Venus and Mars 1485 The theme of this painting is supposed to be Love conquers all; with Mars the… Continue reading The Look of Love!
My reception classes have been exploring collage in all its variants and varieties and this particular project using mixed media of tissue, pastel and paint has been particularly successful. The scrunching of the tissue, and the application of pastel and paint all help develop young children’s fine motor skills. In addition the project helps them… Continue reading Fabulous Fruits!
Being a tea rather than a coffee drinker the teapot has always held a particular appeal and with it of course that great British tradition ‘tea time’. My parents once had neighbours who owned the world’s biggest teapot collection with some two thousand plus teapots; to which I contributed two 1950’s examples which I found… Continue reading Tea for Two!
Tell me a story! Victorian paintings may not be your ‘thing’ but you cannot deny that the Victorians knew how to tell a good story. They recognised the power of a narrative from the stories of Walter Scott to the poems of Tennyson. Amongst the Victorian artists it is possibly William Powell Frith who was… Continue reading Painting of the month
This is a project that is perfect for this time of the year and is always very popular with the early years and Key stage one. The level of adult support needed will depend very much on the age of the child/children and their cutting skills. You will need A paper plate cotton wool, enough… Continue reading Snowman on a plate!
Here’s a last-minute idea for a home-made Christmas card but it could be used for other celebrations; as one of my young students said she’s going to save it for her mother’s birthday. The candle effect is made with wax resist and the whole card will take you about 30 minutes to make including drying… Continue reading Season’s Greetings!
Seasons Greetings! Here are some of my favourite snow scenes. Hunters in the snow by Bruegel the elder 1563 Surely this painting is in everyone’s favourite snow paintings. The composition is flawless, we are there with the hunters surveying the wintry scene below. The ice-tone cool colours giving the feeling of relentless cold.The bending bodies… Continue reading Let it snow!