Everyone loves a good mystery and of all the paintings in the National Gallery this painting wins the prize as most mysterious. Acquiring the title of The Ambassadors and painted in 1533 by Hans Holbein the younger it is one of the most visited paintings in the collection. The portraits are of on the left… Continue reading It’s a mystery!
Let’s start with line. “Drawing is like taking a line for a walk.” Paul Klee Most of us are familiar with this quote, easy to say a little harder to put into practise. Line is however the starting point. The artist Maggie Hambling always starts her day with a warm-up of a pencil drawing. This… Continue reading The elements of drawing
This is Zurbaran’s depiction of St. Margaret of Antioch 1630-4 One has to look hard to discover the dragon in this painting. The dragon represents the devil who legend has it St. Margaret overcame. The focus is all on St. Margaret apart from the title of the painting one could be forgiven for not guessing… Continue reading Here be dragons!
Painting of the Month- Piero Della Fancesca’s The Baptism of Christ 1415/20-92 Sometimes only be sketching from a painting can you truly appreciate the dynamic of the composition and this is certainly the case with the perfectly poised painting of Peiro della Francesca’s the Baptism of Christ. As I sat there sketching at the National… Continue reading Perfectly posed and composed
The story so far… You may remember in a recent blog posting….Lead by example where I spoke about the need to always produce an example when working with young students. This image comes of course from Paul Klee’s Cat & Bird which I was introducing to my Year 2 students, that’s 6 rising 7 years… Continue reading The Cat’s whiskers.
Currently I am working in a small catholic primary school and I was asked by the R.E teacher to come up with a lesson plan reflecting the Lent diary leading up to Easter. The challenge for my Year 5 students was to firstly to enlarge the central image of the cross with the symbolic rising… Continue reading The journey from Lent to Easter
Tomorrow our thoughts turn to mothers everywhere and so I thought I would share with you a recent work that my Year 4 students have just completed as part of a theme based on how Spring is portrayed and celebrated around the world. Their challenge was to draw and colour a container of daffodils. We… Continue reading Happy Mothering Sunday