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20-7-20               Painted Pinwheels

Instructions for making Paper wheels:

1. Cut paper so that you have four 9″ X 6″ pieces (paper can be any size, but in sets of four and it needs to be a rectangle). Fold in half, widthwise.

2. Fold in half again, lengthwise.

3. Fold the halves in half, folding up to the middle.


4 + 5. Fold in half again, and then again, creating evenly sized accordion folds.

6. Now use the very first fold as a guide to fold the accordion in half. This gets tricky when the paper is thick, you may have to adjust the folds slightly. They might look a little off, but that’s ok. It won’t matter in the end.

7. This is what your accordion folds should look like.

8. Do this four times so that you have identical parts.


9. Spread glue on both inner folds. Wait for glue to dry, then press together.

10. Do this four times so that you have four fans.


11. Now use the same  technique for the outer folds. Put glue on all the sides and wait for it to dry.

12 + 13. Press all sides of the fans together, one by one.

14. When all four fans have been glue together to form a pinwheel, turn it over and just put some extra glue in the middle so that it doesn’t pop out.

15. Paint the pinwheel.


16. Punch a hole in the back to add string to display.

7-7-20                Michelle Reader

Michelle Reader lives in London, and works in her studio in Walthamstow.

She uses recycled materials and found objects to make sculptures.

Her sculptures look like real things (they are figurative) e.g. postman.


Look at some pictures of her sculptures below. 

What materials has she used to make these sculptures?

A - Junk mail Postman

B - Reindeer

C - Fish

D - flower (Agapanthus)

A- Junk mail postman 

This life-size sculpture of a postman is made from junk mail. Reader used 800 pieces of post to create the sculpture, to show how much paper is wasted on junk mail.

B - Reindeer

This reindeer is made from aluminium drink cans.

C - Fish

These fish are made from plastic bottles, pieces of plastic or other items made out of plastic that were found in the River Thames in London. This is plastic waste that is a danger to the fish when they eat it or get caught in it and become very ill. 

D - flower (Agapanthus)

In this sculpture, the artist used plastic bottles, a fishing rod, garden hose, patio umbrella stand and fruit bowls.

Art Activity

Your task is to make a Rubbish Monster out of recycled materials.

Here are some ideas for you.

You could make a Rubbish Monster out of cardboard tubes.

You could make a Rubbish Monster using boxes and foil.

You could make a Rubbish Monster using a sponge for the monster body  and add legs and arms or even tentacles.

Do not forget to take a photograph of your Rubbish Monster and send it in to me to put on our Home learning page.  Get making! 


When you have finished your Rubbish Monster try these activities:

1. Draw your monster doing something fun.

2. Use construction materials (e.g. lego) to build a home for your Rubbish Monster.

3. Write a short story about your monster. You could use the Monster Page Border paper from the link below. 


2-7-20                  Pop Art

Pop Art began in the 1950's and  is a style of art  based on simple, bold images of everyday items  painted in bright colours. 

Andy Warhol was a famous pop artist, below are some pictures of his work:


Your task it to produce a piece of Pop Art, in the style of Andy Warhol. 

You are going to use leaves to make your picture.

Here are some examples of the sort of pictures you could make.



  • Take a piece of paper and fold into squares or rectangles so that you can draw a leaf inside each shape. 
  • Colour each square/ rectangle on the piece of paper using different colours, or cut out coloured paper to put in each area.
  • You could draw your own leaf onto card ( cereal box) and then draw around the leaf stencil to produce your repeating pattern of leaves or you could paint a leaf and make a leaf print in a repeating pattern.  
  • Take a photo of your Pop Art and send in to me for our website.  I could make a PopArt Gallery of your pictures.

23-6-20            Design a monument

Read ‘Paris Adventure’ a story set in a city called Paris in France.

You could tell us what you think of this story in our Zoom session on Wednesday.

Class login - User: ncps       Password: MrsB

Search = Paris Adventure


In the story 'Paris Adventure',  Biff, Chip and Kipper were taken to the city of Paris where there was a competition taking place to design a monument . The winning idea would be built in the capital city of France, Paris. 

Imagine you were one of the competition entrants.

Can you design a monument?

What would it look like? What would it be made of and how big would it be?

Where would your monument be built? - Wickford / London or somewhere else.

Could it be a monument that might be placed in our school?

Draw a picture of your design and give as much detail as you can. 

You could make a model of your design too. 



17-6-20             Father's Day card

Design and make a card to give to your dad on Father's Day.

Here are a few ideas to spark your imagination.


10-6-20                  Sculpture

Task:Make your own sculpture in the style of Barbara Hepworth.  Watch the videos to get ideas for your sculpture and then make your own from a bar of soap.


You will need: cheap bars of white soap, pencil, scrapers and peelers – use teaspoons, potato peelers, scissors, a paperclip and similar objects


Lesson: Click on the link below to take part in the BBC Bitesize art lesson. Your first step will be to watch a  short film of artist Emma Majury giving an introduction to some of the basic techniques that can be used to make sculptures from dry materials. She makes lightweight fairy figures using pipe-cleaners and tissue paper. You can use many things to make a sculpture. In the second short film  presenter Karim Zeroual meets Lily Vanili, baker and master cake decorator, who shows us how to make cake sculptures out of fondant icing.

Now time to practise - follow the link below to see some of Barbara Hepworth's sculptures and see how you can make a scultpure of your own from a bar of soap. 

Do not forget to take a photograph of your finished sculpture.


Draw along with Bob Price

Pablo uses his magic crayons to turn his life challenges into fantastic adventures and his feelings into colourful characters with a voice. Take part in the BBC Bitesize lesson .

Make an insect from natural materials


We can find lots of natural materials in our gardens or when we go out for our walks. We can collect things like small twigs, leaves, petals and small stones.

Click on art palette below for instructions.

Make a portrait using natural or recycled materials

in the style of artist Jane Perkins

Click on artist palette below for an amazing project for you to do at home.

Make your own rubbings

You will need: paper, pencil or coloured pencil or wax crayons.

Click on palette below for details.

Blossom Tree

Download instructions below to make a blossom tree.

Rainbow to support the NHS and Key workers

Make a rainbow by colouring or collage with paper or fabric.

Create a butterfly

Create a butterfly bu using handprints.

Instructions  and body template can be downloaded below.

Queen's Birthday - Tuesday 21st April

Can you make a birthday card or poster for the Queen?

Send a picture to me and I can display on our webpage.

Draw with Rob  

Rob Biddulph is uploading draw along videos to his web page.

Select a video to watch and draw along with Rob.

Click on website link below.

Paper Plate Flowers

Take 4 paper plates and cut out different sized flower shapes.

Curl each petal around a marker or thick pen.

Then paint each flower on both sides of the paper plate.

Finally pile on top of each other and glue or staple them together.

Paper Twirlers

Click on  blue blob  below for instructions.

Easter Cards

Children to make some Easter cards to give to their family.

They could  make a pop up or lever card. See pictures below for some ideas.



Garden/home treasure hunt
Create a rainbow collage by collecting coloured materials from your garden or home.

Then take a photograph of your creation.


Sun print fabric

Take bits and pieces of nature to create gorgeous sun print fabric.

See link below for instructions.

Stone - pebble painting

Children to explore in the garden and collect pebbles / stones of different shapes and sizes.  Then paint them as characters, symbols, animals or just patterns.



Family Portraits

Children make a portrait collection of their family members.

Remember to draw your outline for the head with a pencil so you can make changes as you go along. Look at the picture below to help you to add the face features.

Tips on portrait drawing:

The eyes are actually in the centre of the face.

Your nose is twice the height of your lips.


Once you are happy with your drawing, colour or paint it.

Could you make a frame around your portrait?