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October 23, 2017

Having recently visited the excellent Matisse exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts I was inspired to return to this wonderful artist for inspiration for our primary class. We spent quite a bit of time looking at examples of his work and also the pictures of the obje...

September 18, 2017

Yo ho me hearties! It's international talk like a pirate day this week so the perfect time for some pirate themed crafting. I love these transformed egg box treasure chests.

For those little pirates who would like to continue their pirate crafts at home here's how to ma...

July 28, 2017

The art work produced at the Matisse holiday class really was marvellous - I think Matisse would have been very impressed by the creations! We looked at Matisse's use of colour and pattern in his still life's and then got creating. We used acrylic paint on canvas for t...

July 5, 2017

Today the primary art explorers challenge was to create their own cartoon animal. I used a technique from Paula Briggs book Drawing Projects for Children. Instead of using prescribed shapes often taught when drawing cartoons the children created their cartoon by lookin...

July 5, 2017

Summers here so beach themed crafts are perfect. The pre school art explorers loved making these salt dough shell decorations. They started off by painting lots of shells of various sizes with gorgeous pearlised paints and of course a good smattering of glitter. Whilst...

June 28, 2017

I just love all the gorgeous flowers that have come into bloom over the past month. The pre school art explorers had great fun creating suncatchers with real petals and leaves. They enjoyed feeling the flowers different textures and sniffing the scents as well as their...

June 28, 2017

Monoprinting is very satisfying for children as they get quick and impressive results, if they don't like something they can simple roll more paint on and start again and by simply wiping the tray down can add new colours and start the process again. So if you fancy tr...

June 28, 2017

I've not been very good at updating the blog recently, (as facebook posts are quicker!). It's rather tricky to put all the fantastic arty things we've up to a pre school art explorers on here so I thought i'd share one of my recent favourites - life size self portraits...

April 21, 2017

This morning the pre school art explorers were invited to use vehicles to paint with which  proved a very popular activity-  some explorers choosing to do this for the whole 45 minute session!  It did involve a lot of mess, involved a lot of washing up afterwards (for...

March 29, 2017

The Easter bunny visited today and was very impressed with the gorgeous Easter wreaths and sun catchers the art explorers created. If you couldn't make today's class but fancy some Easter crafting, a few spots are available for Friday's class so hop along!

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