Getting Arty in Autumn 2020

In reception the children have been exploring creating different textures, combining media to create new effects and constructing all through experimenting with colour and mixed materials to create lots of beautiful artwork.

Year 1 have been learning about animals and chose their favourite animal to paint. They researched the different parts of the body of animals and used their drawing skills to try to recreate an image of their favourite animal that they then painted.

In year 2, The children studied the artist Van gogh to inspire their work and looked carefully at the piece ‘Starry night’. They sketched their picture before painting thinking about making shades of colour and including dark and light tones. They have also looked at making watercolour painting and learning this new skill.

Amazing Art Display – Autumn 2020

The children at Toftwood Junior School have made a great start again with their Art.

Year 3 have been studying the artist Antoni Gaudi. The children have looked at lots of examples of his artwork and have created their own artwork in the style of Gaudi by making repeated patterns. The children then learnt how to draw on a polystyrene tile using various tools. Finally, they painted the tile to create a repeating pattern. The finished designs look delightful!

Year 4 combined Art and Design Technology for their first project. After looking at lots of images of Roman mosaics and learning all about them, the children began working on their designs. The children then selected their final design and added labels describing how they could adapt and improve their idea. They then started the huge task of creating their design out of tiny pieces of paper called tesserae, which the children had to cut, remembering to leave small gaps in between. The finished mosaics look amazing Year 4. These mosaics have been added to the top of a cake stand, which the children have made as part of D.T.

Year 5 started the new term by using a range of pencil grades to demonstrate basic drawing techniques. This then progressed to drawing cubes and spheres and experimenting with lighter and darker shading techniques, first with pencils and then oil pastels. The final stage was for the children to create a sunset using watercolours to make a background before a collage of Stonehenge was added. The results look amazing, the contrast between the stones and the sunset are brilliant. Well done Year 5.

Year 6 have started the new school year by designing Greek mythical creatures. Their designs included detailed labels that explained how they would create the features out of clay. As you can see from the photographs, their finished clay creatures look fantastic.

Christmas Wreath Festival

Recently, Toftwood Federation were invited to take part in the Christmas Wreath Festival organised by Dereham Baptist Church. Many children took part by designing and decorating a handprint. There were so many different ways in which they had been decorated from a collaged Christmas dinner to a furry Father Christmas!

The wreaths from our Federation will be displayed in Blaines Electrical shop and William H Brown Estate Agents. The trail is due to begin on December 3rd so why not try to spot our wreaths and see how many other wreaths you can find around Dereham?

A big thank you to everyone who created a handprint, the wreaths look amazing!

Amazing Art Display Autumn Term

This term, Year 3 incorporated their Artwork into their Egyptian topic. To start, the children moulded clay to form a cartouche shape (an ornate frame around a design or inscription). Then they built on the previous skill of learning to write their name in hieroglyphics, to imprint them onto the cartouche. To finish the project, the children painted their designs and used gold paint to create a wow factor!

Year 4 have been busy this term creating mosaics as part of their History topic on the Romans. Making these required careful planning and provided a great opportunity to develop and improve cutting skills. Once created, the mosaics were incorporated into the design and technology project currently being worked on, and were used as the decoration on top of a cake stand.

 At the start of the term, Year 5 enjoyed developing their use of using watercolours. The children started by learning how to mix lighter and darker shades. This developed further, to mixing and blending watercolours to create a beautiful sunset. The effect and the colours chosen were amazing, well done Year 5. In the second half of the term, Year 5, alongside all other classes in the Federation, created Artwork for Dereham Windmill. The children created striking pictures using pearl coloured paints and strong lines.

Year 6 have been working on an exciting project this term entitled People in Action. It has given children an opportunity to develop their drawing skills through using ovals to draw figures. This progressed further, when the children had the opportunity to sketch a realistic moving figure using the skills they had previously learnt. By evaluating their work, the children could reflect on what worked well and could consider how their work could be improved in the future. This led to the children creating a moving figure sculpture out of aluminium foil. The results are impressive! Congratulations to all the children who have had their work chosen for the display board, you have produced some amazing work this term.

A Summer of Art at Toftwood Infant School

This term there has been lots of art happening at Toftwood!

Reception have been continuing to explore art through their play. They have been practising their drawing, painting, making, joining different materials and continuing to explore paint mixing.

In Year One the children have been busy exploring different mediums of art inside and outside the classroom. The have been using nature to create artwork and worked collaboratively in their classes to create one piece of artwork together. They had a large image cut into sections and with a partner had to recreate their section on a larger scale. When all the sections were put together they had created a enlarged version of one picture as a whole class. Mrs Ponder’s class artwork is displayed on the hall board and the children are very proud to have it displayed here!

The Year Two children have been busy getting ready for Toftwood Tate. They made invitations, posters and tickets as well as completing the art work to be displayed. Toftwood Tate was a fantastic exhibition, all the children should be very proud of themselves! See more on the Special events page. A special guests comment book has been kept in school to keep the very positive feedback received.