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Chinese Landscapes  Art and Design Autumn 1 2017

In Art and Design lessons this Autumn, we have studied the techniques used with watercolour paint, as part of the Y6 Literacy topic on The Willow Pattern story. Initially, we studied the features which make up traditional Chinese landscape paintings, such as pagodas, cherry blossom trees, water and mountain ranges, creating many annotated sketches.  We then experimented with watercolour paint techniques, such as wet-on-wet (adding clear water to the paper and then brushing over with thin washes of paint), background washes using thick brushes, and building-up thin layers of paint.  The most popular technique was definitely splattering paint with a toothbrush!  We had to use a limited colour palette, inspired by The Willow Pattern design and our final paintings were excellent!

Year 6 then edited their paintings to add finishing touches, using charcoal, white pencil and soft pastel! What a fabulous gallery!

Urban Landscapes of Shanghai's Skyline

Year 6 have explored Urban Landscapes, inspired by the paintings of Henderson Cisz and the focus has been on the skyline of Shanghai. Just take a look at the fabulous Oriental Pearl TV Tower!  We have attempted to adapt and refine some of the skills we learned with watercolour paints and perspective, but this time using soft pastels.

Examples of Shanghai Skyline pastel pictures in the school's Art Gallery