19 October 2009Add to My Folder
Capture the season through art using three different pictures as creative stimuli
Take a look at some of our other winter-themed articles and activities from the archive:
‘I am Winter, King of Seasons:’ celebrate the wonder of winter and explore personification at its best with an enchanting poem
Winter: Use this beautiful poem – which depicts the sights and sounds of winter – to inspire your class to take inspiration from this season for their poetry writing
Music and PE: Wake up to the benefits of singing and help warm up your class during the winter months
As children progress through Key Stage 2, their artworks begin to include a wider range of detail. These might be details that provide more information about the people or places represented in their work, or about a particular event or activity – but they can also be details that evoke a particular time of year. Representing the changing seasons in their artwork is something that children often do instinctively, perhaps by drawing a few blobs of snow across the page or painting a blazing Sun in the top corner. With a little reflection, however, seasonal changes can be depicted a little more subtly and creatively.
As part of the creative topic, you’ll find a set of images selected to evoke different aspects of winter, each of which can be used to inspire some artwork from your class. I’ve chosen a peaceful rural scene by the 19th Century Scottish painter, Joseph Farquharson, to focus children’s attention on subtle use of colour; an imposing landscape by the 19th Century German artist, Caspar David Friedrich, that will prompt children to explore their use of line and tone, and finally a contemporary design that will form the starting point for experiments in ICT. All the images are available as posters.