Famous for more than Five Minutes

Block C - Artists

Study people who have made significant contributions both nationally and internationally. Be inspired by their achievements and try some projects in the same areas of expertise such as art, music, leadership, science, mathematics and invention. Be inspired by these role models, to dream of what you might achieve in the future. Choose famous people from the following broad historical eras: Tudor and Renaissance times (T), Victorian and early Modern times (V), Early Twentieth Century (E) and Late Twentieth /Early Twentieth Century (L). Each block will allow you to explore one or two changes in aspects of everyday life.

Learn about the life, times and paintings of Van Gogh and L.S. Lowry and be inspired to create your own drawings and paintings in their styles. Generate questions to ask the artists; research their lives and replicate their works and styles. Consider the stories told by their works and become a critical artist in the process!

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Start to find out about the artist Vincent Van Gogh

Find out about the life and times of Van Gogh; generate questions you would like to have asked him.

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02: Paint pictures of sunflowers in the style of Van Gogh

Learn about the paintings of Van Gogh and create your own sunflower picture using oil pastels and wash.

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03: Paint a picture inspired by Van Gogh's The Starry Night

Find out more about the life of Van Gogh; study his painting The Starry Night and make your own starry night picture using oil pastels and paint.

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04: Finding out about the artist L.S. Lowry

Find out about the artist L.S. Lowry and his paintings of industrial landscapes; draw your own pictures of rural and industrial landscapes and buildings.

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05: Compare Lowry's times with our own and paint figures in his style

Study the stories told in Lowry’s paintings and paint figures in the style of Lowry.

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06: Discuss the contributions of Lowry and Van Gogh

Consider the contrast in the environment and times of Van Gogh and Lowry; produce artwork inspired by Lowry; finally reflect on the work of these two artists and decide which paintings you like best and why.