Meet the Artists

Block A - Painters

Meet some of the World’s most famous, influential and ground-breaking painters, sculptors, architects and designers. Be inspired by their work to create your own original compositions using their inspirations, styles and techniques to create your own pieces of art and design.

Meet Frida Kahlo, L. S. Lowry and Joan Miró, three world-class painters whose techniques and subject-matter will inspire and teach your children to create their own stunning artworks. Having learned about the lives and techniques of three very different artists, children will paint self-portraits, urban landscapes and abstract works under their influence.

Learn about the stages of making a painting, including developing your ideas, sketching compositions and figures, deciding what symbolism to include, and applying paint in a variety of ways (and not just with brushes!) to achieve different visual effects. You will cover Art & Design as well as PSHE objectives.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. 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: Frida Kahlo (I)

Explore the remarkable portraiture of Kahlo and identify how she reflects her own personality and feelings in her paintings. Bring your own ideas for a self-portrait together.

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02: Frida Kahlo (II)

Join a master class as you practise the techniques of portraiture and the types of brushstrokes used with oils and acrylics. Create your own self-reflecting, self-portrait masterpiece, using Kahlo’s style and technique as an influence.

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03: LS Lowry (I)

Explore the detailed paintings of Lowry and identify how society and emotion was reflected in his paintings. Identify the social interactions in your playground as you plan and sketch your own urban landscape. 

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04: LS Lowry (II)

Explore the techniques Lowry used as well as the limited colour palette he adopted to create his paintings, as you paint your own playground urban landscape using his style and technique as an influence.

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05: Joan Miró (I)

Discover the imaginative and wide-ranging work of Miró and explore the abstract nature of his painting. Identify the ways in which ideas and emotions can be represented in abstract art and experiment with some ideas of your own.

 There is a second session on Miró, as a sculptor, in Block B.