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Upper Prep showcase their artistic talents

Posted: 4th January 2024

Upper Prep has produced some fabulous art in the Autumn term, inspired by various topics and themes. From Tudor portraits to activist posters, from countryside landscapes to Blitz shelters, the students have demonstrated their creativity and skills in different media and techniques.

Year 4:

Year 4 have been exploring colour and pattern through their Tudor topic. They have used mono printing to create their own portraits, inspired by Tudor poses and patterns. They’ve also experimented with colour mixing and mark making to create modern outfits based on their Tudor knowledge, influenced by the textile designer Kaffe Fasset and the musical Six.

Year 5:

Linking their art to their class topic, Pride and Prejudice , Year 5 have learned illustrative skills associated with typography and adapted objects into lettering. They also used maps to create self portraits, inspired by their English book Race to the Frozen North and the artist Grayson Perry. After half term, they have worked in teams to create positive activist posters, using their knowledge of typography and reflecting on their English book and Black History month. They have also been inspired by the paintings of Sir Frank Bowling and Hurvin Anderson, and used colour mixing, printing, mark making and collaging to highlight messages that were important to them.

 Year 6:

Inspired by their topic Into the Wars, Year 6 explored complementary and analogous colour mixing and experimented with pattern and mark making to create rural landscapes, inspired by the artwork of David Hockney. They also analysed and discussed the value of Hockney’s artworks, linking to philosophy. After half term, they have focused on the Blitz, and used contour lines to create observational drawings of 3D forms, inspired by the artwork of Henry Moore. They then looked at mixed media life drawing in the setting of a London Underground shelter, and moved from 2D watercolour paintings to 3D claywork.


The Upper Prep children have shown great enthusiasm and talent in their art projects, and we are very proud of their achievements. What fabulous artists they have been!

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