Welcome to the Shirley Community Primary School Online Art Gallery!
Here we will be sharing work from our Shirley Community taking place both at home and in school. We hope that you enjoy seeing what we've been up to!
If you would like to share something in our art gallery then please do get in touch.
Art and Design subject leader
Art competition 2022
To mark the end of a successful term in their new classes, the children were asked to create an animal in the style of the artist they had been learning about in their art lessons. We were so impressed with the talent, effort and skill demonstrated across the school, a testament to how hard the children have worked in their art learning during the Autumn term. Mr Cattermole and myself looked at all the entries and picked our favourites - although it was not an easy task with so many brilliant entries! We hope the winning children feel proud that their artwork will be framed and displayed outside their classroom and that the runners up enjoy seeing their artwork displayed in the hall.
Well done and thank you to all the children who entered and a special thank you to the teachers for your hard work making the competition a huge success.
Children in Year 1 were asked to set their class animal against a dramatic sky inspired by their learning on JMW Turner whose work captured the emotions of different weather.
1st place – James.
2nd place – Cain.
3rd place – Alexander.
1st place – Sidra.
2nd place – Zosia.
3rd place – Izzabella
Children in Year 2 created their class animal using Impressionist style mark making and a limited colour palette. They used dots to build up their paintings and filled the background with pattern.
1st place – Arfa.
2nd place – Songha.
3rd place – Oliver.
1st place – Sameeha.
2nd place – Jessica.
3rd place – Bella.
Year 3 studied artist Rosa Bonheur whose love of animals inspired her to create detailed and realistic drawings of animals. They sketched in pencil and some added colour using pencil crayon to create their final pieces.
1st place – Emikhe.
2nd place – Eitan.
3rd place – Oliver.
1st place – Frank.
2nd place – Oliver.
3rd place – Joshua.
Wassily Kandinsky created abstract pieces using shapes, lines and other marks. Year 4 challenged themselves to use colours and shapes to represent their class animals.
1st place – Ahmed.
2nd place – Shahad.
3rd place – Thomas.
1st place – Maria.
2nd place – Freya.
3rd place – Abida.
Year 5 were inspired by Salvador Dali, whose surrealist paintings were based on dreams. They created surreal and dreamy landscapes for their class animals, adding unusual objects much like Dali would add to his paintings. They worked in paint and pencil.
1st place – Barbara.
2nd place – Vanessa.
3rd place – Swaley.
1st place – Saiha.
2nd place – Ethan.
3rd place – Teegan.
Year 6 used pastels to create their class animals in the style of Henri Matisse. They used bright and unusual colours to create bold pieces inspired by this very famous and versatile artist.
1st place – Andre.
2nd place – Jiahiu.
3rd place – Jazlyn.
1st place – Mitchell Dennard
2nd place – Orla.
3rd place – Kevin.
Pocket Adventures with Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination
Early in 2022, our EYFS children took part in an exciting project funded by the Talking Together team at Cambridgeshire County Council. Lead by artists, volunteers and Year 5 children - who had previously participated in another CCI project in 2021 - the children explored a local nature reserve and responded as artists to their surroundings.
They spent time there in all weathers, exploring the woodland, pathways and wildlife in Bramblefields, slowing down to listen and discover and imagine as they respond to the ever-changing space of nature…from an icy pond to the first snowdrops to slumbering slugs in the rain.
Inspired by their findings and experiences, CCI artist Sally Todd worked with the children’s ideas and artist Hilary Cox Condron to design a pocket sized set of five adventures. Despite the very heavy rain at the celebratory launch in late March, the woods were filled with families eager to explore this inspiring and beautiful ‘pocket of nature’ in the city. These cards are part of the 50 things to do before you’ve five app, a free resource to help parents develop their home learning environment. It shares a wide range of low-cost and no-cost local activities.
For more information on the project please visit: http://www.cambridgecandi.org.uk/projects/reimagine/events#new-pocket-adventure-cards
For more information about the 50 things app please visit: https://50thingstodo.org/
Here are some photographs from the project:
Our Class Animals - In school art competition June 2021
In April, we launched an art competition for all children in school to create an image of their class animals. Artists were chosen for each year group and the children had an opportunity to learn about their artist and were asked to create their pieces in that artist's style.
As this is the first year Shirley School have used animals to identify each of our class groups, we wanted to celebrate this by asking children to create an image based on their animal, and creating it in the style of the artist they had studied. There were some outstanding pictures and we have chosen winners from each class, who will have their work mounted in a special frame and put in corridors around school, as well as other wonderful entries being displayed in the school hall. Due to such unusual circumstances this year, this has taken a little longer than we expected, however, we hope that the children chosen feel proud that they leave their mark behind on what has been an extraordinary year!
Below are our winners from both classes in Years 1 to 6, who have had their work framed. Second and third places have also been chosen for each class.
We would like to say a big thank you and congratulations for all the hard work and effort put into this competition by all the children who entered, there was so much amazing work and it was tough to choose our winners, however these children have stood out not only for the quality of their piece but also the effort they have demonstrated in their art learning. We will be creating a display in the hall which will feature more of the work created.
Thank you also to EYFS who added their own pieces, which were created as a class.
Year 6 studied Matisse and Favism, where colours are bright and abstract and aren't representative of real life.
3rd place - Alyssa. We really loved the rainbow colours in this and the effort Alyssa has put into her artwork.
2nd place - Riley. Well done, Riley. This is a brilliant drawing of a rhino with lovely bright colours.
1st place - Mihran. We really loved the blues and purples in this dreamy image of a rhino. Congratuations Mihran!
3rd place - Jacob. This is an eye-catching piece from an interesting angle.
2nd place - Manon. The detail on this sea turtle is fantastic. Well done Manon!
1st place - Kristen. We thought that this image had great movement and detail and we loved the colours and 'unfinished' look adding a nice contrast in texture.
Year 5 studied Andy Warhol and recreated his famous blotted line technique using tracing paper and indian ink.
3rd place - Shruti. A really good example of the blotted line technique with lovely bright blocks of watercolour.
2nd place - Jemima. We really liked the detail of the habitat in Jemima's image. Well done!
1st place - Elena. Elena has repeated her print in alternative colours to really capture Warhol's trademark style.
3rd place - Reese. Reese has done a great job using the technique to create a realistic looking blue whale.
2nd place - Edward. Edward used a brush to create his lines and we think it's worked really well. This is a nice simple image with a good use of watercolour.
1st place - Elena. We loved the colours in this piece and think that the overall composition is very stong. Super work Elena!
As Year 4 have spent so much time developing their art skills this last few weeks, we wanted to celebrate this in their art competition entries. Therefore, instead of choosing them an artist, Year 4 used the techniques they have been learning to experiment with different media and express themselves as artists in different ways. There will be more to follow about the Year 4 art project so watch this space.
3rd place - Beau. Well done Beau, we really liked your bold image of an otter underwater.
2nd place - Zohar. Zohar has shown huge enthusiasm throughout the art project and this special mention is thoroughly deserved. We loved the use of different media to create this picture.
1st place - Leo's expressive and abstract style has been much admired by the artists during our project. Leo is confident when experimenting with mixed media and we love this composition which includes pastel, paint and collage. Congratulations Leo!
3rd place - Samuel. Samuel's expressive style stood out for us and we liked his use of squirrel photos.
2nd place - John. John showed good resilience in his session and created a lovely pastel drawing.
1st place - Lottie. Lottie's name has come up many times in our discussions with the artists on the project. She has shown such enthusiasm for her art work and has grown in confidence throughout the last few weeks and we felt this needed a special mention. Well done Lottie!
Year 3 looked at Rosa Bonheur, who was a French artist from the 1800s. Her love of animals led her to create very realistic paintings paying close attention to their anatomy.
3rd place - Matthew. Matthew showed such a positive attitude towards his learning in art, we felt he was a very deserved runner up. We really liked the colours of his fox's fur.
2nd place - Barbara. Barbara showed good resilience in her final painting session and put lots of effort into this colourful piece.
1st place - Siba. We loved Siba's study of a fox and we liked the detail she added to the fur. Superb work Siba!
3rd place - Tamin. We loved this realistic study of a badger. Well done Tamin!
2nd place - Henry. Well done Henry, we loved this composition. Henry loves his art lessons and shows good enthusiasm in his learning.
1st place - Erin. Erin's work stood out and she put a huge amount of effort in. The green eye of the badger is really eye catching.
Year 2 created their paintings in the style of William Blake who captured dream-like images using watercolours.
3rd place - Beth. We liked this study of a kingfisher showing it's bright colours.
2nd place - Elizabeth. The rainbow makes this piece very dream-like.
1st place - Leah-Mai. The diving kingfisher made this painting really unique.
3rd place - Shaked. Well done Shaked for creating this bold and colourful nightingale.
2nd place - Alfie. We really liked the colours and composition of this painting.
1st place - Julia. The rainbow, which represents the nightingales song, is a lovely addition to this painting. Congratulations Julia!
Year 1 used collage in the style of Henri Rousseau's jungle paintings to create their own bird habitats.
3rd place - Layla. We loved the swirly painting effect in this work.
2nd place - Elora. The green colours in Elora's painting are really striking.
1st place - Carys. Lots of effort has gone into the habitat in this one and the robin looks happy in the tree.
3rd place - Lorena. The bold shapes cut out of paper stood out in this picture.
2nd place - Joe. We really liked the use of greens and yellows in Joe's painting.
1st place - Sophia. The swift is hidden away in this image which makes it a really different. Well done Sophia!
Here are our super EYFS collaborative pieces. Dragonflies studied Mondrian to inspire their printing - fantastic work!