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Introductory sketching

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
  • Subjects: Art and design, English, History
  • Session type: Gallery led
  • Duration: 60 minutes minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: Lady Lever Art Gallery
  • Free

Summary

This session provides a unique opportunity for pupils to develop drawing skills while inspired by the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections.

The session can be booked Monday to Friday at 10.15am, 11.30am and 1.15pm.

Further details

This session begins with a brief introduction to William Hesketh Lever, the Gallery and Port Sunlight village using historical images and soap.  For pupils who have never visited an art gallery before there is discussion about what they expect to see during their visit and an opportunity to ask questions. 

A range of artworks are introduced and pupils are encouraged to say what they see, feel and think about the paintings, sculptures and their surroundings.  Pupils interact with the artworks through a series of drawing tasks which begin as warm up exercises.  These encourage pupils to observe, experiment, and develop their drawing skills.

As the session progresses the drawing tasks become more in-depth allowing pupils to expand their own creativity, make first-hand observational drawings and develop ideas.  Pupils are encouraged and supported with their drawing by the member of staff leading the session.  All work produced during the session can be taken back to school and added to sketch books.

Curriculum links

Key stage 1 - Art and design

  • use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • develop art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
  • learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.

Key stage 1 - History

  • significant historical events, people and places in their locality.

Key stage 1 and 2 - English

  • listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.
  • ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.
  • articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions.
  • maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments.

Key stage 2 - Art and design

  • improve their mastery of art and design techniques including drawing and painting with a range of materials. • about great artists in history.

Key stage 2 - History

  • a local history study.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  • gain knowledge and understanding of the roles of artists and their working practices.
  • gain knowledge and understanding of the visual elements of line, form, pattern and shape. 

Skills development

  • develop an awareness of different kinds of art.
  • develop artistic technique
  • develop observation skills by creating first-hand observational drawings.

Concepts

Pupils will be introduced to:

  • The role of an artist.
  • That paintings are produced by an artists by hand.
  • That artists use a variety of skills.
  • That art is subjective and that we can all have different responses to it
  • The role of a national gallery like the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Attitudes

Pupils will:

  • realise there are lots of different ways to draw.
  • be inspired to record what they see around them.
  • be inspired to look at paintings and visit art galleries.
  • be confident at interpreting paintings for themselves.
  • see the Lady Lever Art Gallery as an enjoyable and creative place to visit.