Key Stage 2 - Art

Anthony Luvera, (2011) © National Portrait Gallery
Anthony Luvera, (2011)
© National Portrait Gallery

Years 3 to 6

Free art sessions for Key Stage 2 pupils enhance skills, knowledge and understanding of art by interacting with portraits through observation, discussion and hands-on art activities. We also provide free CPD for teachers

Pupils will gain more from their Gallery visit if it is integrated into a sequence of portraiture-based work in school, including pre and post-visit activities such as drawing portraits, working from a live model to gain confidence translating ideas to a two-dimensional surface.  

Sessions are free and all art materials are provided. Sessions can take place whenever the necessary rooms and staff are available.


Who am I?

Pupils look for clues in portraits about the sitter’s job and identity, particularly focusing on clothes and pose.  Chances to dress up and pose are followed by artwork based on colourful Regency portraits.

  • Recommended for Years 3 and 4
  • 90 minutes
  • One class, maximum 30 pupils
  • Follow-up webquest: KS2 Art Portrait Prize

Anthony Luvera, (2011) © National Portrait Gallery
Anthony Luvera, (2011)
© National Portrait Gallery

Getting the Message

Examine how a portrait by Reynolds, Gainsborough and their contemporaries can convey messages about the sitter through clothing, pose, composition and objects in the painting, and select one work to draw using pastels.

 

 

 


Anthony Luvera, (2011) © National Portrait Gallery
Gisela Torres, (2009)
© National Portrait Gallery

Styles of Contemporary Painting

Through working in the style of a contemporary portrait of their choice, pupils will become aware of the wide range of different methods and techniques used by artists in the later twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. They are also encouraged to express their preferences about different styles of portrait painting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Faces of Elizabeth I

Following a discussion about the Elizabethan idea of beauty, pupils draw Queen Elizabeth I using the Tudor method of copying portraits called ‘pouncing’, and complete their portrait in colour. Spring and Summer Terms 2014 only; not available in the Autumn Term 2013