Arbourthorne Community Primary School

Arbourthorne Community Primary School

'... a place of joy, inclusivity and learning' OfSTED 2022

Family Art and Friends


March 2024

It's Nesting Time!

It's the last day of Spring term, so making some nest artworks seems like a fitting seasonal end to the term. The nests have been made using fur,twigs, hessian, paper, string, and we have used twigs as paintbrushes to add scratchy ink marks and charcoal to draw smudgy eggs . We added speckles to our eggs in the form of dots and dashes.  It was especially exciting to squeeze the glue onto the paper directly from the tube. Sometimes we extend Family Art to other family members in the school; today we had sibling sisters Ava and Willow, both doing a terrific job.

March 2024

Witches Kitchens

In Drawing Club the children have been very excited about all the awful things that witches keep in their kitchens, so we continued with this theme in Family Art. What's in the Witch's Kitchen by Nick Sharratt is a super pop up book - the children love all the surprises folded away in the stories' pages. We made doors from cardboard, painted  them with shiny acrylic paints, then made concertina books that contained really horrible stuff for the witches to eat, or make spells out of.

Spring Daffodils.....made from paper, paint and lots of lovely shades of yellow.

February 2024

Spots and Dots

Y2 have been talking about the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama; famous for filling whole environments, including paintings, sculptures and outfits, in spots and dots. We made some spotty spring flowers, using collage and paint.

Merry Christmas from Family Art.... we're Iooking forward to more art adventures in 2024

December 2023

Its Gruffalo time again! Throughout this term, children in FS2 have been building on their mark making skills using line, crosshatching, flicks and smudging. You can see these techniques used to great effect in these charcoal Gruffalo drawings, made in collaboration with their parents.

November 2023


The children have been reading Cinderella in the classroom, talking about Ugly Sisters and imagining alternative types of transport to take Cinderalla home from the ball. In Family Art we built on these ideas by making little stage sets that open up like a book, displaying different characters, costumes, and props from the traditional tale.



October 2023


Today our families made fantastic kites using willow twigs, wool , tape and bin-liners. We used lightweight materials to enable the kite to fly, and decorated the tails with colourful paper rectangles. Now all we need is a big gust of wind!

Autumn Term 2023 - A big welcome to all our new Family Artists from FS2!

Observing 'Painted Lady' butterflies that have recently emerged from their cocoons and recreating scenes from The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. A lovely way to end the school year ......

June 2023

The School Garden

What a lovely time of year to take our sketchbooks outside. Lots is happening in our school garden, the poly-tunnel is super hot, but outside, where it is cooler we can look at plants closely and make observational drawings. We dissected the onion head, which Noah said smelt "100% onion" ! Today, I saw many parents take some time for themselves to enjoy drawing and painting in the sunshine, whilst the children played and watered the plants. When the grown ups make great work too , the children are so proud! 

May 2023


Today, in Family Art, we invited siblings, ranging from Year 1 to Year 6, to join in the session. Some siblings like to work together - some siblings don't! Today we revisited skills from a previous session, so that our foundation children could be the 'experts', and demonstrate to their older brothers and sisters the various making skills and attachment techniques  required to make these paper flower gardens, inspired by the spotty sculpture of Japanese artist, Kusama. .

April 2023

Yucky Worms

Foundation children are reading Yucky Worms, by Vivien French, and learning about the important jobs worms do in the soil. Worms eat organic waste, like dead leaves, and recycle the nutrients through their amazing poo, which keeps soil healthy and good for growing things. We focussed on printing in the first session, creating worm segments using chopped up sponges, and  worm casts (the poo) by coiling up a pipe-cleaner. We continue to build on our skills for attaching materials, as you can see from these wonderful models , threading foamy bits onto bendy wire, and using packaging shreds to represent the organic waste in the soil.

February 2022

Our Family Art community is expanding, with each child  now choosing  a friend to bring to the session, and work alongside themselves and their grown up. This week we have been drawing and designing suspension bridges, inspired  by the book Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty. After talking about how suspension bridges are constructed, the children made pencil drawings first then created collages using mixed media - next, we will build a bridge in 3 dimensions!