Weekly Projects Overview – Little Plumstead gets arty!

Each week a new project linked to the whole school topic will be posted on to this section of the website. This will be an opportunity to participate in a project accessible to all ages, which can be completed by children who are at home or in school.

Photos of completed creations will be posted on to the website for everyone to enjoy. If you complete the project at home, you are welcome to send a photo of your art work to Miss Norman by email yearr@littleplumstead.norfolk.sch.uk

Please email the photo by the end of that week. Photos must not include faces for data protection reasons. The ‘Little Plumstead Art Gallery’ will also be included on the weekly newsletter.

We hope you enjoy being creative!

This is an optional project that you can try at home which links to the ‘Seas and Oceans’ learning that your teacher will have set for you.

You will need glue, scissors and coloured paper if you have any. If you don’t, you could paint or colour in plain paper before you have a go at your paper art.

The project is based on the work of French paper artist and illustrator Marine Coutroutsios. This link will show you examples of Marine’s paper art:


The artist uses different folding techniques, overlaps and cuts the paper to create a representation of water.

How will you create an ocean using only paper…?

If you are trying this at home, don’t forget to email a picture of your art work to Miss Norman at yearr@littleplumstead.norfolk.sch.uk to be included in the Little Plumstead Art Gallery!

This week’s art project is based on the artist Julia Tanner. She uses lots of bright colours to create landscapes, seascapes and sporting scenes.Here is the link to the artist’s website if you would like to find out more about Julia, including a gallery of all paintings:


As we are continuing with the Seas and Oceans topic this week, I have picked out some seascapes for examples. If you find the landscape or sport paintings more inspiring, then go for it!

Julia uses a variety of paints and techniques. Have a look at some of her artwork below. What could you use to create a similar effect with paint?

Once you have painted the sea, you could use cotton buds or balls, bottle tops or even your fingers to create a similar abstract effect with paint to add extra details…

Will the sea shimmer? Are there any bushy palm trees? Will it be a shingle beach or a sandy beach?

These questions will hopefully help you to think about how you can use Julia’s style of painting to create texture.

If you would prefer, you could even paint the water then create an underwater scene with Julia’s abstract techniques to create coral and underwater creatures…

There are also photos in the album below of seascapes to inspire your ideas!

Hope you enjoy it!

Please send your painting to Miss Norman by email to yearr@littleplumstead.norfolk.sch.uk by Friday 19th June.

To allow everyone time to get into the swing of our art projects, if you have not yet sent in a photo of your paper art you are still very welcome to do so. Little Plumstead Art Gallery will be updated with art work from the project on Friday 12th June. Thank you!

African fabric prints

This week our art project is based on African art, with a focus on patterns and prints.

African culture varies between countries and within each country. The diverse culture of each ethnic group centres upon family and can be found in each group’s art, music and oral literature.

The geometric patterns created by the bright colours often represent common ideas and personal beliefs. The colours are of particular significance as they provide meaning to the pattern. For example, green could symbolise happiness.

Before you have a go at making your own pattern, have a think about what different colours mean to you. How do they make you feel? Do you have any favourite colours?

You might want to decide on an emotion for each colour to help you chose which colours to use for your pattern. You could think about themes such as happiness, hope, faith, love and sadness. Have a look at the colour wheel to help you decide on your themes if you are unsure.

There are lots of ways that you could create your pattern and the choice is yours! You might want to use a ruler and pens or pencils, paints, stamps or even create your patterns digitally.

Have a look at some of the examples of African patterns to inspire you.

Please send in your creations to Miss Norman by email yearr@littleplumstead.norfolk.sch.uk  to be added to Little Plumstead Art Gallery by Friday 26th June.

   As part of our ‘Challenging Perceptions’ topic, this week the project is to design your very own World Flag.

Each country from around the world has a flag with a variety of bright colours and a unique design. Many feature symbols, stripes and shapes which represent the country.

For example, the UK flag features three colours. The flag includes a red cross of Saint George (patron saint of England), covered by the Cross of St Patrick (patron saint of Ireland), then the Saltire of Saint Andrew (patron saint of Scotland) to symbolise the unity of the United Kingdom.

First of all, have a think about what we all share or hope for- no matter where we live or who we are.

What can unite the world?

How can your flag celebrate cultural diversity?

You might want to consider themes such as love, kindness, peace, faith, nature or equality.

What colours or symbols could represent your themes on the flag?

In the pictures, you will find a variety of images from the internet which will inspire your ideas for your World Flag.

You could create your flag digitally, or use paint, pencils or coloured paper. The choice is yours!

If you would like to have your flag included in the Gallery, please send a photo to Miss Norman yearr@littleplumstead.norfolk.sch.uk

It would be super to also find out about the themes and ideas that went into your flag design. If you are happy to do so, please also send a short explanation with your photo and it will be included with the flag in the Gallery for everybody to enjoy.

Sketching project

   Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian artist during the Renaissance period. He is among the most influential artists in history, having contributed to many disciplines such as science, invention, painting, anatomy, architecture, engineering and botany to name just a few!

Watch the short video below to find out more about Leonardo da Vinci:


Da Vinci was fascinated by the way of the world and the nature around him. This led him to become an incredible inventor living in a time where the technology did not yet exist. Many believe that inventors in our modern era must understand the mathematical and scientific design of nature in order to innovate…

For example, Da Vinci was particularly interested in flight and determined to design a way for humans to travel by air. Aeroplanes did not exist when he was alive! He then studied the flight of a variety of birds to inform his inventions for flight.

He also studied how trees and plants grow and looked at their scientific structure. Da Vinci wrote in his notebook that “all the branches of a tree at every stage of its height when put together are equal in thickness to the trunk.” So, if a tree’s branches were folded up to the sky and squeezed together, the tree would look like one large trunk with the same thickness from the top of the branches to the bottom of the trunk!

Leonardo often sketched his inventions and ideas with a pen or pencil. Your project for this week is to have a go at drawing natural objects from still life or a photograph. You might want to pick a certain tree, leaf, flower, animal or bird to draw. You could even have a go at drawing a hand or foot.

Can you use the pencil to create shadow and texture? Once you have completed your drawing you could label the structure of your natural object like Da Vinci.

Here is a time lapse video of drawing a rose from still life if you’re a bit unsure of sketching. Notice how they start off with a faint outline first, then build in the shading afterwards.


Next week’s project will be about inventing something after having studied your natural object. So, carefully think about what you would like to explore to inspire your invention!

I hope you enjoy this project!

Don’t forget to send photos of your art work to Miss Norman by email to yearr@littleplumstead.norfolk.sch.uk to be included in the Little Plumstead Art Gallery.

Invention based on natural objects

Leonardo da Vinci is among the most influential artists in history, having contributed to many disciplines such as science, invention, painting, anatomy, architecture, engineering and botany to name just a few!

Last week’s project was to draw a natural object from still life or a photograph. This week’s project is to invent something based on the inspirations from your object. For example, Da Vinci was determined to design a way for people to travel by air. He studied the flight of a variety of birds to inform his inventions for flight.

Here are a few ideas that might help you decide on an invention. If you have already found your inspiration then go for it- there is no right or wrong invention based on your object! Just remember… nature is full of amazing ideas and designs!


If you picked an animal, have a think about its characteristics.

Has it got four legs to keep it stable?

Has it got webbed feet to help it swim?

Has it got wings to help it fly?

If it is a bird, has it got a streamlined beak?

Think about towers, tables, stability, boats, swimming, bullet trains, cars, planes, jets, parachutes.


If you picked a plant, tree or leaf, you could think about shape.

Does it have a thick trunk to keep it strong?

Has it got deep roots to find water?

Many leaves are flat to harness sunlight. Could you use the sunlight to power your invention too?

Think about water, strength, solar power, electricity, tall stable structures.

Pine cones

If you had a go at a pine cone, think about the protection they provide.

Pine cones protect seeds during the winter by closing their scales tightly. Could your design keep something warm and protected?

Think about warmth, protection, weather, growth.

If you drew an object but have been inspired to invent something based on a different object, that’s fine! You may have even been inspired by more than one natural object. You could make your inventive design as creative or practical as you like. Perhaps you could use recycled materials, paper, junk modelling or cardboard.

Send pictures of your fascinating designs and/or inventions to Miss Norman to yearr@littleplumstead.norfolk.sch.uk

It would be super to see some labels on your design to show your thinking just like Da Vinci. You could also send a short explanation of your invention for everyone to enjoy in the Art Gallery.

Have fun!

This is our third art gallery of our African print art from children at home and at school.

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This is our Gallery of World Flags. We considered themes such as love, equality, peace and happiness to represent and unite the world. Can you recognise the different themes in each flag?

Here are a few descriptions of the inspirations and themes some children have shared:

George, Year 4

My flag has a rainbow on it because everyone is welcome in our world. I’ve done plants because we need to look after nature. I’ve done a bear because we need to care and look after animals.

Noah, Year 1

I used a seven sided shape for the 7 continents. I drew a heart for love and a hand for kindness. A paw and shark for land and sea animals. Green leaves for nature. A tornado and sun for weather. Waves for ocean and mountains for land. 

Thomas, Year 2

I made the world as a sun and printed off all of the flags to make the rays of the sun, to make everyone equal.

Charlotte, Year R

My flag has a heart for love. The star is like all of the stars in the sky that we can see. I have done the peace sign for everyone.

Finley, Year 2

My inspiration is love (thinking about my younger sister) and the colours represent love, kindness, the land and sea. 

Henry, Year 3

On my flag I have put flags from different countries and different symbols from religions to show lots of people of the world.

Isaac, Year R

My flag is about all the people who are friends in the world. They all want to be friends because it doesn’t matter if you are different from other people. It is about looking after nature and all of the animals too. 

Emily, Year 2

I put in a rainbow and that stands for happiness. I put two kids smiling at each other in front of the world showing how to be kind. I’ve got a blue background because that’s the sky. I chose a rainbow because it is light and colourful and I thought that goes with kindness. 

Ella, Year R

I have done the planet with all the people on it holding hands and a heart for love.

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Here is fourth gallery showing our lovely still life sketching Gallery based on the inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci. You will also find some inventions based on a natural object in here too!

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This is our first weekly project gallery. Here you will find a selection of paper artwork based on the French artist Marine Coutroitsios created by children in school and at home.

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Here is the art work from the second project based on the artist Julia Tanner from children at home and in school.

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