Potstop education

Nursery / Reception: All about Me

Creative Development – exploring a widening range of media and materials PSE Development – self confidence and self esteem.

Handprints and Fingerprints:
Print a handprint on a tile and see if they can see all the little lines that make them unique! Try scratch-art to write their name onto the tile.

Fingerprint pictures:
Its amazing what you can draw with fingerprints! Birds, bugs, bunnies… tell us what you’re after and we’ll find a way to create it!

Y1 QCA Art Unit 1a – Self Portrait

Make a self-portrait to communicate ideas about themselves. Paint a self-portrait onto a tile, either as a by-product of this unit or as the final piece. Keep them as individual tiles or mount them together as a class project – you could even make it a whole school mural!

Y2 QCA Art Unit 2b – Mother Nature, designer.

Explore colour, shape and texture in nature and use what they find to produce a pattern or a print for a tile. The world is your oyster! Make a leaf print on a tile or take inspiration from bark rubbings or sketches for patterns and colours.

Y3 QCA History Unit 6A – Romans

Link Art and History by painting some of our ready-made mosaic tiles – a great class display and take-home piece!

Y4 QCA Art Unit 4c – Journeys.

Explore how signs, symbols and metaphors can be used to communicate ideas and meanings about journeys. A unit often linked to Aboriginal art, try your hand at one of our beautiful dotted tiles.

Y5 QCA Art Unit 5a Objects and Meaning

Arrange and present objects in a still-life painting. They investigate the work of artists who have used the theme of still life in a variety of ways to convey ideas and feelings. Paint an object each from their still life drawings on a tile and display them all together as a class still life – ‘A few of our favourite things…’

Y6 QCA Art Unit 6c: A sense of place

Explore the rural and/or urban landscape as a starting point for two-dimensional work. They record their observations through drawing and photography. They use shape, form, space, colour, texture and pattern to develop and communicate their ideas in a painting. Use their observations to paint onto a tile – create a wall of different interpretations of the same view or paint two contrasting views each.

Or pick an artist for a project ‘in the style of…’

…William Morris, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Charles Rennie Macintosh all work well as tile studies – tell us your artist and we’ll plan a tile.