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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

22nd June - 26th June

Ocean Art


Task 1: Evaluate Ocean Art


This week, your learning is based around the work of a famous artist called JMW TurnerHave a look at the information and pictures below to learn more about him and the art he created!

• Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) was an English painter, printmaker and watercolourist. 


• He is known as the ‘artist of the sea’ as he painted imaginative landscapes, often featuring turbulent ocean scenes.


• He used extreme contrasts of intense light and dark clouds, dramatic shapes, and energetic brushstrokes.


• He left behind more than 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolours, and 30,000 works on paper.

Pick two pieces of art that you like from the images above. Think about these questions. You can write down your answers or talk to someone in your family about them.


- What colours and shapes can you see?

- What materials do you think have been used?

- What do you notice about the brushstrokes?

- Do you think it's daytime or nighttime in the painting?

- What do you think you would be able to hear and smell if you were in the painting?

- How does it make you feel?

- What do you like and dislike about it?

Task 2: Experiment with Materials 


There are lots of ways that artists can represent flowing water in their artwork, using many different materials.


Think about the materials that you have around you. That could even be junk materials (like old cereal boxes, strips of magazines and newspapers and old wool or fabric) or natural materials from the outdoors (like rocks, sand, earth and grass). 


Have a go at experimenting with a few different materials to create images of flowing water. Can you create different colours? What about shading? 


Task 3: Create a Seascape


Now it's time to create your JMW Turner inspired seascape!


Choose your favourite material out of the ones you experimented with (or perhaps a few) to build a larger creation.


Think carefully about the questions you looked at in Task 1 and how you want your audience to react when they see it. 


Be creative and have fun!