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Wednesday 15th July

Hello Y4 smiley

I hope you enjoyed making your superhero maquettes. Thank you to Eva and Aston for sending me photographs of their lovely work heart

Today I would like you to create a comic front ccover for your own superhero

I have included a PowerPoint to show you what features are found on the front covers of superhero comics to help you with the design of yours. They are not all designed the same. 

Look at the reasons for what they put on the front covers and decide which style you want to use for your own comic front cover. 

Use whatever medium you feel works best for you.

Comic Front Cover Designs

Wednesday 8th July

Moving on from our Viking gods and goddesses who were the original superheroes and influenced many comic characters, today we are looking at the comic strip superheroes.

I had never realised just how many there are!

I have included some of the amazing illustrations that have been drawn or painted over the years. I would like you to either draw/paint one of your choice OR design your own superhero! We will be doing that in English so illustrating your idea will be fun. 

We are not just going to just draw a picture though. We are going to make a maquette. If we were in school, we would use these to create our own puppet theatre to re-tell our stories.

A maquette is a figure that stands up on its own due to a supportive structure. A triangle is one of the strongest structures and therefore an excellent shape to use.


First, watch the PowerPoint to find out how to make a maquette.

You will need:






How To Make A Superhero Maquette

Wednesday 1st July

Today we are staying with our Viking Saga influence as I would like you to look at these illustrations of the two protagonists in this weeks story, Loki and Iduna. 

There are many, many different illustrations of the gods and goddesses from the Viking Sagas. Some are cartoon or comic-like in style, others are realsitic paintings whilst some are portrayed in the style of fantasy.

I would like you to think about which style you prefer and then create your own illustration of either Loki or Iduna. You can just illustrate the characters or put them in a setting such as the garden, or at  Thiassi's.

Think about the kind of media you are going to use before you start as this may influence your choice.

Illustrations of Iduna

Illustrations of Loki

Wednesday 24th June

Welcome to Wednesday everyone. smiley


As you know we are looking at Norse Myths (Viking Sagas) in English this week and today's art is linked to the story of Odin And His Thirst For Knowledge.


In Norse mythology, Odin is the god who rules all magic and guards the great well of wisdom and knowledge at the root of the World Tree, Yggdrasill, whose strength supports the entire universe. Odin sat at the edge of Mimir’s well that filled with water from the roots of the Tree of Life, known as Yggdrasill, watching over the Nine Norse Worlds. 


Yggdrasill reaches up with its branches to the spiritual realm of Asgard, which represents the higher self and the gods. The middle realm of the Tree is the world of Midgard, the world of the humans. The roots reach down to the underworld of tree dwarves and elves, the place of shadow. Yggdrasil is the strong axis around which the three planes of existence revolve.


The Tree of Life appears in many cultures and beliefs in history and around the world. Many artists have painted, modelled, sculptured, drawn and stitched their own beautiful versions of the it


The artist Gustav Klimt's composition is full of rich and opulent colours and has inspired many artists since he created it. 


I would like you to create your own Tree of Life.

You can use whatever media you want to, incluuding collage.

It can be based on the Nordic Tree of Life, Klimt's composition or be completely your own design.

It can be bright and colourful, black and white or you could use a limited palette.

Look at the examples of different artworks inspired by this tree for ideas.



Love from Mrs Afford heart


The Tree Of Life Gustav Klimt 1962

The Tree Of Life Artworks

The Nordic Mythology Tree Of Life

Wednesday 17th June

Happy Wednesday again Y4!


I do hope you have been enjoying all the art and craft I have been setting for you. I have received some amazing photographs of some of your work. It is fantastic to see all your creativity. laugh


This week we are going to look at Kandinsky in black and white. Although he is famous for his colourful compositions, he also worked in mono-tone.


Watch the PowerPoint and then have a go at your own black and white Kandinsky. You can use paint, pencil, pen, felt tips, crayons or charcoal. Whichever media you like best.


You can draw it freehand or draw around cyllindrical objects to create curves and circles. Use a ruler or something straight for sharp lines and make them different widths to add texture. Overlap some of your shapes and lines as Kandinsky did but not all of them. Some of his compositions are quite simple, whilst others are more complex.


I am looking forward, as always, to seeing your work. It really does brighten my day yes wink


Love from,

Mrs Afford heart



Kandinsky In black and White

Kandinsky In Monto-Tone


Wednesday 10th June

Hello everyone! It's Wednesday again laugh 


Did you enjoy creating your Kandinsky compositions? I have received a photograph from Eva showing me her work and hoping I'll receive some more heart


This week you'll be creating a Kandinsky composition again but in a different way. 

I will write out a list of instructions which you will follow. It will be interesting to see how similar or different the final pieces are even with the same instructions. All in structions will follow the same 2D shape theme.


I do hope you all enjoy this activity. I have created another Kandinsky PowerPoint to show you some more of his work. Having these images in your head will help when you are creating your artwork.


Enjoy! wink

Mrs Afford

Wednesday 3rd June 

Welcome back everyone!

What a lovely half-term we had; beautiful sunshine all week.


I know some of you will still be finishing your Viking longboats and/or shields, but for those of you who have finished, we are starting a new topic. The vikings have not gone away though! They will be evident in our English lessons too yessmiley

This half-term we will be looking at the work of Wassily Kandinsky; a Russian artist famous for his abstract work and geometrically influenced designs.


This topic links nicely with maths and shape. It is a lovely way to revise all those shapes you have learned!

As always, do send your art work to me at


Wassily Kandinsky - A Russian Abstract Artist

Harriet hard at work making her Viking Longboat

Here is Eva's Process so far; Making A Viking Longboat

Hello Again! wink


I have managed to 'cobble' together a version of the Paper Model Template of the Viking Longboat.

I did so by taking screen shots and cropping the images. They are not absolutely in line (pretty close though) but they should still work.

Do let me know if any of you try to make it from my efforts. laugh

** Viking Longboat Paper Model Template **


Unfortunately, the website says this document is too large for me to upload. surprise

I will continue to try to do so. frown

However, if you go onto the Twinkl website, you should be able to download it.

Fingers crossed!  smiley

Week 5 - Keep Building Your Viking Longboats

Hello Y4,


I do hope you are enjoying our Viking History topic and the Art & Craft activities I am setting for you.

I would much rather be making these in school with you all, but it is fantastic to see the amazing work you are doing at home.


I have re-posted the PowerPoint on designing your longship as well as the planning sheet and a guide to drawing a Viking Longboat.


I have also included a template that you can print, cut out and stick together to make a paper model of a Viking Longship.


Sometimes they are called Longships, other times they are called Longboats but they are the same thing - a long Viking boat!


Please do send me your work so I can post it on here for everyone else to see - and on the art page of course! wink Even when it is in the process, as that is just as important as the finished product. 


heart ** These I have posted are just the ones I have received so far. ** heart


Week 4 - Wednesday 13th May


Hello Everyone,


This week we are going to start our Art and DT Project- 'Designing your very own Viking Longship!'


First, you will need to think about the shape and size of your ship; the materials you want to use and how you are going to attach them together.


This needs to be planned. either draw your own ship and label it, or use the one provided and label that.


Do send in photos of your planning so I can see how your are getting along.

Next week you will start to construct your ship, so you will have this week to collect the materials you want to use.


Also look at the History PowerPoint (all about Viking Longships) to find out more information about these ships. they really were an excellent design!


Looking forward, as always, to hearing from you.

Love from Mrs Afford

Design Your Own Viking Longship!

Week 3 - Wednesday 6th May

This week we are looking at the different styles of Viking art. There are six different styles, each one building on the previous designs and techniques. They were very fond of including animals (these change as the time passes) and intricate swirls. 


I'd like you to design your own pattern based on the style you like the most.


The Vikings decorated so many of their things, not just their shields and clothing. In case you feel you'd need a template to start your design on, I have included some with the PowerPoint.



Hello everyone!


It would have taken two weeks for us all to make our shields in school so I am re-posting the PowerPoint for those of you that may not have seen in.

Hopefully, those who have started it will be able to finish their shields and send me pictures smiley


I have included a 'design a Viking shield' activity for those who are unable to make a shield or would like to create a more complicated drawing of a design. 


I hope to see one of both in their glorious technicolour very soon.


Remain home and stay safe everyone

Mrs Afford x

Welcome back everyone. wink


This half-term we will be studying The Vikings in History and Beowulf in English. I thought it would be great fun to create some Viking inspired Art and Design technology too.


This first week, I wantyou to investigate Viking shields; what they were made from and how they were decorated. Then I would like you to design your own shield. If we had been in school, we would be making the shields so it would be fab if you could make one too.


I will post pictures of Viking shield designs for you and some basicpatterns you can copy or use as a basis for yourown design.


Send me lots of photographs of your designs and shields please and I will post them.

How to make a Viking shield

Hello Y4,

I do hope you will enjoy these two Powerpoints that I have made for you. Once again there is so much I want to show you and add to them, that I have had to do so in two parts.

Part 1 tells you about Roger Dean, an amazing British artist who became famous for his fantasy art and illustrations of Album Covers (vynal records!).

His work was iconised by a poster company and they were to be found all over teenagers' bedroom walls during the 70s.

Part 2 deals with his other art work, mostly his series of fantasy floating islands.

I loved the film Avatar and I am sure most of you will have seen at least a trailer of the film. Many people believe that James Cameron got a lot of his visual stimulus from Roger Dean's earlier work. 

I have tried to show comparisons and would love to hear what you think. I have included a YouTube link in the PowerPoint for a clip from the film that shows the aspects of the designs I am referring to.

Although Cameron devised the idea of Avatar in the 1980s, long before he was able to make the film, it came a whole decade after Dean's work was published.

Please, please send me pictures of your fantasy creations.

Love from Mrs Afford

Carl Warner's work part 1

Carl Warner foodscapes part 2

Hello Year 4!

I hope you are ready to continue with your learning about Carl Warner and his amazing 'foodscape'?

I have included a PowerPoinbt that includes some information and examples of Carl's work that you have already seen. However, there are some new compositions and information on the artwork I would like to to create.

There is an artwork appreciation worksheet where you are going to compare two different pieces of his work. there are four altogether, so choose the one withyour two favourite examples on it.

In the PowerPoint, there are instructions for drawing your own detail of half of your chosen fruit or vegetable. 

You choose the media you would like to use.

Please do email me photographs of your compositions or you working on them and I will add them to our page so we can appreciate and share our work.

Please keep all your art work for me for our return.

I am looking forward to seeing what you have done.

Enjoy and experiment!

Mrs Afford