A wonderful day of art inspired by Paul Nash and led by Kate Hancock.

Paul Nash (11 May 1889 – 11 July 1946) was a British surrealist painter and war artist. Nash was among the most important landscape artists of the first half of the twentieth century. He played a key role in the development of Modernism in English art.

Kate showed the children some of Nash’s most important WW1 and WW2 paintings, The Menin Road and Totes Meer (Dead Sea) and encouraged them to think about the imagery and techniques used to create them.

The children explored the differences between the various HB pencils by drawing a variety of lines. This work formed the basis of their landscape drawing followed by the application of watercolour – using broad washes first followed by intricate detail using fine brushes. Then, using a variety of WW2 artefacts and prompt-photos the children drew a key object (gas mask, helmet, parachute), painted it, cut it out and pasted it onto the main watercolour. You can see some of the brilliant effects in the art gallery below soon.

The afternoon session focused on silhouette work. The children drew a variety of WW2 aircraft shapes and arranged them on white card. Then, selecting strips of coloured cellophane these were transferred to laminating pouches. Once laminated, the translucent art works were held against the classroom windows. Wow!

Fantastic work Year 5. Well done! And a big thanks to Kate for an inspiring day!



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