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Our Brilliant Art Work

Ryedene's curriculum for Art

Since 2012 we have had our very own professional Artist in Residence, Mrs Ingrid Anderson (BA Hons, First Class).

Ingrid teaches the art for our school across KS1 and KS2, developing skills in drawing and painting, printing, sculpture, collage and textiles. Each summer Ingrid organises an exhibition of the beautiful work the children create to showcase their achievements from across the year and organises master classes for those pupils with an identified talent in art and design. Ingrid is also leading us through Artsmark.

Having a professional artist working in school is a great inspiration to pupils to achieve amazing works of art smiley

Lockdown Learning

Summer term 2020 has proved a challenging time for everyone, but one thing is for sure, it hasn't affected our children's ability to create amazing art! Through guided online lessons with our Artist, Mrs Anderson, our incredibly talented pupils have powered through to create these beautiful pieces of art.

Year 5 - Kandinsky inspired water colours.

Year 1 - Pencil portraits of the Queen

Year 2 - Ted Harrison inspired oil pastel pictures

Year 2 - Under The Sea drawings and collage work

Year 1  - Autumn 2019 - Exploring how paint behaves

Using a variety of tools and objects including pieces of card, cotton buds, string and sticks, pupils moved colour around to make controlled shapes. They watched as colours merged into amazing patterns before their eys. It was so much fun!

Year 6 - Autumn 2019

Miro was the inspiration for these amazing designs! Pupils looked at lots of examples of Miro's artwork to create their own version. I think you'll agree they did an incredible job.

Welcome back for a brand new year at fabulous Ryedene!

It has been a packed summer, which kicked off with our Summer Exhibition here in school. Then our wonderfully creative children joined forces with children from Greensted Juniors to represent Basildon Council in the Basildon carnival and winning 'Best Float'! To top it all, members of our choir took part in the New Town Sounds event at St. Martin's Church, Basildon, to sing their hearts out - check out our choir page for photos, news and updates. Well done Children, we're so proud of you! wink

Artsmark update:

It's almost here!

The Basildon and Pitsea carnival will take place on Saturday 27th July and our year 4 pupils will be taking centre stage on their very own float celebrating Basildon's 70th Birthday.

All the children have worked so hard to create banners, costumes and bunting. They will be awash of colour on carnival day! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BASILDON!!!



Basildon Council press release:

Year 4 Painting - Responding to Indian Artist Jamini Roy

Our year 4 pupils have been working hard on their paintings ready for the exhibition in July. These photographs really don't do their amazing work justice.

The class have been studying artist Jamini Roy, looking at his his style, colours and designs. Pupils worked hard mixing all their colours using basic primary colours; red, blue and yellow. They used black to create shades and white to crate tints. I think you'll agree they have really developed their skills over the last year. Well done year 4. Here are just some photos of the pictures that are finished so far.

Year 1 - Painting like Vincent Van Gogh

Our wonderful year 1 pupils have been learning about the 19th century Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh. They looked at his painting 'Fifteen Sunflowers' and tried to create their own copy. I think we have some future artists on our hands! Have a look and see if you agree laugh

Artsmark is coming to Ryedene!

As a school we are about to embark on a fantastic creative journey. To help us achieve our goals we'd love to hear from any parents who have a specialist creative skill that they would like to share with us; designers, writers, poets, performers, dancers, singers and more! 

It's a very exciting journey and we can't wait to get started. Let's discover how we can show the world how wonderful life is at Ryedene!


The paper trees were made by twisting and curling tissue paper. The pupils drew their tree design into their sketchbooks, then carefully followed the design with the paper twists. The children then made additional branches to make their trees 3D. Finally they cut leaf shapes from green paper and stuck them onto the branches in clusters. Some of them even folded the paper leaves to make them stand out. I think you'll agree they have done an amazing job!

Year 5 have been studying aerial perspective. Take a look at just some of the incredible watercolour paintings they have done showing how landscapes become paler in the distance.

Year 4 have completed all their printing frown

Here are examples of how the pupils used the fabric in different ways to create a different print using the same print block. Some pupils scrunched the fabric, others folded it or creased it. I think you'll agree the results are amazing!

Year 4 Printing - The bags are complete! Our year 4 class used their printing blocks on a range of surfaces and used different techniques to create the print. Here are our bags all done and looking fabulous!

Observational drawing - more stunning work from our KS2 pupils

Year 3 - observational drawing from life.
Year 3 - turning the drawings into designs
Year 4 - 1st attempt, from life
Year 4 - 2nd attempt, from life - WOW!

Reception and year 1 have now started observational drawing as part of the Master Class project. Each KS1 pupil is supported by a gifted and talented pupil from years 5 or 6. Instructions are given as demonstrations only. The KS1 pupil follows the instructions to observe shape, size and detail to create a line drawing. Some even got as far as adding watercolour to their picture. This week they had orange tulips to draw. Here are just a few examples of work in progress - look in again next week to see more amazing work as it happens.

Year 1 pupil - 1st attempt
Year 1 - 2nd attempt with support
Year 6 demonstration drawing
Year 1 - 1st attempt
Year 1 - 2nd attempt with support
Year 6 demonstration drawing
Reception pupil - 1st attempt
Reception pupil - 2nd attempt with support
Year 5 demonstrations drawing
Reception pupil with support
Year 6 demonstration drawing
Reception pupil with support
Year 5 demonstration drawing

Reception and year 1 have joined Art Master class! How amazing are these!

The children used Brusho with water
They were encouraged to use their imaginations
They experimented with different marks
They made marks with water, then added the colour
They moved the colour using different brushes
And magic happened!

Year 5 have been working hard learning how to draw London landmarks. Here are examples of their fantastic work. Pupils used HB graphite pencils to draw the shapes and 2B graphite pencils to shade their drawings. I think you'll agree their drawings are very impressive. Well done year 5!

Year 4 - How AMAZING are year these block prints designed and created by our fantastic year 4 class. They are busy completing their prints onto tote bags, so check in again to see those amazing creations - coming soon!

Year 3 created these outstanding observational drawings of garden plants after studying the work of 18th century botanical artist Elizabeth Blackwell. Each pupil chose the plant they wanted to draw. The drawings were coloured using coloured pencils. I think you'll agree they did an incredible job!

Master Class - This term the master class pupils have been learning about the work of Vincent Van Gogh. Here are two examples of the amazing Van Gogh self-portraits they have created using poster paint, acrylic paint and black outliner.

YEAR 6 - Composition drawing - January 2019

Year 1 had lots of fun painting Barnaby Bear in cool colours using the technique of pointillism - January 2019

Year 1 are having a fabulous time making collages using all the colours of the seasons. Here are our pictures about summer - January 2019

Autumn 2018 - Year 5. Here are just a few examples of the fantastic Viking Longships the pupils have drawn.

Year 6 Amazing mixed media collage project based on the book Kensuke's Kingdom - Autumn 2018

Art exhibition July 2018

Year 6 WW2 Printing and Year 3 sewing and fabric painting - Spring 2018

Year 6 clay modelling 2018

Master Class in Action 2018

Year 3's Marvellous Mosaics - 2018

Year 4's Brilliantly colourful Chinese Art display - Spring term 2018

Year 6's Amazing Mixed Media Collage based on the book 'Kensuke's Kingdom' - Autumn 2017

Year 4's wonderful Egyptian Art - Autumn 2017