12 November 2021

Friday 12 November 2021

Our Talk Time has a vocabulary focus this week.

Thinking about the new topic vocabulary, I can begin to use these words at home.

We’re all being artists this half term. Along the way, we’ll gain knowledge of famous artists and their work. We’ll also learn and develop a range of skills to improve our own art. The following list of vocabulary is being taught and applied in our art lesson at school:

Years 1 and 2 Art vocabulary:

graphite Mixed with clay, graphite forms the ‘lead’ in a pencil
HB Referring to pencils, HB stands for ‘hard black’ – a medium hard pencil
H and B H stands for ‘hard’ and B stands for ‘black. B pencils are soft.
primary colours three colours (red, yellow, blue) that can’t be made by mixing other colours, but can make other colours
secondary colours three colours (orange, green, purple) that are made when two primary colours are mixed using paint
pattern arrangements of things such as colour, shapes and lines that repeat in a logical way
texture how something feels, like smooth or rough
shape a two-dimensional area which may be created using lines or colour
tone how light or dark a colour is

Years 3 and 4 Art vocabulary:

complementary colours colours that are opposite on the colour wheel (roughly, a primary and a secondary colour can be paired up like this)
warm and cold colours Warm colours represent roughly one half of the colour wheel (like red, orange, yellow) and usually represent heat and emotions like anger and excitement. Cool colours roughly represent the other half of the colour wheel (like blue, green, purple) and usually represent cold things and emotions like calm and sadness.
form Often used to talk about sculpture or the human body, form is the physical aspects or the shape of the artwork or parts of the artwork.
space usually used to describe areas or parts of an artwork where there are large blocks of colour or ‘gaps’
medium the type of art (eg painting, sculpture, printmaking), or the materials an artwork is made from (plural: media)
collage the technique and the resulting artwork where things like pieces of paper, photographs and fabric are arranged and attached to a surface
mixed media artworks created from a combination of different media or materials
abstract art a type of modern art that is not an accurate depiction but instead use shapes, colours, forms and marks to achieve its effect
figurative art art that has strong references to the real world and in particular, the human figure

Years 5 and 6 Art vocabulary:

pastel a coloured drawing medium, usually stick-shaped, produced in soft, hard and pencil formproduced in soft, hard and pencil form
art the expression of creativity or imagination, or both
art movement a style in art followed by a group of artists, often linked to a time and place or to particular artists (sometimes called an ‘ism’)
sculpture three-dimensional art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modelling, casting, constructing
negative space the space around and between the subject
maquette a sculptor’s initial model or sketch
modern art art that is often experimental and not traditional (1900s onwards approximately)
classical art used to describe art that makes reference to ancient Greek or Roman style

Some of the words may not have been covered in class as of yet so be sure to refer to the definitions for words your child seems less confident about.

Encourage your child to think back to their art learning so far. The following questions might prompt your child to remember even more about the vocabulary:

This half term, our oracy focus is building on the views of others and reasoning. Referring to these ‘Remember 2s’ (R2s) will help your child to speak confidently whilst also respecting the views of others.