Category Archives: Senior Art Club

Halloween at The Children’s Art School

Our Intermediate and senior groups really outshone themselves with this fantastic Halloween big draw!

Using themselves (by drawing around each other) they used light and dark to create these skeletal/ghostly figures:


Seniors started adding an accessory here and there!!



Tentacle-tastic Saturday

Drawing tentacles today has provided a great way for our children and  young people to explore creating the illusion of form using light and shade. The Intermediate group explored mixing tones…

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They also created a gorgeous big print using bubble wrap to create tentacle-textures!




Seniors continued to use charcoal and to develop our BIG drawing…


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Juniors used paint and collage to make a wonderful collaborative piece..

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Inspired by the sea theme of The Little Mermaid our current project is using octopus tentacles to teach how to use use light and shade to create the illusion of 3D..This is going to be a really fun project for all our groups and teach them really valuable drawing skills…



Our big drawing of a forest by the last school class to visit is changing into an underwater world…an octopuses garden! Our artists can apply their new skills to a large scale piece and make their tentacles weave in and out of our kelp forest..



Little Mermaid

All our artists have been making 3D props for a local pantomime production of The Little Mermaid:

Little Art Club and Saturday Juniors created Octopuses…

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And this gorgeous, enormous, 2D whale:


Whilst Intermediate and Juniors created  amazing 3D whales using just newspaper, masking tape and Kitchen roll:

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Everyone from our 2 year olds to our 16 year olds created papier mache fish to create a fabulous shoal of 50 colourful sea creatures:



Look at our BIG DRAW!

Look at what happened to our BIG DRAW!

The Children’s Art School event for the BIG DRAW started on September 30th… and went on for over 8 weeks! Here’s what happened:

Wednesday art club started it off by creating a wall by using pencils to make a rubbing of the wall beneath the paper.

Then they drew around each other to create trees:






Next was Little Art Clubs turn… Using drawing to create lovely printed textures and then ripping the drawings up to create feathers for owls who will live in the big drawing…



Then all the Saturday Art School groups got stuck in.. more trees, more owls, creating stick men with sticks and adding characters into the drawing ..



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Then the public came in and added what they wanted to…


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Then it was Tuesday Juniors turn to be trees..






THEN Upperthong school came to join in… and when they left the srawing looked like this:



THEN year 4 from Honley Juniors come to have a go.. and added brilliantly observed stick men…



and THEN Saturday Art School seniors decided to bring the stick men out of the drawing and made them 3D…

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and then we created  stick  men animations!:

…and Little Art club used the drawing as a backdrop to explore Where the Wild Things Are!


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FANTASTIC… a big draw thanks to everyone who contributed…it looks amazing!

Wanted posters for Holmfirth Arts Festival

Wanted posters for Holmfirth Arts Festival…

look out for them around Holmfirth during the Arts Festival

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Our Senior Art Clubs and the Arts Award students have been busy drawing mug-shots of the dastardly Holmfirth boggard to be used in Wanted posters for the Holmfirth Arts Festival.


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Using charcoal and rubbers and exploring light and shade the students drew from their puppets to create mug-shots…

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Using coffee stained paper as a background the students attached their drawings and used hand made stamps to print the word ‘WANTED’ ‘REWARD’ and ‘BOGGARD’

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Know someone who would love to make one of these posters?

Workshops are on June 14th at Back Lane Artspace. For more information and to book click on this link:

Holmfirth Arts Festival project update

Holmfirth Arts Festival….project update

Only a few days to go before the start of the Holmfirth Arts Festival so here’s a sneaky preview of the Jenny Greenteeth and Boggard puppets hanging in the Owd Towser…



Come and see it all finished and hear the amazing soundtrack …

soundtrack and puppets created by the children from

Scholes School, Farnley Tyas School, Netherthong School, Upperthong School, Holmfirth JI and N School and The Children’s Art School.

Opening times are

Friday 12 June 4pm – 6pm

Saturday 13 June: 1pm – 4pm

Sunday 14 June: 9.30am – 2pm

Friday 19 June: 4pm – 6pm

Saturday 20 June: 10am – 4pm with a special free performance from 12.30pm – 1.30pm – see below

Sunday 21 June: 1pm – 4pm

On Saturday 20 June, from 1.30pm – 2.30pm, the installation will be brought to life with a performance based on poetry written during the project, with performance poet Victoria and Charlotte on cello. There will be opportunities for audience participation with percussion, voices and even some dressing up. Please join us!