Classes

Nursery – Mondrian
Reception – Mondrian

Name: Pieter Mondrian
Nationality: Dutch
Born: 1872
Died: 1944
Style: Mondrian is famous for his abstract paintings showing many different sizes of squares and rectangles, some of which are coloured. He liked playing with empty shapes and seeing how they look next to a coloured shape.
Famous Pieces of Art: Mondrian’s work can be seen in famous museums all over the world, including Tate Britain in London and in The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Perhaps his most famous painting of lines, shapes and primary colours is Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red, 1921, oil on canvas, which is in the Tate Gallery in London.

Year 1 – Van Gogh

Name: Vincent Van Gogh
Nationality: Dutch
Born: 1853
Died: 1890
Style: Amazingly, Van Gogh did not start a career as an artist until 1880, ten years before he died. Van Gogh is famous for taking the style of impressionism from Paris and adapting it by using brighter colours and a style of painting that is uniquely recognizable as his.
Famous Pieces of Art: He produced more than 2000 works, including around 900 paintings and 1100 drawings and sketches during the last ten years of his life. Most of his best-known works were produced in the final two years of his life, during which time he cut off part of his left ear following a breakdown in his friendship with Paul Gaugin. Perhaps his most famous painting is his Still Life: Vase with 12 Sunflowers.

Year 1 – Da Vinci

Name: Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
Nationality: Italian
Born: 1452
Died: 1519
Style: Renaissance Painter, architect, engineer and anatomist.
Famous Pieces of Art: The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and anatomical drawings such as the Vitruvian Man.

Year 2 – Matisse

Name: Henri Emile-Benoit Matisse
Nationality: French
Born: 1869
Died: 1954
Style: Painting; modernism, impressionism and fauvism.
Famous Pieces of Art: Woman with a hat

Year 2 – O’Keeffe

Name: Georgia O’Keeffe
Nationality: American
Born: 1887
Died: 1986
Style: Georgia O’Keeffe received widespread recognition for her technical contribution to art as well as challenging the boundaries of modern American artistic style. She is chiefly known for paintings of flowers, rocks, shells, animal bones and landscapes. She often changed her subject matter into powerful abstract images. She found artistic inspiration particularly in the landscape and natural beauty of the American State, New Mexico.
Famous Pieces of Art: Series of Petunia flower paintings and Cloud paintings. She also painted a lot of scenes of the architecture and light of New York City.

Year 3 – Blake

Name: Sir Peter Blake
Nationality: English
Born: Dartford, Kent 1932
Style: During the late 1950s, Blake became one of the best known British pop artists. His paintings from this time included imagery from advertisements, music hall, entertainment, and wrestlers, often including collaged elements.
Famous Pieces of Art: Perhaps he is best known for his design of the sleeve cover for The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He is still a working artist exhibiting internationally and often visits our school to help and inspire us in our art lessons!

Year 3 – Lowry

Name: Lawrence Stephen Lowry
Nationality: British
Born: 1887
Died: 1976
Style: Famous for painting industrial districts of North West England and depiction of “Matchstick Men”.
Famous Pieces of Art: Coming from the Mill, Industrial Landscape

Year 4 – Warhol

Name: Andy Warhol
Nationality: American
Born: 1928
Died: 1987
Style: Warhol today is remembered for being a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator he became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author and public figure.
Famous Pieces of Art: Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup tin, Coca Cola Bottle and his portraits of famous people like Marilyn Monroe.

Year 4 – Fedden

Name: Mary Fedden OBE
Nationality: British
Born: 1915
Died: 2012
Style: Bold, expressive painting of flowers, animals and still life using vivid colours.
Famous Pieces of Art: Red Sunset, The Poppy, The cat and the Compass.

Year 5 – Hepworth

Name: Barbara Hepworth
Nationality: British
Born: 1903
Died: 1975
Style: Hepworth was a sculptor and artist and is renowned for being one of the most important artists of the 20th Century. She was obsessed with light and the way it looked when it fell on different materials. This played a major part in the way she shaped her sculptures. The line and points of abstract shapes was a major theme she explored during her life’s work.
Famous Pieces of Art: Hepworth has many famous sculptures dotted around the United Kingdom, the most public of which is a giant oval shaped sculpture called Winged Figure 1963, which is on the side of the John Lewis department store on Oxford Street, London.

Year 5: Kandinsky

Name: Wassily Kandinsky
Born: December 16, 1866 in Moscow, Russia
Died: December 13, 1944 in Paris, France
Famous works: Composition VI, Composition VII, On White II, Contrasting Sounds
Style/Period: Expressionism and Abstract Art

Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow, Russia on December 16, 1866. He grew up in the Russian city of Odessa where he enjoyed music and learned to play the piano and the cello. Kandinsky would remark later that, even as a child, the colors of nature dazzled him. Both music and colors would have a huge impact on his art later in life.

Kandinsky went to college and then became a law teacher. However, when he was thirty he decided to change careers and become an artist. He attended art school at Munich, Germany. Early on his art was influenced by painters like Claude Monet as well as music composers and philosophers.

Year 6 – Ofili

Name: Chris Ofili
Nationality: British
Born: 1968
Style: Ofili’s art work takes its inspiration from Nigerian and other African art. In particular, ancient cave paintings and African traditional rituals influence Ofili. He is fond of using a marbling affect in his paintings and his work is often built up in layers of paint, resin, glitter and other materials to create a collage. Famously, Ofili has also been known to use elephant dung on his larger canvases!
Famous Pieces of Art: One of his most famous pieces of art is The Upper Room. This is a massive piece of work of 13 paintings of rhesus macaque monkeys in the Tate Modern Gallery in London.

Year 6 Picasso

Name: Pablo Pic​asso
Nationality: Spanish
Born: 1881
Style: Pablo Picasso was born more than 120 years ago (1881) in Malaga, Spain.

He is famous for being the co-founder of Cubism which is a style of painting where objects of the painting subject are broken up and re-painted in an abstract form.
When Pablo was age 7 his father (who was also a painter) gave him artistic training in figure drawing and oil painting.Later on Pablo studied art in Madrid and then went to Paris when he was about 19.

Famous Pieces of Art: Picasso’s work is divided into periods – The Blue Period (1901-1904), which were sad looking paintings using blue and blue-green colours.
The Rose Period (1905-1907), which was a more happy style with orange and pink colours. The African-influenced Period (1908-1909) and The Cubism Period (1909- 1919)​