Farm-linked activities for KS2 Art

KS2 Art activities that can be carried out before, during or after a farm visit


Curriculum area: Record observations and use them to review and re-visit ideas 

Activities:

  • Have an Art Ideas book for each child to take to the farm. Provide a card square with a window cut out of it to encourage focussing on a small area.
  • Record patterns of bricks, corrugated metal, fences, animal's coats, different animal hoof and footprints, crop rows, ears of barley or wheat, gates.
  • Sketch animals, buildings, horizons etc.
  • Use different grades of pencils and charcoals to recreate patterns seen on the farm. Review the different effects.
  • Make observational drawings of fruit and vegetables using charcoals, pencils, pastels and chalks.
  • Make a layered picture of the farm starting with the basic layout of buildings and fields in paint. Use pastels and felt-tips to add detils to buildings, fences and hedgerows. Add collage animals and crops
  • Look at diferent artists' work that captured aspects of farming. Use card windows to focus on and sketch the different ways they created their effects. Experiment with those techniques to create own work.

 

Curriculum area: Improve mastery of art and design techniques

Activities:

Have an Art Ideas book for each child to take to the farm. Provide a card square with a window cut out of it to encourage focussing on a small area.
Collect leaves, stones, twigs, sheep's wool from fences, straw etc and experiment with collage. Sketch markings on animals and birds. Use those shapes to create abstract forms.
Use textures from farm e.g. sheep's wool, hen's feathers, corn, to experiment with creating textures in clay, printing, rubbings, weaving.
Make 3D models of farm animals using clay, wire mesh and mod-rock or papier-mâché. Use cut vegetables and fruit to experiment with printing.

Resources needed:

Blank-paged exercise book for each child
Card squares with a smaller, cut-out square window (approx. 5cm x 5cm) Carrier bag for each child or group on the farm visit
Items collected from farm
Fruit, some cut in different ways
Charcoals, different grades of pencils, felt tips, pastels, chalks and paints Clay, chicken wire, mod-rock, wallpaper paste and old newspapers
Cut hard vegetables such as root vegetables
Reproduction paintings and sculptures from books, posters, art cards, postcards, etc