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Computing and Art in Year 5

Year 5 have been looking at Google drawings this half-term in Computing. After an initial introduction into what things Google drawings can do, they then concentrated on using the ‘polyline’ tool to create artwork. The first thing they designed was a delicious cupcake. An image is copied and placed next to the drawing frame. Then the picture is created in chunks, usually starting with the larger sections and then adding on smaller areas, changing the colour to make it look like the original picture.

The Year 5 Art topic for this half-term is Lowry. After learning about the life of the famous painter the children looked carefully at some of his paintings and commented on what they thought about them. They have also had a go at sketching Lowry style figures and eventually some of the buildings.

One of our budding artists at Brabyns decided to link the two subjects together by creating a Lowry style painting of a local landmark ‘Stockport Viaduct’ on Google drawings. The work was very impressive so the next challenge was to create a Lowry building using the polyline tool in Google drawings for the rest of the children.

Finally the children had to choose a celebrity or person they admire to create a Google drawing portrait of them. The results were amazing and a joy to see and one of the many reasons teaching is such a wonderful job, you just never know what wonderful things the children will produce next.

See some of the work here.

If you are interested in trying Google drawings, ‘polyline art’ there is a good step by step video by Joshua Pomeroy.

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