Our school has been very lucky in being allowed to take part in a project called ‘Making a Mark’ at Preston Hall museum.

Our project lasted for 2 and half days and we had an amazing time and learnt lots of new skills and facts.  On the first day we had an Introduction to Art and learnt how to read pictures and photographs.

The second day was spent focusing on Art.  We worked with a professional artist called Tony Charles. We learnt that one of the most important skills you need in sketching and painting is to use your eyes carefully. In the afternoon was the best bit!  We were divided into pairs and we all got a turn to use a professional easel and acrylic paints to create a portrait using complementary colours.

Our final day was focused on photography. We worked with a professional photographer called Rob, who was amazing! We got the chance to take our own photographs and edit them in groups. We also chose a Victorian costume and props for a photograph. After that we had great fun imagining we were a character from the Victorian times, and answered questions about this. We were also able to bring these photographs home to show our parents, who were very impressed. We bought ourselves a treat from the Victorian sweet shop and had fun exploring the gifts on offer.

Preston Hall is an amazing place and we are going to try and return there in the summer holidays when there are free family craft days.

By Year 3 children from St. Mary’s R.C.V.A Primary

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