Reaching out at Christmas time
Santa to a Senior
Across the school, children have been creating Christmas cards which will be shared with isolated and/or vulnerable elderly residents of our community. Santa to a Senior creates care packages and our cards will be included. Home Instead organise this wonderful event, and we are proud to have been a part of it for many years now. This is just a small collection of the nearly 300 cards which have been created.
The gift packs contain the handmade cards, Calendar (featuring local photographers) and Live well, your way magazine (which includes the “What’s On Where” guide to the local areas), The festive packs are distributed to over two thousand local residents in Sale, Altrincham and Wythenshawe who are identified through local church groups, pharmacies, doctors, navigation teams, and social prescribers. They are also donated to charities including Age UK, Parkinson’s UK and Alzheimer’s UK, as well as to those staying in the local Wythenshawe Hospital over Christmas.
‘Be a Santa’ gift giving Appeal brings joy and festive cheer to many local people and is now in its 10th year, thanks to the generosity of schools and local photographers, and all those who help distribute.
Singing in the community
Art doesn't have to be made with the hands, it can be made with voices too. We have visited a local care home, and entertained the residents with rousing Christmas songs - old and new. 'Last Christmas' by Wham and 12 Days of Christmas went down an absolute storm with the residents singing along with gusto!
Engaging with the real work of artists
Part of what is so important of art is being able to see the physical art which has been created, whether recently or decades or even hundreds of years ago. Here are our Year 6 classes visiting the Lowry galleries, and seeing the brush strokes created the artist himself. We even had a go at creating our own Lowry themed work.
Altrincham Lantern Parade
We had a fantastic time, taking our art into the community this Saturday, when we were lucky enough to take part in the Altrincham Lantern Parade. (You might have seen our lanterns in an earlier post on this page!)
School was both poignant and beautiful today, as we joined together in assemblies for Remembrance Day.
We will shortly be taking part in the Altrincham Parade, and on Thursday 10th November we were very lucky, and were able to welcome Steve (from Altrincham Bid) into school. He helped 30 of us create lanterns ready for the parade. Don't they look marvellous :-)
Paint Altrincham Blue - Monday 7th – Saturday 12th November.
‘Paint Altrincham Blue’ is a week long programme of events, activities and offers to raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health. Our pupils have been very busy creating some beautiful blue flowers, which will be displayed in shop windows around Altrincham for all to see, as part of a artwork trail! These are just some of the beautiful creations we have had from across the school.
Please look below to find out where and when things are taking place!
Trooping The Corgis
UPDATE - The corgis are now out and about in Altrincham! Here is our wonderful work of art - basking in the glorious sunshine with Laura, owner of SKANDA, (George St, Stamford Quarter!).
He is looking magnificent, and working those sunglasses, lead and gold flipflops! Styling it!
You can pick up a guide to find all the corgis from the Summer issue of Altrincham Today Magazine, Inch Arts, The Travel Shop at Altrincham Interchange, The Unicorn and Everyman Cinema.
(more info: visitalrincham.com)
Our corgi is looking the business! He joined 49 of his buddies at InchArt in Altrincham, for the launch event. The the mayor came along, and there was even a real corgi! Here he is with some friends, and this is the shop that he will call home from the 1st June. (Look closely, the shop has a sign that says Dogs Welcome - a perfect place for him to stay)
Art At Oldfield Brow Never Stops!!!
We have been invited to take part in an exciting photography competition being run by a local business: Maguire Family Law.The competition is asking for images which catch your imagination from Altrincham, Bowdown or Hale. There are some terrific cash prizes (£750 first, £20 second) and if you are sending in from a school, the best school entry will win £250 of art supplies. If you would like to share your pictures with school, please send to me on firstname.lastname@example.org by 24th June, and I will then send them onto the competition for you.
Good luck everyone!
IT'S TIME FOR OUR SPRING ART COMPETITION
Our corgi is now underway! He might look like he is having a nap, but he's enjoying his lovely basecoat drying. Some of the hands have now been transposed. I wonder if your hand will be one of the ones which are chosen?
The hands are in - and what an incredible array of countries were represented. It felt like the Eurovision song contest when I listed them all out, apart from the fact that ours are from all over the world.
I met with our artist tonight, Donna Nolan, and she has taken away 40 of the over 260 hand flags which were submitted. We are hoping to get all of them onto our corgi, which might be a bit of a squeeze, but it would be fantastic to see all the different countries shown. Some of the flags had more than one flag on them, so we have at least 47 countries which our school is linked to.
Donna also brought a very special visitor. How cute is this corgi?! I can't wait to see the transformation as they become clothed in our flags!
Thank you so much to everyone who took part. I will send out a list of the names of people who have had flags transferred to our corgi as soon as we know how many we can squeeeeeze on. You are, as always, amazing!
The Queen's Jubilee is going to be a spectacular occassion and here at Oldfield Brow, we always like to celebrate in style!
We are lucky enough to have been invited to join a community wide art installation project across Altrincham. Fifty life sized corgis are going to be displayed in various shop windows and businesses. Our corgi is going to be decorated with handprints that display the different countries which are special to our children's families.
We would love as many people as possible to take part. If you or your children would like to submit an entry, simply:
1. Draw around your hand.
2. Decorate it with the flag of the country that is important to your family.
3. Send it into Mrs Brownsell (Year 6) by Friday 13th May (super speedy I know) with your name, the country featured and class you are linked to on the back.
Good luck everyone, I can't wait to see your entries.
Stockport Grammar School - Portrait Competition - UPDATE !!
I am absolutely delighted to announce that at the awards ceremony last night, Christie Ho, of 5RC was awarded FIRST PRIZE !! Congratulations Christie! There were 89 pieces of art being considered, so this is a huge achievement!
Christie received a very exciting prize of lots of art materials, and all our competitors received a goodie bag and took part in a creative activity run by the teachers and students at Stockport Grammar.
Here is a link to see the other winners, and details of the event night itself!
Year 5 have been creating some absolutely amazing artwork in preparation for entries to the Stockport Grammar School portrait competition.
Their work took inspiration from the work of Canadian artist, Sandra Silberzweig. They loved her flambouyant use of colour and have created a corridor of brilliance down the side of the hall. Well done, Year 5. A powerpoint of all the children's work can be found in the downloads section of this page.
Each class looked at the work of the other class, and individually chose their 4 favourite pieces. The votes were counted, and here are the chosen 8 who will be sent on portrait competition - good luck, folks!
Hearty congratulations to Christy, Lana, Minal and Stanley of 5CS, and Sadie, Maya, Jana and James of 5RC.
Sale Rotary/ Salvation Army Toy Appeal
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the toy appeal for the Salvation Army. Sale Rotary are working with the Salvation Army and social services in the local area to provide Christmas presents to 700 children who would not normally receive them. Karen Wroe, on behalf of the Sale Rotary, was thrilled to collect the box today - Oldfield Brow has once more worn its heart where the world can see it!
Altrincham Home Instead - Be a Santa to a Senior
We really do have a school filled with talented children and teachers!
Home Instead Senior Care, Altrincham are running a special Christmas project to reach out and connect with those who might be isolated or struggling, particularly this last couple of years with all that they have brought. (As background, this company helps elderly people stay in their own homes by providing help with everyday care which might prove challenging).
In the run up to Christmas, gift packs, as part of a project a called 'Be a Santa to a Senior', are being distributed to elderly people who may be isolated or struggling in some way. They would love a part of this pack to be handmade Christmas cards, which is where we came in. Children from across the school have been creating cards to be included in these packs, and they are absolutely wonderful. This is just a tiny selection, picked at random, from the nearly 280 cards which have been made. Thank you so much everybody!
Some of them even pop up! Well done, 5RC!
Altrincham's Festive Favourite Shop Front competition
If you are in Altrincham this weekend, don't forget to take a look at our children's art work in the window of Art with a Heart. The display is part of this year's Altrincham’s ‘Festive Favourite’ business or shop front competition – with a record 47 businesses taking part!
Yesterday the official judge, Barry Purves, who is an Oscar and BAFTA nominated animator and set designer from Altrincham, toured the town. He chose his favourite (Madam Butterfly), with Art with a Heart being nominated as a runner up (47 windows taking part - did I mention that !!) with a special mention about the exuberance of the children's work. Absolutely brilliant!
You have the chance to vote for our window, on the Altrincham Today facebook page.
European Languages Art Comp is on the move!
Art With A Heart have a new gallery, and they have asked us to help showcase their window. There was some absolutely brilliant artwork given into our European Languages competition, so I enlisted the help of some guest judges to choose some pieces to show in the AWaH gallery. Thank you so much to Zach, Shavi, Sarah S, Pardis and James. Not only are you spectacular ambassadors for Years 5 and 6, you really considered and discussed which pieces to include. A hard job - well done!
Here they are looking absolutely fabulous in the wintery wonderland that is displayed in the gallery window. It is a shame that you can't see here how much the lights are twinkling, and the how the colours change. It is well worth a visit - do you recognise one of our previous projects, taking pride of place in the centre?
Head's Up - an exciting competition is available!
Hi everyone, I have some news about a competition that is being run by GreenPeace! (This is independent to school, so entries would be submitted directly to GreenPeace, but all the details can be found below). Many thanks to the very kind family who sent details of this competition in to me. Please do share pictures of any designs that you come up with - I LOVE seeing all the art that you create!
Are there creative kids in your life who do everything they can to protect our planet?
Then we have some huge news for you.
COP26 may be over but now more than ever we need everyone to know that our planet needs us. That's why we are asking for your help. We’ve launched a new competition for young artists to design a t-shirt for Greenpeace. The winners will get a t-shirt featuring their amazing artwork – and their tee will even be available to buy in the Greenpeace shop!
The deadline is Sunday 28th November – less than a week away. So don’t hang around. Tell all the young planet protectors in your life to grab their paints, pens and crayons and get busy!
The only rule is there are no rules. You can use pictures or words or patterns or collages or cut outs from magazines and newspapers. Paints, crayons, pens, pencils, potato prints – anything goes.
We’re looking for winning t-shirts that will make people stop in the street and feel inspired to take action for our climate. So what are you waiting for?
There are three age categories – 0-7, 8-11 and 12-17 - so from preschool Picassos to teenage tailors, everyone is welcome.
To enter, parents or carers simply need to upload a photo of the design. Our t-shirt magicians will have the winning designs ready to buy in time for Christmas – and we’ll send the winners their very own shirt to wear with pride.
And don’t worry – all our t-shirts are printed on organic cotton, made without hazardous chemicals and printed to order, so there’s no waste.
(Huge hyperlink - but this will take you to the submit your t-shirt page!)
This is the design brief to get them fired up:
-What’s the competition? We’re looking for a t-shirt design that will make people stop in the street and feel inspired to take action for our climate.
-What could I win? If your entry is chosen you’ll win a t-shirt with your design on.
-What are the rules? The only rule is there are no rules! You can use pictures or words or patterns or collages or cut outs from magazines and newspapers. Paints, crayons, pens, pencils, potato prints – anything goes.
-How do I submit my entry? Ask an adult to take a picture and upload it onto our website.
-When will I find out if I’ve won? You need to submit your entry by Sunday 28th November. We’ll then shortlist the entries, the public will vote on the winners and we will email or phone the person who submitted your entry in early December. And we’ll then get your t-shirt made and in the post to you.
European Landmarks Competition - The results are in!
Mr Merrell and Mrs Norbury were magnificent judges of our European Landmarks Competition. We had so many entries the results were divided into 2D and 3D, with a winner and two runners up in each category, plus an extra surprise category - the children's choice! The school shared the results in an online assembly this morning! To view the results, check the downloads section of this webpage. Congratulations to all our winners - enjoy your certificates and prizes! Thank you to everyone who took part - this was without doubt, the most spectuacular response we have ever had to any competition
Go Ape Christmas Card Competition
Hi everyone, just to let you know that Go Ape are hosting a Christmas card design competition, and offering a spectacular First Prize - a Go Ape Family Pass and a merchandise bundle worth £250! This competition is not being run via school (so you will need to submit a scan/ photo of your Art work yourself) but with a prize like this, I couldn't not tell you all about it. :-)
Here is the web link to all the details you will need.
Good luck everyone!
Update on our European Landmarks Art Competition!
(one week to go to competition deadline!)
We have had some terrific entries sent in. Some are 2d, some are 3d, all are fabulous. We have even had a work of art sent in that is made using fruit pastels! Here are some of the pictures for you to see!
Look at this gorgeous picture that Deetya in Year 6 has created at home! Beautiful! Well done, Deetya.
Autumn 1 2021
27th September - Today we celebrated European Languages Day in school and there was a huge variety of activites and languages being heard around the school! As part of our celebrations, we are launching a school-wide competition where children are invited to create a model or drawing of a European landmark. This can be in any medium they like, and we will enter display all entries in our school gallery for all to see! All the information you need is in the powerpoint in the downloads section of this page but suffice to say - bring your imagination and submit by 15th October! (We love to see work that has been created as part of a kit but wont be able to include these in the competition as it must the child's orginal work).
26th September 2021
Update on the Royal Mail 'Design a Stamp' competition!
The Royal Mail have now whittled down all the entries to 120 regional finalists. Alas, Oldfield Brow did not feature in this countdown, but we are part of the number of entries which contributed to this being a Guinness World Record Breaker!
An incredible 606,049 entries were received from children across the UK, with an amazing 7,479 schools taking part. Congratulations to all 606,049 children who entered, as their designs contributed towards a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the largest postage stamp design competition.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “It is of great credit to the children of this country that in world record breaking numbers they picked up their paintbrushes, pens and paints and paid artistic tribute to the heroes of our coronavirus response. Their brilliant efforts represent the collective gratitude of the nation to everyone who went above and beyond during the pandemic. Congratulations to all those who have made it to the next round and thank you to everyone who has taken part.”
To arrive at the 120 regional finalists, a network of judges, consisting of current and retired art teachers, evaluated each of the 606,049 entries. Over a three-month period, the best entries, from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the nine regions of England were chosen from each age group. You can see these final 120 entries by following the links below.
From these 120 regional finalists, a special panel of judges will now determine the winning 24 regional designs and these will be announced in November.
From these 24 entries, eight winning images will be chosen as official Royal Mail stamps. They will then appear on millions of items of mail across the UK when they are issued in the Spring of 2022. I can't wait to see what the final designs will look like.
If you would like to see the 120 finalists, they can be reached by the following link...
Welcome to a brand new year of Art projects at Oldfield Brow! We will soon be letting the children know about an exciting competition linked to European Languages Day, and of course, Christmas brings with it so many fabulous opportunities for artistic creation. Don't forget, if you create any pieces of art at home that you are particulary proud of, do send a photo into email@example.com and I will feature it in a virtual gallery for you :-)
It is wonderful to hear that so many classes across the school are getting involved with 'Thank You Day, which is this coming Sunday, 4th July. We have some extremely thoughtful and caring pupils in Oldfield Brow - well done, everyone!
I was walking down the corridor this morning and look what made my day! William of Year 3LP has created this masterpiece, all by himself, at home over the half term holiday. I absolutely love his puffin picture. It was so good I've installed it as the current 'HELLO' picture for this page, but here is a copy of it too! Well done, William - I think this is brilliant, you deserve to be extremely proud of yourself!
PHEW !!! The printer is glowing after working so hard to create the 'Thank you for taking part' certificates! 67 entries were submitted across the school, w
ith 2 classes each putting forward 10 entries on their own and 3LP squeeking a victory with 11 entries for the class! Well done to everyone - I have loved looking at all the entries - what an amazing collection of ideas! Thank you so much getting involved. The entries are taped up and on the way to Royal Mail - Good luck everyone !!
The deadline is getting close - all entries must be with Mrs Brownsell (Year 6) by Monday 24th May to ensure we get them to Royal Mail in time for judging.
There is a LETTER FOR PARENTS in the downloads section which details how Royal Mail will use the entries and any personal information - please read this if your child has entered a piece of art work. Thank you so much everyone who has contributed so far - they are fabulous!
p.s. If you would like to take part but don't have an entry form, they can be printed off from the downloads section below :-)
Here are some of the entries we have had already - can you spot yours?
For more than 50 years Royal Mail's Special Stamp programme has commemorated British history and achievement. They are launching a competition to create 8 new stamps, to honour the heroes who have looked after us all, throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
We are delighted to be taking part, and can't wait to see all of the designs which the children create. (Please see the downloads section to share the powerpoint which the children have viewed in school).
If your child enters the competition, please foolow the link to some important information from Royal Mail for parents.
All entries need to be in by Monday 24th May to Mrs Brownsell (Year 6), please.
Stockport Grammar Portrait Competition
The Results are in - and they are fantastic!!
Here is a message from Stockport Grammar School, with a link to the submitted art work, and winners (no spoilers unlesss you scroll further down, but Oldfield Brow have two of them - just saying !!!
From Stockport Grammar School
During the Spring term we asked Year 5 artists to send in entries on the theme of ‘Portrait’ for our annual Art Competition - and what an amazing effort the children have put in!
We have received a record number of entries and they were of an impressively high calibre. Head of Art and Design, Mr Richard Davies and his team have immensely enjoyed judging the competition and marvelled at the imaginative interpretation of the 'Portrait' theme and the variety of medias explored in creating the entries.
To celebrate this array of fantastic work, we have put together an online gallery and virtual prize announcement, click on the link below to access the mini-site, the site will remain live and accessible through our website so the artists can share their artwork with friends and family.
Click here https://www.stockportgrammar.co.uk/news-and-events/year-5-art-competition-2021/prize-winners/ to visit the SGS Year 5 Art Competition site
Prize winners will be contacted shortly to arrange delivery of their prize. Congratulations to everyone who entered the competition.
Oldfield Brow have collected prizes not once, but twice - Imogen has been given an award for her 'Highly Commended' work, and wait for it (please imagine a terrific drum roll) the winning entry of the whole competition is one of our pupils: Emil !! Terrific Emil, well done! Here they are receiving their prizes from Stockport Grammar - everyone looks thrilled, and rightly so!
Stockport Grammar Annual Portrait Competition - Year 5
I love this event! Having been a Year 5 teacher myself in the past, this competition has a special place in my heart. Last year, the competition took place much earlier in the year, and just squeaked in before lock-down squashed so many chances for pupils to get together and celebrate their achievements. As we are not out of the Covid woods just yet, this year has had a bit of a re-vamp and will be done, dun duuun - virtually!
Year 5 have once again risen to the challenge, and created some fantastic Pop Art portraits in the style of the artist, Roy Lichtenstein. Do you recognise his work?
I was absolutely over the moon with all of the portraits that I saw in both Year 5 classes, they were terrific! The children chose who should represent their classes, and these are the results. (I am not going to put the names on just yet - much more fun to play 'Guess Who!')
Don't forget to wish everyone the very best of luck in the competition!
Our latest Art Adventure!
The Royal Academy of Art are hosting a Summer Show competition, and are inviting entries until the 26th April, 2021.
We have had some beautiful work sent in already. Don't forget, you can send in pictures of up to 3 pieces of art that you are proud of and they can be in any medium you like. Have you made a 3D structure, worked with clay, used acrylic paint, sequins, ink or watercolours? You might have already completed the art you would like to submit, or it could be a brand new piece. If you would like to use a piece submitted to our previous competition, let me know and I can photograph it for you :-)
Oliver - Year 6
Zoya - Year 6
The Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free exhibition for young artists aged 5 - 19 years old. The art work you can see on this page were all prize winning entries from 2020 - think you can top this? Of course you can! Grab your pen, pencil, brush, cardboard, glue or whatever takes your fancy - throw in a ton of imagination and bring that beauty in your mind out into the world. I can't wait to see what you create!
What kind of art should I do?
Anything you like! The artwork can be made using any medium (a word for the materials you’ve used to create your piece). It can be a painting, sculpture, photograph, installation, video, drawing, or a combination. There is no theme so art can be of any subject and they don’t mind when you made the artwork as long as you are between 5-19 when you submit it. (If you would like to submit the art work that was entered for the competition we held in school, just let me know!)
Prizes are awarded for two inspiring artworks from each key stage, as chosen by the President of the Royal Academy, and you can also vote for your favourite artwork in their annual People’s Choice Award. Take a look at the 2020 prize winning artworks. https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/2020/galleries/7
How can I enter?
Submitting artwork is completely free and is done online. Our school is registered, so your artworks can be submitted via Mrs Brownsell (via firstname.lastname@example.org ). (Please note permission forms in the Downloads section).
Each student can submit up to three artworks of any type and remember, there is no theme so let your ideas go crazy. When you enter, you’ll need to give images of your artwork plus some information about the piece such as title, size, and a little text about the artwork and why you made it. Your artwork will be seen by the panel of judges at the Royal Academy of Arts, and the selected pieces will be shown in their online exhibition, some of the artworks will also be shown at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Judging will take place on 1st May. The online (and hopefully onsite also ) exhibition will launch on 11th July.
For all other information, please see the Royal Academy of Arts website https://youngartists.royalacademy.org.uk/get-involved .
*** There is important information regarding submission of work, permission forms and how to successfully photograph your work in the Downloads section below. ***
HOPE & LIGHT ART COMPETITION - 2020
THE RESULTS ARE IN !!!! This has to be my favourite part of being the Art Curriculum Co-ordinator. Thankfully, I don't have to judge the work - this would be such a tough job! But I had lots and lots of helpers. Children from all the classes across the school voted for their favourite pieces and from this we got year group winners, a winner for Key Stage 1 & 2, and a winner of the award from Art With a Heart, by our guest judge, Karen Wroe! Please look in the downloads section for the 'Results In' powerpoint to share in congratulating all our winners :-)
🌟🎅🏼Be a Santa to a Senior🎅🏼🌟
Home Instead Senior Care, Altrincham are running a special Christmas project to reach out and connect with those who might be isolated or struggling, particularly this year with all that it has brought. (As background, this company helps elderly people stay in their own homes by providing help with everyday care which might prove challenging).
They are taking part in a project in the run up to Christmas called 'Be a Santa to a Senior' where gift packs are being distributed to elderly people who may be isolated or struggling in some way. They would love a part of this pack to be handmade Christmas cards, which is where Oldfield Brow comes in. Classes are creating homemade Christmas cards to be included in these pack, in the hopes of spreading good cheer and festive good will across our region. The designs are unique to the classes and children who create them, and those I have seen already have been so beautiful and thoughtful. Well done everyone!
(Cards have no identifying information on them)
Here is just a small selection of the cards which have been created by classes across the school already! I have been hearing how much the children have engaged with discussing how some people might be lonely or isolated at Christmas, and reading the heart-felt messages that have been written inside show just how caring and thoughtful the pupils are.
HOPE & LIGHT ART COMPETITION - 2020
Judges from all the classes across the school are busy getting their votes in for their favourite pieces of art in our competition. It has been brilliant to see the faces of the children as they make their choices, and I am so looking forward to being able to announce the winners once the results are in. Pictures of the entries can be viewed below :-)
Here are some of judges! Thank you so much, children of Reception Moonbeams and Year 1SC!