Arts Week 2021

Welcome to Arts Week 2021

The inspiration for this year’s Art’s Week is not a painting but a story quilt and illustrated book both of which are called Tar Beach and are by the artist Faith Ringgold.

Tar Beach book

Faith Ringgold profile

Short Video of the artist:

This year Arts Week looks a bit different to normal because most of you are working from home. This has allowed us to try something a bit different however and give you control and choice over the way you explore the themes and ideas inspired by the artwork and the book.

Please choose from the activity videos below and complete a minimum of 10 activities over the course of the week.  You will be sharing your work in your afternoon zooms with your teacher and will also need to send in photos of at least 10 activities via GC, JIT or by emailing them to your class teacher.

There are loads to choose from including visual arts like painting, drawing and printing; sewing and textile arts; cookery; performing arts, poetry and history. Each video has a brief explanation, the resources required and are categorised by age group so you can choose what you want to do.

There are also lots of resources for World Book Day on Thursday including story videos; live talks and workshops with authors and poets; fun book related activities; a video all about the teacher’s favourite books; a competition to create your favourite character and ideas for who to dress up as too.

Please send photographs of your favourite pieces of work to me at and I will make a gallery to show off all of your fabulous art.

For questions about resources or anything else, please email Miss Hall at

Arts Week Activity Videos

Assemblies & Talks

Art’s Week Assembly

Problematic Language – A Talk With Mr Faith

A poem exploring mixed heritage identity in Britain introduced by Ms Newton

A first look at Arts Week with Miss Bell

Miss Bell’s Assembly – Intro to Arts Week


Activities For All Years

Skyline Contrast Pictures with Miss Bell
Click HERE for video
You will need:
  • 2 pieces of paper (1 black and 1 white or 2 white),
  • scissors,
  • paint (or other colours),
  • glue
  • a pencil.
Paper tapestry with Miss Ceri
Patchwork Flying Shadow Chalk Drawing with Mrs Pereira & Key Worker Children
You will need:
  • Coloured chalks
  • Some outside space
A singing lesson with Miss Whiting
You will find the lyrics here:
A picture frame making lesson with Miss Ceri
A dancing lesson with Miss Whiting
An Art lesson with Miss Whiting based on the artist James Rizzi
You will need:
  • White paper x 4 (can be a3 or a4)
  • A pencil
  • A black felt tip
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloured pencils or felts or paint or oil pastels

A video by Miss Amelia


Model making with Mr Perry​


Mr McInroy and Miss Marchant’s Bridge Building.

Can you build your own at home?


Painting, drawing or collage a bird’s eye view with Mr Gane


DT Invention Challenge

Acrostic Art With Mr Faith

Resources Needed:
Blank paper
Colours (paints, pencils or felt tips)

Miss Cummins makes pizza! – YouTube

You will need pitta bread, passata and your favourite pizza toppings!

Mrs Jeffrey makes a patchwork using food!


Abstract City with Miss Veronica


Create a 3D model of Tar Beach with Mrs Hayes

You will need:

  • A cardboard box / shoebox / cereal box
  • Blue/purple paint
  • String /wire
  • Coloured paper or colouring crayons/felt tips and paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue


Creative Writing with Mrs Foster

You will need a paper and pencil

Weaving with Miss Kelly & Miss Tami

What you need:

Paper (Any type)


Cardboard (from recycling)





Any recycling materials you might have at home

Irish Dancing With Miss Kelly and Special Guests

What you need: 


Comfortable clothes 



Dream meal with Mrs Wordsworth

Faith Ringgold border


Cookie Decorating with Mrs Hall

Arts week decorated biscuits

Activities for KS1, Nursery and Reception

Making a Character Kite with Miss Billington

You will need: 2 pieces of card or paper (one black or dark blue ideally), colours, 2 straws or sticks, blue tac, sticky tape, scissors and string.



How to make a wax resist patchwork quilt painting with Miss Williams

For this activity you need A3 or A4 paper, wax crayons, watercolour paints and a paintbrush. If you have younger brothers or sisters they can help you as my twins did!

How to mix paint colours with Miss Quartermaine

This is useful if you only have a few colours at home and don’t know how to mix them to make more.

You need: Red, yellow and blue poster paints and a paintbrush and paper.

Here’s a fun story about colour mixing to help you remember how to mix primary colours to make secondary colours….


Creative Writing with Miss Williams – Postcards

You will need a paper, pencil and colours.


Learn how to print ice cream with Miss Quartermaine– Yum!

You will need: paper, colouring pencils or pens, poster paint, some circles for printing with (bottle tops/wine corks work well,) and a foam mat or foam craft sheet if you have one.


Learn how make a Wax Resist picture based on Tar Beach with Miss Quartermaine

You will need: Paper, a paintbrush, blue paint and a yellow or white wax crayon.


Think about London Landmarks with Miss Hall Cassie’s ‘most prized possession’ in New York is a bridge. Which is your ‘most prized’ (favourite) London Landmark?

You will need: Pencil and paper

You could also use: felt tips, crayons, recycling, sellotape, scissors.


Wax Resist Cityscape with Mrs Ghoul

You will need: 1 piece of A4 white paper, a pencil, oil pastels or wax crayons, watercolours, a paintbrush

Weaving a Magic Carpet with Mrs Ghoul

You will need: 1 piece of A4 card, some A4 paper strips, sellotape, scissors, a ruler

Birds Eye View Art with Mrs Foster

You will need: A map of the local area, tracing or thin paper (cooking lining paper works well too!), white paper, a pencil, colours (pencils, crayons, felt tips, paints…)




Dream meal with Mrs Wordsworth

Faith Ringgold border


All about COLOUR with Miss Hall:

You will need blue, red and yellow paint. Poster paints or acrylic would be ideal, but watercolours could also work.

Activities for KS2

Zentangle Hand with Lola (past pupil of St Stephens)

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Felt tip pens


Mrs Pereira’s Painting a patchwork stone in Spanish

You will need:
  • A stone
  • Paint
  • A fine paintbrush
  • A toothpick
  • Clear nail varnish (optional)

Mrs Pereira’s- Weaving a Bookmark in Spanish

You will need:
  • A small piece of cardboard
  • Some wool/embroidery thread in different colours
  • A darning needle
  • Scissors

Miss Mahon’s Acrostic Poem


Inspirational women by Miss Marchant


Mr Gane and Miss Marchant – Bring it to life – English filming project!


Mr McInroy combines Geography with Art to explore New York City; and then challenges you to create some of your own abstract art pieces inspired by Peter Lanyon. Enjoy!

Resources: whatever you have at home!


Miss Jeffrey’s Food Patchwork Activity

What you need: tray or container, foil, PVA glue, cooked/dry spaghetti, PVA glue, food from your cupboards eg lentils, rice, tea leaves, herbs, dried beans etc

KS2 Food Patchwork – YouTube



All about COLOUR with Miss Hall:

You will need any paint. This could be watercolour, poster, acrylic and others.


Picross Puzzles With Mr Faith

Resources Needed:
(If you have access to a printer): Picross Worksheet
(If you have access to a printer): Picross Worksheet Answers
(If you do not have access to a printer):
If you have a Nintendo DS, 3DS or Switch, many Picross games are available on these consoles. You can also get them for phones and tablets – do get your parent / carer’s permission before looking for and getting these though!


Mrs Jeffrey’s – Making a City Collage Activity

You will need: paper/card (plain/coloured), felt tips/coloured pencils/crayons, PVA/paper glue, magazines, newspapers, felt, scraps of materials, string, cotton wool


Miss Mahon’s Space Drawing

You will need one of the following chalk/oil pastels/regular chalk/colour pencils

Dark paper/card but if you don’t have this white paper will work too.


Collage Patterns with Miss Amy

You will need scissors and scarp paper (newspapers, magazines, tissue etc), glue and a piece of paper to stick your collage on.


Boarders, Patterns and Colours with Mr Perry







World Book Day - Character Dress Up and Competition

Dress Up
We can’t wait to see you all dressed up as your favourite book characters on World Book Day (Thursday 4th March). Please make sure that you are dressed up for your afternoon zoom call with your class teacher and also send me a photograph of yourself in costume to go in a special online gallery!
Click HERE for some costume ideas if you’d like some inspiration…
As well as dressing up as a favourite book character, this year why not enter this competition to make (using arts and crafts) your favourite book character as well!

There are some wonderful prizes for children up for grabs, thanks to support from Crayola.

To enter the Coram Beanstalk and Very ‘World Book Day’ competition, just:
  • Draw, paint or craft a favourite book character
  • Post a picture of the masterpiece on social media on Thursday 4th March
  • Don’t forget to use #VeryWBD and tag @beanstalkreads so we can find every entry for the World Book Day competition and share as part of our virtual gallery!
Harold the giraffe will be joining in with his school friends too – he just needs to decide which character to do! Remember to follow 
Harold’s daily diary for updates. 

World Book Day - Our Favourite Books

Our Favourite Books

World Book Day - Activities

Book Scavenger Hunt Challenge with Miss Bell & Freddie

Create Your Own Villain Activity With Miss Bell


Story Baskets with Miss Bell

BBC Live lesson at 11:30am

This 30-minute Live Lesson, hosted by CBBC’s Ben Shires and Bitesize Daily’s Mr Smith.

It’s all about themes in stories and how to identify them, hearing about the stories you’ve been reading and some of your favourite themes, and meeting some of the incredible people that write about them.

Click HERE


Loads of printable and interactive fun book based activities for Reception and Nursery children HERE.

Loads of printable and interactive fun book based activities for Years 1 to 6 HERE

World Book Day - Author Workshops and Talks

Stories Online Nursery & Reception

Stories Online - Years 1 - 3



Stories online Years 4-6

These next ones are a bit dark and better just for Years 5 & 6.


Tar Beach

Tar Beach book