As we near the end of our journey of Art Through the Ages, Year 3 studied another female artist and storyteller this week: Beatrix Potter.
Born into an upper-middle-class family in 1866, Beatrix Potter was educated by governesses and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and spent holidays in Scotland and the Lake District, developing a love of landscape, flora and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted. In her thirties, she self-published the highly successful children’s book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and subsequently wrote and illustrated thirty books.
in 1905, she bought Hill Top Farm in the Lake District, which she left to the National Trust on her death in 1943.
Beatrix Potter used watercolour paints and ink for her illustrations, so the children practised using watercolours to create different effects.
They then drew the outlines of their figures using pencil, and carefully coloured these in with watercolours.
Finally, they used black pens to outline their figures.
The children loved creating their Beatrix Potter paintings. Enjoy their super results!