Theme: Hair, Fur and Feathers
Here you will find three key artworks to look at and discuss as a class, with some additional images included below. There are suggestions of things to think about, instructions on what to make, examples of materials that can be used and how the artwork will be judged.
Things to consider
Here are a few questions to help spark the imagination.
- Hair - Short, long, straight, wavy, curled, coiled, twisted, plaited, fringes, ponytails, partings, moustaches, whiskers, beards , blonde, brunette, redhead, eyebrows, eyelashes, hairdressers, barbers, combs, brushes, scissors, shampoo, Medusa, Rapunzel, Santa Claus
- Fur - Short, long, tidy, tangled, soft, smooth, coarse, springy, spotty, stripy, patchy, plain, light, dark, collars, hats, coats, robes for kings and queens, animal farms, protestors
- Feathers - Peacocks, parrots, eagles, owls, feather hats, feather dusters, feather quills, pillows, mattresses, cushions, dress uniforms, Indian chiefs
A picture inspired by hair, fur and/or feathers. It can be realistic or abstract.
Any materials, techniques or processes (for example drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, photography, computer aided design, collage, montage) to make your piece as long as each entry is two-dimensional.
It can be A4 or A3 or A2 in size.
Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, confidence in the handling of materials, and boldness and impact.
Pupils from special education schools are welcome to enter in any category as long as it is age appropriate.
Competition entry form and information
Prefer to submit a group entry?
Groups of two or more pupils in any age group can choose from any of the themes in this year's competition and submit a group entry.
Make a picture inspired by any of the five themes.
Use any materials, techniques or processes (for example drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, photography, computer aided design, collage, montage) to make your piece as long as each entry is two-dimensional. As frames have been specially made, work entered must be either A2 in size or measure 120 x 150 centimetres.