Archive for February, 2008

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Wizard competition

Posted in Art competition on Thursday, 28 February 2008

Brer Rabbit dressed as wizard (Virginio Livraghi)

Don’t forget to enter the current Look and Learn children’s art competition – theme “Wizard”. The closing date is 7 March 2008.

Photographing kids’ art

Posted in Art competition on Thursday, 28 February 2008

Victorian photographer (illustration, picture, artwork; Peter Jackson)

From time to time people ask us what is the best way of photographing art for the Look and Learn children’s art gallery and art competitions.

Our advice is as follows:

  • Place the artwork vertically against a wall (a bit like the girl in this picture).
  • Take the photograph in bright daylight, but not in direct sunlight (again, as in this picture). Do not use flash.
  • Unless you have a tripod, place the camera on a table or chair to avoid camera shake
  • Select “best quality” mode on your digital cameral (JPEG not RAW)
  • When you have uploaded the images to your PC or Mac, save each image as a JPEG with a ‘quality’ level of 9 or 90%, or one level below maximum
  • Make sure that the individual files end in .jpg and are no larger than 6MB

If you have any further tips that you think could be useful to people, please add them below.

The wizard casts his spell

Posted in Absurd, Art competition on Monday, 4 February 2008


The theme for February’s children’s art competition is Wizard. Wizards are well represented in the Look and Learn picture library, though few of them are a spooky as this one, who made his appearance in Teddy Bear magazine in 1965.

Horse artist

Posted in Absurd, Animals, Art, Art competition on Monday, 4 February 2008

Horse artist

Anthropomorphism is, of course, one of the staples of nursery art. Here is a rather nice example which we have recently incorporated into the material regarding our children’s art gallery. Incidentally, the Look and Learn children’s art gallery is growing apace, with some 250 pictures added in the last week.

Flag of the world

Posted in Art competition, Geography, History on Monday, 4 February 2008

Flags of Great Britain

The current art competition – on the theme “Flag of the world” – is drawing to an end, with just three more days to go. Please encourage other children to enter! Since we are based in London, here, for interest, are some flags of Great Britain. But what should the flag of the Great World look like?!