Term 3 Week 1

We’ve had a lovely first week back after the holidays! Term 3 at Art Stars will focus on printmaking. We’ll be learning a variety of techniques including lino printing, polystyrene block printing, etching and collograph blocks. Our artists will develop their skills in design, typography and repeating pattern as well as their fine motor skills, and we’ll be inspired by local printmakers such as John McGowan and Carry Akroyd.

Amber & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists had a go at some printmaking using washable markers. We used biros to draw designs based on last term’s Leroy Nieman inspired lions onto polystyrene sheets. We then added colour using the pens, before printing the image onto paper. We dampened the paper with sponges before printing to allow the colour to transfer successfully. We got some interesting results!


Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists started a two week printing project. We created a city skyline in our sketchbooks by drawing a series of horizontal and vertical lines, adding windows, doors and roofs. We then recreated our designs onto polystyrene sheets, before rolling printing ink onto our printing plates. We made several prints in black ink onto different coloured paper.


Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists have been investigating typography. We looked at examples of typographic posters, then chose a word or quote to produce a design for. We created a layout by sketching blocks into which we fit the words. Next week we will be producing a printing plate of our typographic design.

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