Term 2 Week 5

Our reception to year 6 artists have all been having a go at some weaving this week! We constructed cardboard looms, then chose different coloured wool to weave onto them. It was fiddly work but everyone got the hang of it!

Maroon & Turquoise Class

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

 

 

 

 

Jade & Emerald Class

 

 

 

Cyan & Indigo Class

Meanwhile, our Key Stage 3 and 4 artists have been continuing with their Batik project, working with Clare from Paisley Art. They drew their designs from last week onto fabric, then used a tjanting tool to trace over their images with molten wax. They practised using tie dye inks to bring the design to life, ready to complete their pieces next week.

 

 

 

 

 

Term 2 Week 4

Maroon & Turquoise Class

This week, our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists have been creating sock caterpillars! We chose which pattern we’d like to do, then stuffed the sock in sections using wadding. We added googly eyes and used pipe cleaners to make antennae. We then drew a portrait of our caterpillar and included some information about it.

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists made sock bunnies! We filled the socks with rice, then toed them off using string. We added embellishments including googly eyes, ribbons and tails. The results looked very cute!

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists made glove aliens! We stuffed the gloves with wadding, then sewed up the gap with a needle and thread. We then added embellishments. We got some very creative results!

 

Cyan & Indigo Class

Our year 7-11 classes started a three week Batik project run by visiting artist Clare Turner this week! They started by drawing some natural forms from still life, then developed these into designs ready to work on in molten wax next week. We’re looking forward to seeing the results!

Term 2 Week 2

This week our artists were inspired by the experimental work of contemporary textiles artist Lynne Chapman. You can find Lynne’s lovely work on her website here.

Maroon & Turquoise Class 

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists looked at examples of Lynne’s experimental textiles work. We discussed the media she used, including cold tea bags! We had a go at using tea bags in our own work to create background patterns onto fabric. We then used Brusho paints to add other interesting areas of colour. 

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists looked at examples of Lynne’s work inspired by petroglyphs. We talked about symbols and language, and recorded some examples of petroglyphs used in Native American artwork in our sketchbooks. We then created a design onto fabric inspired by these symbols, using oil pastel and Brusho.

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists took their inspiration from Lynne’s work based on maps. We looked at examples of both old and more contemporary maps, and discussed the similar symbols we could see in each. We used these symbols when inventing maps of our own fantasy landscapes, and drew them onto fabric using pencils and Brusho.

 

Cyan & Indigo Class

Our Key Stage 3 and 4 artists continued with their sock monkey project this week! They’re almost complete.

 

 

Term 2 Week 1

We are excited to be kicking off term 2, for which our focus is on textiles! Here’s what we’ve been up to this week…

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists made fabric bowls. We used ceramic bowls covered in cling film as a template, then added patches of fabric soaked in PVA glue. We made sure we smoothed the patches off so that out bowls retained their shapes. We got some lovely results!

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists were inspired by Adinkra patterns this week! We looked at examples of traditional Adinkra symbols used to decorate fabric, and recorded some in our book. We then designed our own symbols to represent an aspect of our lives. We created a printing plate using craft foam and card, which we then used to print onto colourful cotton. The results were very effective!

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists had a go at some radial sewing. We learnt how to create some designs on paper by linking 16 dots around a circle in different ways, and then created some design of our own. We used templates to draw the dots onto a piece of card, and pushed a needle through to create holes. We then used multicoloured embroidery thread to produce our designs.

 

Cyan & Indigo Class

Our Key Stage 3 and 4 artists are having a go at creating some sock monkeys! We chose a pair of socks and marked out the different parts using a Sharpie. We then sewed along the lines using small stitches. We will continue with this next week!

 

Cerise Class- Bronze Arts Award

Our current Bronze cohort are also making sock monkeys at the moment! They are working towards part A of the Award.