Arts Award

Huge congratulations to Cyan Class who finished their Bronze Arts Award course this week! Their log books will now be assessed before being sent off for moderation. They’ve worked really hard for four terms and deserve every success!


Term 1 Week 7

Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists completed their assemblage project this week. We experimented with different ways to attach our embellished objects from last week, using aluminium wire, yarn and glue guns. We combined elements in different ways to create interesting sculptures. We got some great results!


Amber and Magenta Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists tried their hand at yarn wrapping this week! We wrapped twigs using various coloured yarns, adding beads as we went. The twigs make a lovely table centrepiece when stood together in a vase!


Violet & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists also had a go at yarn wrapping. As well as wrapping twigs, we created wrapped wire sculptures using aluminium wire and pipe cleaners. Some of us chose to link to last week’s typography project and create words!

Term 1 Week 6

Amber Class

This week, Amber class had a visit from two of our Bronze Arts Award students! The students are working towards Part D of the award which involves sharing their skills, and they chose to run a workshop for one of our younger classes. Amber class had a lovely time learning how to decorate pebbles using acrylic paints and Posca pens!


Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists are working on an assemblage project. This week, we chose elements that we would like to include in our assembled sculptures, and used acrylic paint and glitter to decorate them. Next week we’ll be investigating different ways to join the elements together.


Magenta Class

This week, Magenta class investigated the work of Australian artist Rachel Castle. We looked at examples of her work (see below), then used felt shapes to create our own versions. We came up with some very colourful designs!


Violet & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists also looked at Rachel Castle’s work, in particular her typographic work (see below). We then chose a word or phrase to work with, and sketched it out on paper before cutting the letters from felt. It was quite fiddly work which took a lot of patience, but the results are looking lovely!

Term 1 Week 5

Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists have been considering line as an element of art this week. We experimented with different forms of continuous lines including zig zags, wavy lines and curved lines, and invented repeating patterns using shapes, letters and numbers. We chose our favourite lines and patterns to create a design for a rug using Sharpies and oil pastels. We then added further elements of line by gluing lengths of wool to our designs. We got some lovely results!


Amber & Magenta Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists had a go at weaving onto a pin board this week! We tried out some different patterns on our individual boards before deciding which one to go for. We also made a large scale group weaving!


Violet and Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists completed their Lake District inspired textiles pieces this week! We added some more embroidered details, then used soft pastels to add further areas of colour and texture. The results look lovely! 

Term 1 Week 4

Our reception to year 4 classes have been having a go at wet felting this week! We each made a piece of handmade felt using wool roving in different colours. It was a very wet and soapy process, and we got some lovely results! 

Amber Class

Turquoise Class


Magenta Class


Our year 5 and 6 artists have been continuing with their textiles pieces based on artist Lynne Chapman’s Lake District inspired work. This week, we embroidered details onto our watercolour backgrounds in order to add texture and interest.

Violet Class


Emerald Class

Term 1 Week 3

Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists investigated the work of Australian designer Rachel Castle (see examples below). We identified the various shapes that Castle uses in her designs, then warmed up by using sharpies to draw patterns using only circles, semi circles and rectangles. We then created compositions using felt circles and rectangles- we each came up with different ways to combine them to make interesting images. Finally, we made pictures using precut sticky felt shapes!



Amber & Magenta Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists continued with their work based on Lynne Chapman’s rust inspired textiles piece (see last week’s post for examples of Lynne’s work). We fixed the pieces of cotton we produced last week into embroidery hoops, then tried out different stitches to add detail to our work. We achieved some very rusty looking final results!


Violet & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists continued with their project inspired by Lynne Chapman’s Lake District textiles work. Working from last weeks’ pastel studies, we sketched out our chosen landscape onto a piece of cotton stretched over a board. We used watercolours to fill in the basic areas of colour, then added texture using smaller brush strokes. We will be continuing with this project next week, adding further detail through the addition of organza and embroidery. They’re looking lovely so far!

Term 1 Week 2

Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists have been investigating Process Art this week. We experimented with the ways in which different media interact with one another to produce interesting effects- we combined gel glue, PVA glue, hot melt glue, salt, Brusho inks and pieces of wool in lots of different ways. We particularly enjoyed adding salt to a pattern drawing in glue, then touching the salt with Brusho and watching the ink get drawn into the patterns!

Amber & Magenta Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists have been looking at some textiles work by artist and illustrator Lynne Chapman- in particular a piece inspired by photos of rust (see below). We looked at examples of rust, both real and photographic, discussing the colours and textures we could see. We then used a variety of media (soft pastels, watercolour, coloured crayons, graphite, metallic wax crayons and charcoal) to make a piece of fabric look as rusty as possible. Next week we will be adding some embroidered details!


Violet & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists also looked at some of Lynne Chapman’s textiles work. We discussed in particular a piece inspired by some soft pastel drawings Lynne completed on location in the Lake District (see below). We practised mark making and blending techniques using soft pastels, then worked on a pastel drawing of our own, using a photo of the Lake District as reference. Next week we’ll begin recreating our drawings using different kinds of fabric.

Term 1 Week 1

We’ve had a lovely first week back after the summer! Our focus this term is on textiles. We’ll be investigating various contemporary textile artists such as Lynne Chapman and Rachel Castle, and having a go at different techniques including weaving, wet felting, assemblage and embroidery. We’ll produce individual and collaborative two and three dimensional pieces inspired by different artists, using yarn, wool, cotton, canvas and other materials. 

This week, each class had a go at circle weaving. We threaded wool onto a cardboard circle in a star shape, then wove different colours around in a spiral pattern. We finished off our woven piece using soft pastels. We got some lovely results!

Amber Class

Turquoise Class

Magenta Class

Violet Class

Emerald Class

Summer Holiday Workshops

We’ve had a lovely couple of weeks of workshops! A big THANK YOU to our fabulous visiting artists (Sam Hope, Clare Turner, Lee Mason and Rose Croft), and of course to our fantastic students! We hope you had a wonderful time.

Here’s what we’ve been up to… (Please click on a photo to enlarge)

Mandala Pebbles with Sam Hope

Sam showed us how to create beautiful Mandala-style patterns onto pebbles using cotton buds, cocktail sticks and acrylic paint. The results were really effective, and looked especially lovely once varnished!

Tuesday Session

Thursday Session


Watercolour Skies with Clare Turner (Paisley Art)

Clare showed us how to create atmospheric skies using different watercolour techniques. The results were really effective!

Clare’s Facebook page- Paisley Art


Charcoal Trees with Clare Turner (Paisley Art)

We learned two different techniques for creating trees using charcoal, achieving some stunning results!


Painting in Virtual Reality with Lee Mason

Wednesday Session

These sessions were so exciting! The students picked up the technique very quickly and were soon producing fantastic three-dimensional virtual art. They particularly enjoyed the sound effects, and the fact that they could teleport around their virtual space to see their artwork from different angles. The photos of the laptop screens show a glimpse of what the students could see, but they really don’t do it justice!

Lee’s website-

Monday 2:30pm Session

Monday 5:00pm Session


Mosaic Flower Pots with Sam Hope

We decorated flower pots and coasters using lots of different glass tiles, beads and buttons. They looked lovely when they were finished!


Giacometti Figures with Ellie

We made sculptures based on the work of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti using lolly sticks, wire and tin foil. The students came up with some brilliant poses and the results were very effective!


Circle Weaving with Rose Croft

We used coloured yarn and different beads to create wonderful woven patterns. The students got the hang of it quickly and produced some wonderful work!

Rose’s website-