Term 6 Week 2

This week, each class worked with clay!

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists learnt about Anthony Gormley’s ‘Field For The British Isles’ (see photo). We found out that the installation includes 40,000 handmade clay figures, made by 100 volunteers over the course of one week! We used terracotta clay to create our own figures to arrange into a miniature version. The two classes made around 170 figures between them!

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Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists discussed the ceramic work of Hilke MacIntyre. We spotted recurring elements in her work such as trees, flowers, figures, animals and weather. We learnt how to create a clay slab, then build an image from clay, making sure we stuck it down firmly using the score and slip technique.

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists looked at the work of New York based artist Diana Rojas, who makes oversized ceramic versions of designer shoes. We used air drying clay to produce our own versions, referring to our own shoes as a starting point. We then added embellishments!

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Cyan & Indigo Class

Our Key Stage 3 and 4 artists have been working on a stencil printmaking project for the last two weeks. We were inspired by the work of British designer Marcus Walters (example below). We sketched a geometric design based on his work, and thought about how we could split it into three layers in order to create three separate stencils. We cut the stencils using a craft knife, then applied paint using sponges. We got some lovely results!

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Term 6 Week 1

We’re into the final term of the school year! Term 6 at Art Stars will focus on sculpture. We’ll be working with a variety of media including plaster, cardboard, clay, willow and wood to create some three dimensional masterpieces!

This week each class created a relief sculpture from card, inspired by the work of Frank Stella (see examples). We discussed his work, talking about the different colours, shapes and textures we could see. We cut shapes from card, adding interest to them using a variety of media. We played about with composition until we were happy with our pieces, and then we experimented with different ways in which to add a 3D element to our work.

Maroon & Turquoise Class

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Term 5 Week 5

This week we worked on a typography project!

Maroon and Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists investigated different forms of hand lettering and practised writing the initial of their name in a variety of ways. We then produced our initial as a layered collage, incorporating patterns made using Posca pens. The results looked great!

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists created a typographical design using their names. We practised writing our names in different styles, inspired by examples of hand lettering. We drew some wavy lines across our page, then fit our names between the lines to create an interesting layout. We went over the pencil lines in marker pen before adding Brusho colour. The designs were really colourful!

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists spent some time finishing their mythical creatures from last week. We used soft pastel, blending colours together to create different textures. 

We then created a piece of typography work- some of us chose to work with a list of friends, and others chose words that described us or inspired us.

 

Cyan & Indigo Class

Our year 7-11 artists completed their lino printmaking project this week. We continued with our experiments in colour, and also tried reduction printing, where areas of the printing plate are taken out and another layer of ink printed over the top of the first layer. The results looked lovely!

Arts Award

SAPPHIRE CLASS

Sapphire class are currently working towards their Bronze Arts Award. As part of the award, the students are asked to experience and review different arts events as an audience member. We took part in a virtual tour of the National Gallery in London and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam; we welcomed local urban artist Korp to the studio to do a talk about his work; we visited Stamford Arts Centre to attend an exhibition by the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society. Here is another of the students’ reviews!

Term 5 Week 4

This week we worked on drawing from our imaginations!

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists became illustrators! We read a poem about a monster called The Hippocrump, and imagined what we thought the Hippocrump would look like. We used clues from the poem and our own ideas to illustrate a scene in oil pastel, pencil and watercolour. 

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists created bear characters! We warmed up by practising different facial expressions in our sketchbooks, and chose which one we’d like to use for our drawing. We created the fur textures using tiny lines and dots, which looked really effective. we then decorated the bears’ jumpers using patterns and colours. The bears looked great on their colourful backgrounds!

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists used the pastel techniques we were working on last week to develop their own mythical creatures. We warmed up by combining body parts from three different animals together to form a hybrid, which gave us some ideas for our own invented beasts. We will be continuing with our creations next week!

 

Cyan & Indigo Class

Our year 7-11 artists continued with their lino printmaking project. We tried some prints with single colours and some using a combination of colours. We got some lovely results!

Arts Award

Sapphire Class

Sapphire class are currently working towards their Bronze Arts Award. As part of the award, the students are asked to experience and review different arts events as an audience member. We took part in a virtual tour of the National Gallery in London and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam; we welcomed local urban artist Korp to the studio to do a talk about his work; we visited Stamford Arts Centre to attend an exhibition by the Stamford and Rutland Photographic Society. Here is one of the students’ reviews!

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Arts Award

Cerise Class

Our talented artists in Cerise class received their Arts Award Explore level certificates this week! They are currently working towards the Bronze level award. Congratulations!

Term 5 Week 3

This week, our classes worked with soft pastel to create some animal drawings!

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists warmed up by using soft pastels to represent different textures in their sketch books. We looked closely at some feathers and talked about the textures we could see and feel. We then created large scale pastel drawings of owls, using photographic reference as a starting point and thinking about the different mark making techniques we could use. We got some lovely results! 

 

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists experimented with mark making for texture too, and created colourful cockerels! 

 

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists created dragons’ eyes! We warmed up by following a step by step drawing in our sketchbooks, then adapted the drawing using visual reference and our own imaginations. The results were really effective! 

 

Term 5 Week 2

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists thought about how to show emotion through the lines and marks we made. We suggested different emotions and thought about what that emotion feels like, and how we might represent them visually through our choice of colours and the movements we made with the pens. We then created ’emotion portraits’, filling our faces with marks and lines in oil pastel to represent how we’ve felt at different points in the day. We added watercolour to complete our images.

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists explored the concept of representing emotion through markmaking too. We warmed up in our sketch books, imagining how different emotions could be expressed though lines and colours. We produced portraits to represent the emotions we might feel and how these emotions are often interwoven and can get quite complicated.