Arts Award Success!

A HUGE congratulations to our latest cohort of Arts Award students! We were delighted to present four Bronze and five Silver certificates last week. This was the first time we have delivered the Silver level, which is an accredited qualification equivalent to a higher grade GCSE, and the group worked hard over the course of a whole school year to complete each unit ☺️ We have now awarded a total of 22 Discover, 15 Explore, 14 Bronze (with another ten students currently working towards this) and 5 Silver Awards since Art Stars began three years ago. We’re so proud of all our students! 

Bronze and Silver Presentation

Arts Award- Visit to Stamford Arts Centre

Cerise Class

On Tuesday 26th March, Cerise class visited Stamford Arts Centre to see an exhibition called ‘Textured Compositions’, featuring work by artists Emma Burt and Tony Nero. The visit was for Part B of the Bronze award, which involves participants attending arts events as part of the audience. Each student took notes as they viewed the artwork on display, then wrote a review back at the studio.

We were excited to get the opportunity to speak to Emma and Tony, who were on hand to tell us more about their work and to answer our questions!

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Our Reviews


‘We went to see an exhibition called Textured Compositions, which had work made by Emma Burt plus Tony Nero. It featured Emma’s textiles work such as weaving, printing- also Tony’s paintings.

‘When we went to Stamford Arts Centre I had many favourites but I chose to have my picture taken with these two (see photo below) as I liked Emma’s textiles work. I like the way she produces her work which is by taking a photo, then sketching, printing and then finally weaving. She likes to take photos of lichen and other things. The weaving is called Under the Sea and the top hoop is called Sunset Hoop. 

‘When we went to the exhibition my first impressions were all the lovely vibrant colours which were around the room, also the set out of the art. The photos were arranged so that you could see them clearly and also so they were more impactful and noticeable.

‘At the exhibition there were may pieces that stood out from the rest. These were;

Sunset Hoop by Emma Burt which was an embroidered sunset which I liked because of the textures and colours.

In The Thick Of It because it was a birch landscape which looked natural and was very clear of what it was. This piece of art was made by Tony Nero.

Rush by Tony Nero was a dramatic seascape- it caught my eye because of its colours and the beauty of it.

New Life by Tony Nero was a painting with natural items incorporated into it.

Coral and Starfish by Emma Burt was a weaving which had blues and peachy colours- it looked really beautiful.

Under the Sea by Emma Burt was a weaving which was all bluey colours and also was beautiful, and in addition it actually looked like the sea.

‘The theme to this exhibition was texture because of Emma’s weaving and Tony’s application of paint. This exhibition was different to ones I had seen as it had more than one art style and type of art so it makes each piece of art you look at unique.’




‘On the 26th April, we visited an exhibition on Textured Compositions featuring two artists: Emma Burt and Tony Nero. 

‘This was my favourite piece of work (see photo below). It was a portrait drawn by Tony Nero. This stood out for me because it was so detailed and realistic. Another favourite was produced by Emma Burt. This was one of my favourites because I loved the colours she used and then the darker coloured detail on top.

‘I really enjoyed the Stamford Arts Centre. This is because we got to see lots of different artwork that was very inspiring. Also, I enjoyed meeting the artists as they were very nice and lovely to talk to, they really explained how they produced their artwork or whether it was challenging. Moreover, I loved the way the gallery was laid out because the colours really contrasted well with each other, and it was very spaced out and clean.’




‘The exhibition was Textured Compositions, and we visited on 26th March 2019. The artists were Emma Burt and Tony Nero.

‘My first impressions when I arrived were how random the paintings were. I was expecting them all to be the dame kind of paintings. I think the paintings were arranged like that to make you think and look. A particular work of art that stood out was Golden Impact because the colours contrast and stand for happy (gold) and anger (red). A second favourite of mine was Taste of Envy because of the hidden face like she was hiding from who she was jealous of. I thought the theme was abstract but it was actually texture. This exhibition was more modernly rustic than others I have seen. I think it could have been improved by the artists writing more underneath the paintings about what inspired them to do that one.

‘This is my favourite- it was called Golden Impact (see photo below). I liked it because the gold made me think of a fake smile and the red is the true anger behind it.’




‘We visited Stamford Arts Centre on 26th April to see Textured Compositions with Emma Burt and Tony Nero. It really caught your eye and it was really bright. The artwork was in sections- I liked the theme of it because it was so busy and had so much detail. The theme was textiles and paint. I’ve never seen anything like this, and I wouldn’t want to change anything about it.

‘My favorite one was a portrait (see photo below)- I liked that art because it really drew your eye to it, and with the green lips had a splash of colour!’

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‘We went to see some artwork by Emma Burt and Tony Nero at Stamford Arts Centre. My first impressions were that I saw lots of colours and random pictures. I think they were arranged that way to get our attention.

This is the one I chose as my favourite (see photo below)- it’s an abstract picture with lots of reds and oranges. I chose it because it stood out to me as it’s very colourful- also I really liked the texture. It is very interesting and different.’


Term 4 Week 6

Maroon & Turquoise Class

This week, our reception, year 1 and year 2 students had a go at monoprinting! We covered boards in tin foil, brushed them with ready mixed paint, then used a cotton bud to draw a design into the surface of the paint. We laid a piece of paper over the top to create a print.


Amber, Magenta & Turquoise Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists printed their polystyrene tiles produced last week, which were inspired by Islamic tile designs. We practised printing them in a radial pattern, then created a colourful background for our final design using soft pastels. 


Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists worked on their polystyrene tiles from last week, taking out more of the design, before printing the second and third layers of their reduction block print. The results looked really effective!

Term 4 Week 5

Maroon & Turquoise Class

This week, our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists learned how to create prints of fish using polystyrene tiles. We drew different patterns into the surface of the polystyrene using pencils. We rolled block printing ink on to our fish, then pressed them down onto paper. We got some lovely results!


Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists printed from their Jasper Johns inspired printing plates which we made last week. We did a few practise prints before creating our final prints onto the colourful backgrounds we’d prepared.


Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists finished off printing from their etched CDs. We then made polystyrene prints of different beetles and moths. This week we printed the first layer- next week, we’ll work into our polystyrene tiles some more and print a second layer over the top to create a reduction block print.

Term 4 Week 4

Maroon & Turquoise Class

This week, our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists created printing plates using precut foam shapes. We warmed up by discussing symmetry and drawing a symmetrical design in our sketchbooks using different patterns and shapes. We then chose foam shapes to stick to a board in a symmetrical pattern. We inked up our printing plates using rollers and block printing ink, then printed our designs onto a variety of coloured papers. We produced some lovely, bold prints!



Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists created printing plates inspired by the work of Jasper Johns (see example). We discussed his painting ‘Zero Through Nine’ and spotted the different numbers hidden in the image. We created our own versions using oil pastels and watercolour. We then produced a typographical printing plate using letters, numbers and shapes cut from mountboard. Next week we will be printing from them!



Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists printed from their etched CDs this week! We used pieces of scrim to rub etching ink into the scratches we created last week on the CDs’ surface. We then used a clean piece of scrim to wipe away the ink on the surface, leaving only the scratches. We dampened a piece of cartridge paper and placed it over the CD on the bed of the printing press, then rolled it through. We got some really clear, bold results!


Term 4 Week 3

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists have been investigating printmaking using a variety of objects from around the studio. We discovered several objects that create different sized circles, from which we could create concentric designs. After experimenting with producing different shapes, we used them to create a design in two colours. 


Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists worked on a similar project. We concentrated on producing clear, whole prints from the objects, and considered placement of objects when planning our final compositions. We were inspired by architectural designs.


Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists started a two week drypoint intaglio printmaking project. We had a demonstration of how prints are made using the technique of scratching an image into a surface, rubbing ink into the scratches and using a printing press to produce an image. We then spent some time creating our own designs in our sketchbooks, before using etching tools to scratch into the surface of a CD. Next week we’ll use the CD images to produce prints!