Arts Award

Sapphire Class- Bronze Arts Award

Sapphire class took part in a workshop run by the wonderful Clare from Paisley Art this week! We learned how to create beautiful beetles using inks- we especially enjoyed using pearlescent colours to add a shimmery quality to our work.

Clare runs wonderful adult art classes- you can find out more about them on her Facebook page, Paisley Art.

A big thank you to Clare for visiting- we really enjoyed the session!

Term 6 Week 3

This week, all of our students have been working on a collective project inspired by the architectural artwork of Austrian-born New Zealand artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. We investigated some of his colourful painted buildings (see below), then began creating our own mini houses inspired by his work, using cardboard boxes and offcuts. Our individual houses will then come together to create one big building!

Our studio assistant, William the basset hound, also made an appearance this week- you can spot him in some of the photos!

 

Amber & Turquoise Class

 

Magenta & Violet Class

 

Emerald Class

 

Arts Award

Cyan Class- Bronze Arts Award

Cyan class have been researching American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly for part C of the Bronze Arts Award. We made some sculptures of our own inspired by his work. We used painted acetate sheets, which we cut into different shapes and threaded onto skewers. We got some beautiful results!

You can find out about Chihuly’s work on his website.

 

Term 6 Week 2

Amber & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists worked on their collaborative Chihuly inspired sculpture this week. We cut the painted plastic bottles into spirals, then each student used a glue gun to fix their bottle onto a board. We’ll be hanging it from the ceiling for our exhibition on 8th July!

 

We also watched a video about Chihuly’s expressive drawing style, for which he used up to 50 pencils at once, and then had a go ourselves. You can watch the video below.

 

Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists finished off their Chihuly inspired bowls this week. We used a heat gun to melt the plastic into wavy shapes, emulating Chihuly’s glass bowl series. It was really fun to watch the plastic start to change form- we never quite knew what it was going to do so every bowl was a surprise!

 

Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists continued with their Chihuly inspired sculptures. We cut the painted acetate sheets we prepared last week into different shapes, then threaded them onto a skewer. It was a very effective process- we got some beautiful results!

 

Maroon Class

We had a visit from illustrator Craig Pattrick this week! Craig showed us lots of his development sketches and talked about the importance of perseverance when designing new characters. He also showed us some of his fantastic plasticine sculptures, and we had a go at making a Minion!

You can find out about Craig and his work on his website.

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Indigo Class

Our Silver Arts Award group have been working very hard on Unit 1 of the award over the last few months, planning and completing an arts challenge. We identified a challenge that appealed to everyone- to produce an illustrated poetry anthology as a group. This allowed us each to develop our personal skills in a chosen medium, whilst also working collaboratively to produce our anthology.

We would like to share our finished pages with you- we are really pleased with the result, and the printed version looks great!

Arts Award

Our three Arts Award groups are hard at work again this term! Our Silver level group, Indigo class, are working towards Unit 1 Part D, which involves researching artists, arts organisations, training opportunities and career progression. Cyan class are also researching artists who inspire them for Part C of the Bronze level award.

Sapphire class are working on Part B of the Bronze award, for which they will be experiencing various art events including exhibitions and workshops- this week we visited the Tate Modern and National Gallery in London and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, all through the magic of virtual reality!

Term 6 Week 1

We were excited to start the new term this week! We’ll be focusing on sculpture for the next few weeks, investigating various artists and using a variety of materials.

Our artist inspiration this week is American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Each class has been investigating his work and are producing their own artwork inspired by what we’ve seen.

You can find out more about Chihuly on his website, here.

 

Amber & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists looked at Chihuly’s large scale installations. We are going to work on a collaborative sculpture, using plastic bottles to emulate the look of the glass in Chihuly’s designs. Each artist painted a bottle which we will transform into spirals next week- Amber class mixed reds and yellows, and Turquoise used yellows and blues.

 

Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists looked at examples of Chihuly’s Macchia and Persians series. We are using plastic plates to create our own versions of Chihuly’s colourful asymmetric bowls. This week we used sharpies to draw patterns onto the bowls; next week we’ll be using heat to alter their shape! 

 

Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists investigated Chihuly’s Rotolo series, which features long, twisted glass forms. This week we painted sheets of acetate using acrylic paint, emulating the coloured glass in Chihuly’s work. Next week we’ll be cutting and arranging the acetate to create sculptures inspired by the Rotolo artwork.

Term 5 Week 6

Here’s what we’ve been up to in the final week of term. We’ve enjoyed trying out lots of different collage techniques and materials! Next term we’ll be focusing on sculpture. 

Amber & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 classes became robot designers this week! We invented different kinds of robot by arranging pieces of cardboard onto a background. We painted the parts gold using acrylic paint. We then used a variety of metallic card shapes, washers and rivets to add detail to our collages. We added mechanical drawings in the background using metallic crayons. We got some great results!

 

Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists built on their Picasso-inspired portrait work from last week. They started with an angled face shape, adding features cut from cardboard. They painted their portraits in acrylics, taking ideas from some of Picasso’s Cubist paintings. They also added some extra details using lolly sticks and pipe cleaners!

 

Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists continued with their Matisse-inspired collages. Last week, following Matisse’s working processes, they painted sheets of paper using Gouache. This week, they cut organic shapes from the painted paper to create collages inspired by natural forms. They created some lovely designs!

Term 5 Week 5

Amber & Turquoise Class

This week our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists built nests! We talked about the purpose of nests and what they need to be able to provide for the eggs and the young birds. We discussed the properties of various materials, choosing hard, spiky materials for the outside of the nests for protection, and soft, warm materials for the interior. Our eggs looked very cosy!

 

Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists investigated Cubism this week. We looked at examples of portraits by Pablo Picasso, noting his use of bright colours and how the features are often distorted. We collected together drawings of eyes, noses and mouths taken from some of Picasso’s paintings, then chose our favourites to assemble into a portrait of our own. We added colour using oil pastel and wax crayon.

 

Emerald Class

This week our year 5 and 6 class investigated the collage work of Henri Matisse (see examples). Matisse was a prolific painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor, turning to his ‘cut-out’ technique later in life when age and mobility affected him. We learned about his process of cutting shapes from paper which had been painted with gouache by his studio assistants, and talked about the organic and geometric shapes we could see. We spent time preparing our own coloured papers, painting them with gouache and watercolour paint. We added some patterns and textures to our papers too.

Unfortunately Ellie forgot to take any photos as we were so engrossed in the task! We’ll get some next week 🙂

Arts Award

Sapphire Class- Bronze Arts Award

Sapphire class had a go at encaustic art this week! We learnt how to apply molten wax to special paper using a craft iron, trying various techniques to get different effects. It was tricky to get the hang of but we ended up with some great results!