Arts Award

Cerise Class

Our current Bronze Arts Award group have been working on a project inspired by George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog series! Each student chose an animal to paint onto canvas using tones of blue, then used bright colours to create an abstract background. We got some lovely results!

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. 

Silver Arts Award

Sapphire Class

This week our Silver Arts Award group visited Stamford Arts Centre to see the Welland Valley Arts Society’s exhibition. There was a wide variety of work on display- each student chose one or two pieces that particularly stood out for them, and we will be writing reviews of the exhibition for Unit 1 Part C of the award.

Arts Award News

Teal Class

Teal class are working towards their Explore level Arts Award, part of which involves finding out about an artist. This week we visited the wonderful studio of Northborough based printmaker John McGowan! John talked to us about different printmaking processes and where he gets his inspiration from. He then showed us around his studio and described how different types of print are made. We took some notes and photos which we will record in our log books next week.

A big thank you to John for such a lovely talk!

Arts Award


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!

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!


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!

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.’


Arts Award

Cerise Class

Cerise class are currently working towards their Explore level Arts Award. Last week we enjoyed a trip to Stamford Arts Centre to see the current exhibition, which features arftwork made using the unusual medium of cement! The visit formed part of the group’s research into arts organisations.

This week we were visited by the brilliant urban artist Korp! Korp talked to us about his career and showed us some of his work. We then learned how to doodle a variety of characters. We really enjoyed the session!

Korp runs brilliant urban art workshops over at his studio in Hampton- you can find out more on his Facebook page and website.