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!