Term 3 Week 6

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists swapped projects with our year 3 and 4 students this week! It was our turn to create some beautiful forests to showcase our markmaking and collage skills. We invented some lovely patterns!

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

It was the turn of our year 3 and 4 artists to work on collages inspired by Paul Klee’s ‘Chateau et Soleil’. As well as using the precut squares and triangles, we used scissors to cut smaller shapes in order to create more intricate and detailed designs.

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists investigated tonal value this week. We warmed up by completing tone activities, using graphite to achieve a variety of tones through shading, hatching and cross hatching. The students were then challenged to create a collage using newspaper, with the aim of achieving a variety of tone in their piece. 

Unfortunately Ellie forgot to take photos… here are some pieces we were using a inspiration though 🙂

Term 3 Week 5

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists investigated the work of Paul Klee. We looked at his painting ‘Chateau et Soleil’ (Castle and Sun) and discussed the shapes and colours we could see. We then created our own interpretations of the painting using squares and triangles of coloured paper.

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Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists experimented with mark making to produce these ‘enchanted forest’ illustrations. We got some great variations in how trees can be represented!

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists completed their decoupaged masks this week. We used strips cut from magazines to cover the mask and background, then chose specific letters, words and images to represent aspects of our personalities. We got some great results!

Term 3 Week 4

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists have been using strips cut from magazines to create collaged animals! 

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists used the magazine strips to create a background, then worked on creating positive and negative silhouettes from black card. Amber class focused on animal silhouettes, whereas Magenta and Violet worked on trees. The results looked very effective!

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists used the magazine strips to decoupage masks! This week we worked on getting a good first layer on as a base. We’re going to continue with this project next week, adding words and specific images to reflect our personalities.

Term 3 Week 3

Maroon & Turquoise Class

This week, our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists completed their mixed media portraits! We practised drawing our own faces in our sketchbooks, using a mirror to help. We then painted a large scale version onto our collaged backgrounds using black acrylic paint. We added white acrylic highlights in the eyes, and finally used diluted paint to make the background paler so that our portraits stood out. The results looked great! 

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists completed their Chris Ofili inspired layered paintings this week. We looked at examples of Ofili’s work (see below) and practised drawing patterns in his style. We then used a mixture of fine and medium brushes to add a layer of pattern over our collaged backgrounds. 

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists completed their collaged self portraits. Last week they sketched out a rough portrait onto green card before tracing over it in more detail onto acetate using permanent markers. This week they continued to add elements of collage to the green card, using the acetate as an overlay. There were some really different approaches to the task, which was very interesting and added variety to our gallery!

 

Cerise Class

Our Explore Arts Award students have been busy working on their self directed projects for Part C of the award. They’ll be reflecting on the outcomes next week and recording their progress in their Arts logs. 

Term 3 Week 2

This week our artists got to work transforming their coloured, textured and patterned paper produced last week into a collage!

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists tore their papers into pieces and chose interesting combinations to glue onto their card. We used PVA glue, adding a layer over the top of each piece to ensure that it stuck down well and to give it a shiny finish. We’ll be using our collages as a background for a painted portrait, which is next week’s job!

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists also made colourful collages to use as backgrounds for a painted piece of work. We are going to be investigating the layered abstract work of Chris Ofili and producing our own interpretations over the top of our collages.

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists used their collage materials to start a two week portrait project. We refreshed our memories of proportions of a face, using guidelines to position the facial features. We drew our portraits onto card, then traced them onto acetate using marker pens. We worked onto the card in collage, building up areas of our faces using different colours and patterns. Next week we’ll continue with this stage, before overlaying the black outline to finish off the piece.

Term 3 Week 1

Happy New Year! We’ve had a very busy first week back after the festive break. The focus this term is on collage- this week, each class has been working hard producing lots of different textured, coloured and patterned papers ready to use in our first collage project. We drew to music, interpreting different pieces using various media. We got lots of really interesting results!

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Reception, year 1 and year 2 artists.

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Year 3 and year 4 artists.

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Year 5 and year 6 artists.

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 🙂

Term 5 Week 4

Amber & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists investigated tessellation. We talked about which shapes tessellate and which don’t, and discussed examples of patterns made using different shapes. We looked at photos of honeycomb, then used hexagons to make our own tessellated patters inspired by the bees’ work. We also made some different designs using tangrams!