Arts Award Explore

Indigo class got their main projects underway this week, after spending last week’s session planning and preparing. Each student was free to choose the direction they wanted to take with their project, depending on their interests. We have paper sculpting, acrylic portrait painting, a papier mâché coastline and a portrait drawing project on the go!

We’re going to be working on our main projects over three weeks- watch this space to see our progress!

Arts Award Explore

This week Indigo class met illustrator Craig Pattrick. Craig specialises in plasticine sculpture, and has run fab holiday workshops with Art Stars in the past! Craig took part in a Q & A session, with the students asking questions in order to complete an artist profile as part of their Arts Award. He spoke about how he became an illustrator, and where the inspiration came from for the characters in his picture book. He then showed us some techniques for sculpting in plasticine, and we had a go at creating our own characters using Craig’s set of dentist tools! 

You can see more of Craig’s work on his website, Craig Pattrick Illustration

 We also screen printed the third layer of our Marcus Walters inspired designs.

Arts Award Explore

Indigo Class continued with their screen prints based on British designer Marcus Walters’ work. We produced the stencil for the second layer, which involved more fiddly work with the craft knives! We each printed the second layer onto our prints from last week, taking care to align the screen correctly with the image underneath. We also prepared the third stencil ready for next week’s final round of screen printing. The students are really getting to grips with the process now and worked independently and in pairs.

Arts Award Explore

This week in Indigo class, we produced a stencil for the first layer of our screen print design inspired by Marcus Walters. We drew the design out onto moisture resistant card, before using a craft knife to cut around the outlines. This was fiddly and required quite a lot of patience! Once our stencils were ready we attached them to the underside of a silk screen using parcel tape. We laid the screen on top of a piece of heavy duty cartridge paper, then used a squeegee to drag ink across the surface. Some of us experimented with combining colours and got some interesting results! Next week we’ll be printing the second layer of our designs.

Arts Award Explore

This week Indigo Class discussed the work of Marcus Walters, a UK based illustrator and designer working in a variety of media. We looked at some of his screen printing work (see examples below, lower four images), and used these as inspiration to come up with a three-layered design. We learnt about a technique for screen printing that uses stencils, and will be cutting and printing the first layer of our designs next week.

This project is part of the ‘Inspire’ section of Arts Award Explore- we’ll be documenting our progress and reflecting on which elements we have most enjoyed in our Arts Logs as we go.