Term 4 Week 6- Decoupage

This week, all of our classes had a go at decoupage. This form of collage uses very thin types of paper such as tissue paper and newsprint to decorate an object. Each student had the initial of their name made from papier mache. Some of us used a special kind of decoupage paper called Decopatch, whilst others used regular tissue paper or cut pieces from comics. The results were great!

Arts Award Explore

This week our Arts Award students joined forces to share their work with each other! The presenting element forms part of the award at both Discover and Explore levels. Our two Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students have been working towards their Discover awards whilst volunteering with Amber class, and our Explore candidates joined them to discuss their work. They took turns to explain the processes they went through to complete their final projects, used post-it notes to record their thoughts about each other’s work.

 

Term 4 Week 5- Natural Materials and Tissue Paper Collages

Amber & Turquoise Class

Our Reception, year 1 and year 2 artists made the most of the sunny weather to gather some natural materials for our tree collages this week. We drew around our hands and cut them out to make the trunk and branches of our trees, and then added a combination of natural materials and patterned paper to create the foliage.

Magenta & Violet Class

The year 3 and 4 artists grouted their mosaic coasters this week. They looked great! We’ll give them a final polish when the grout is fully dry. We also made stained glass effect collages by layering tissue paper onto a piece of acetate. We added silhouetted details using black card. The images looked really effective against the window with the light shining through them.

Maroon & Emerald Class

The year 5 and 6 artists also grouted their coasters. They did a great job! We then had a go at some 3D collage techniques, creating relief sculptures using strips of paper. The students came up with some really creative ways to manipulate the paper to make interesting structures.

Arts Award Explore

Indigo class finished off their personal projects this week. We had a relief sculpture of a coastline made from papier mâché and modroc, a collaged mood board with images collected from magazines, and an acrylic portrait on canvas. We will be reflecting on our work and sharing it with another group next week, which is an important part of the Arts Award process. 

Term 4 Week 4- Animal Portraits and Mosaics

Amber & Turquoise Class

This week the reception, year 1 and year 2 artists made collage portraits of dogs and cats, based on the work of contemporary American artist Denise Fiedler. We learnt how to make a basic dog portrait, and then used our new skills to come up with our own animals. Our creations had lots of character!

Magenta & Violet Class

This week our year 3 and 4 artists tried their hand at mosaics! We chose different colours of 2cm x 2cm glass tiles and laid them out on a paper grid to help us come up with a design for a coaster. Once we’d finalised our patterns we transferred the tiles to a piece of MDF, using PVA glue to fix them in place. The tiles come on a sheet of brown paper, the remainder of which we’ll soak off once the glue is dry. We will be finishing our mosaics off next week with grout.

Maroon & Emerald Class

The year 5 and 6 artists also created mosaic coasters, and will be finishing them off next week!

Term 4 Week 3- Food Collages

This week, each class worked on a collage in response to the fantastic designs created by artist Amber Locke. Amber arranges fruit and vegetables into vibrant compositions (see below!) In our versions, we used dried foods such as lentils, peas, seeds and pasta. 

Amber & Turquoise Class

We arranged our dried food onto hexagonal paper- our patterns looked great when we put them all together!

Magenta & Violet Class

We used the dried food to decorate various shapes cut from mountboard. We needed a lot of patience and perseverance but the results were great!

Maroon & Emerald Class

We worked on our own designs, choosing beans that we thought would work well in our images.

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!

Term 4 Week 2- Matisse and Animal Portraits

Amber & Turquoise Class

This week it was the turn of Amber and Turquoise classes to create some Matisse-inspired artwork! The students really put their fine motor skills to the test, cutting some intricate shapes with their scissors. We were really pleased with our results!

Magenta & Violet Class

In the year 3 and 4 classes we looked at the fabulous animal portraits made by American collage artist Denise Fiedler. We used pages from an old book to create the basic shapes of our own dog and cat characters, then used black paper to add details. We got some lovely results! 

You can see Denise’s lovely work on her website.

Maroon & Emerald Class

The year 5 and 6 classes also used Denise Fiedler’s collage portraits as inspiration. We came up with some great characters with a range of expressions! 

Term 4 Week 1- Abstract Paper Collages

For term 4 we will be focusing on collage! This week, we created collaged artwork based on the work of various artists.

Amber & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists started off by creating a colourful background using paper squares. We used fineliner marker pens to add details. We also discussed the work of Hungarian-French artist Victor Vasarely and made some black and white striped collages in response to his designs.

Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and year 4 students looked at the work of French artist Henri Matisse. We discussed the different elements we could see in the images, including geometric shapes, organic shapes, positive and negative shapes, repeated patterns and stylised shapes. We included each of these elements in our own collages.

Maroon & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists also looked at Matisse’s collages, and in particular his two works ‘Polynesie la Mer’ (The Sea) and ‘Le Ciel’ (The Sky). We created our own versions, first making a repeated geometric background and then cutting intricate organic shapes to lay over the top.