Term 3 Week 4

Amber & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists took prints from the printing plates we made last week using craft foam. We started off using single colours, before moving on to using multiple colours on the same print. We learned how to produce a clear print by judging the amount of ink we needed to use, and applying an appropriate amount of pressure to the plate before lifting it off the paper. We made eight prints each- it was a busy session! We chose our most successful print to share with the group and described why we had chosen it.


Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 classes made prints from their printing plates too. We used single colours to start with, then experimented with combining two or three colours in different ways. We got some really successful prints!


Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists used a variety of colours of ink to produce multiple prints from their typographic designs. The prints came out brilliantly, and the printing plates themselves looked really creative! We also printed two versions of the animal drawings we produced on polystyrene sheets last week. Next week we’ll be printing a second layer onto these in a contrasting colour.

Term 3 Week 3

Amber & Turquoise Class

This week our reception and year 1 and 2 artists created a different kind of printing plate. We investigated the work of Henri Matisse, then cut shapes from craft foam inspired by Matisse’s collaged images. We arranged the shapes on a piece of mountboard to create an interesting composition. Some of us included our names or initials, which was tricky as we had to make sure the letters were backwards so that they will print out forwards! Next week we will produce prints from our plates.


Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists spent some time assembling their cityscapes this week. We arranged our prints onto the painted backgrounds in layers to give a sense of depth before sticking them in place. Some of us swapped prints with others so that we had a variety of buildings within our pictures. The results were really effective!

We then cut letters from craft foam and used PVA glue to fix them onto a piece of mountboard to form a printing plate. We took care to make sure the letters and words were all mirror image so that they will print out the right way round. We’ll be making prints from them next week.


Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists continued with their typography printing plates this week. We have been working on some intricate wording which required a lot of skill and patience with the scissors! Next week we’ll be making prints from them.

Arts Award

Cyan Class

Our Explore Arts Award group have started working on Part C of the award, which involves completing a personal project to show off their creativity. Last week was spent planning and preparing for the project. We have a mixture of painting, toymaking and knitting on the go! The project will run over the course of two weeks, after which the students will be presenting their work to the group.


Indigo Class

Indigo class have started their Silver awards- a big undertaking! Silver level is the equivalent of a higher grade GCSE and will take us a whole school year to complete. This term we’re working towards Part 1A, which involves planning and preparing for an in depth project chosen by the students. So far we’ve been organising the way in which we will be recording our progress and reflecting on our creative strengths and weaknesses. We discussed possible projects and looked at some examples of anthologies as a possible route to take.



Term 3 Week 2

Amber and Turquoise Class

This week our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists used their polystyrene printing plates from last week to create images using block printing ink. We got some great results! We learnt about different kinds of printing blocks and had a go with wooden blocks, rubber blocks, linocut plates and foam shapes.


Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists created backgrounds for their printed cityscapes from last week. We used wax resist techniques to portray clouds, then added a variegated wash using Brusho paint. We discussed warm and cool colours, using warm colours to show a sunset sky and cool colours to suggest a night time scene.


Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists continued with their typography projects. We drew out our designs onto craft foam then carefully cut the letters out. It took a lot of patience! We’ll be finishing them next week.


Maroon Class

In Maroon class we’re working on some drawing techniques. This week we experimented with tone and texture using a variety of media, including graphite, charcoal, wax resist and watercolour. The resulting drawing was full of energy!

Term 3 Week 1

We’ve had a lovely first week back after the holidays! Term 3 at Art Stars will focus on printmaking. We’ll be learning a variety of techniques including lino printing, polystyrene block printing, etching and collograph blocks. Our artists will develop their skills in design, typography and repeating pattern as well as their fine motor skills, and we’ll be inspired by local printmakers such as John McGowan and Carry Akroyd.

Amber & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists had a go at some printmaking using washable markers. We used biros to draw designs based on last term’s Leroy Nieman inspired lions onto polystyrene sheets. We then added colour using the pens, before printing the image onto paper. We dampened the paper with sponges before printing to allow the colour to transfer successfully. We got some interesting results!


Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists started a two week printing project. We created a city skyline in our sketchbooks by drawing a series of horizontal and vertical lines, adding windows, doors and roofs. We then recreated our designs onto polystyrene sheets, before rolling printing ink onto our printing plates. We made several prints in black ink onto different coloured paper.


Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists have been investigating typography. We looked at examples of typographic posters, then chose a word or quote to produce a design for. We created a layout by sketching blocks into which we fit the words. Next week we will be producing a printing plate of our typographic design.