Term 1 Week 7

This was the last week of our first term- it feels like it’s gone really quickly! Here’s what we’ve been up to…

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists looked at examples of George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog paintings. We practised drawing our own blue dog characters, then used a variety of blue tones to paint them. We got some lovely results!

 

Amber & Magenta Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists produced some wonderful Blue Dog paintings too!

 

Violet Class

Violet class finished their Jasper Johns-inspired canvases this week, and then produced Autumnal paintings inspired by ‘Avenue of Poplars’ by Van Gogh.

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists continued with their Jean Michel Basquiat-inspired self portraits.

Silver Arts Award

Sapphire Class

This week our Silver Arts Award group visited Stamford Arts Centre to see the Welland Valley Arts Society’s exhibition. There was a wide variety of work on display- each student chose one or two pieces that particularly stood out for them, and we will be writing reviews of the exhibition for Unit 1 Part C of the award.

Term 1 Week 6

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists added their initials to our Jasper Johns-inspired canvases today! We created a stencil using card and painted around it to make the letter. We then produced some colourful lions using our primary and secondary colours!

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists added their initial to their canvases too. We then looked at ‘Avenue of Poplars’ by Vincent Van Gogh, and talked about one point perspective. We created our own versions of the painting and used autumnal colours in the Impressionist style to add leaves to our images.

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists also added their initials to their canvases. We then looked at examples of work by Jean Michel Basquiat and started to create our own self portraits based on his work.

 

 

Term 1 Week 5

This week, each class produced a small canvas inspired by the Alphabet painting below, by Jasper Johns. We used mainly primary colours, as seen in the example. Next week we will produce stencils of the initial of our first names and then use a small amount of additional paint to create the letter on the canvas. When we put them all together they will form a giant collaborative homage to Jasper Johns!

Alphabet, 1959

Maroon & Turquoise Class

 

Amber & Magenta Class

 

Jade & Emerald Class

 

Violet Class

Violet class finished off their Hundertwasser-inspired collages this week- we think they look wonderful! Next week they’ll produce their canvases for the group project.

Arts Award News

Teal Class

Teal class are working towards their Explore level Arts Award, part of which involves finding out about an artist. This week we visited the wonderful studio of Northborough based printmaker John McGowan! John talked to us about different printmaking processes and where he gets his inspiration from. He then showed us around his studio and described how different types of print are made. We took some notes and photos which we will record in our log books next week.

A big thank you to John for such a lovely talk!

Term 1 Week 4

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists created some messy Jackson Pollock inspired artwork this week! We watched a video about Pollock’s techniques, the used spinges, toothbrushes and our hands to create spattered patterns. We also had a go at using extended paintbrushes!

 

Amber Class

Amber class were taught this week by two of our Bronze Arts Award students, who came to run a workshop as part of the skills share element of the Bronze course. They introduced the group to the work of Keith Haring and the students created some large scale Haring-inspired doodles inside outlines of their bodies! They then worked on drawing expressive lines, chosen to represent different emotions such as happiness, fear, excitement and nervousness. The class really enjoyed the session!

 

Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists tried painting with extended paintbrushes this week! We used masking tape to fix paintbrushes onto bamboo canes, then used them to produce some large scale abstract designs. It was interesting to see the effect this had on the way we controlled the brushes, and how much harder it was. We also tried painting portraits using toothbrushes and sponges, and then again while holding the paintbrushes with our feet!

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists had an equally messy session working with extended paintbrushes, hands and feet! 

 

Cyan & Indigo Class

Our Key Stage 3 and 4 artists built on the skills they’d learnt in previous sessions to create a painting of a ceramic object. We chose white objects so that the subtle differences in tone were more apparent and so that we weren’t distracted by having to think about colour or pattern. We started off by mixing four tones of grey in addition to black and white. We produced an underpainting first, sketching out the basic forms in the palest grey. We then highlighted the lightest area of our painting, followed by blocking in the darkest areas, and then finished by adding the midtones. 

Term 1 Week 3

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists discussed the colourful abstract paintings of Howard Hodgkin and Anthony Frost. We talked about the primary and secondary colours we could see, and how both artists use bold geometric shapes in their work. We created a collaged background using primary coloured cardboard pieces, then mixed secondary colours to paint over the top to produce our own designs inspired by the artists’ work.

 

Amber, Magenta & Violet Class

Our year 3 and 4 artists used the warm and cool co,lour painted papers they had prepared last week to create collages inspired by the art of Hundertwasser. We looked at examples of his paintings and discussed the various recurring features we could see before incorporating them into our own work. We got some lovely results!

 

Jade & Emerald Class

Our year 5 and 6 artists finished their beautiful peacocks this week. We think they look lovely!

 

Cyan & Indigo Class

Our Key Stage 3 and 4 classes continued with learning basic skills in oil paint. We painted over the underpaintings of spheres that we made last week, concentrating on giving the illusion of a three dimensional object by thinking about the direction of light and shadow. We also practised using palette knives to apply the paint, and mixing with solvent to create drip effects. Next week we’ll start to use some of these techniques to develop a more finished image.

Term 1 Week 2

This week was our first full week of the new term and a very busy one, with all twelve classes up and running! 

Maroon & Turquoise Class

Our reception, year 1 and year 2 artists learnt how to mix different types of green this week. We started with two primary colours- yellow and blue- and experimented with adding different amounts of each to produce a variety of hues. We also used white to create different tints. We used all the different greens to create a leafy background for some lovely owl characters!