Monday, March 31, 2014


Yay! My first ceramic spoon! It's about 10cm long and sports a sgraffito design on the handle.

Really pleased with how it turned out but not sure what to use it for!

Friday, March 28, 2014


Confident that none of our mums read this blog, here is a sneak preview of the cards our y1's & 2's made this year for Mother's day. We hope to see them out and about on Sunday proudly wearing their badges!

Meanwhile in art club we glazed our eggcups - a simple double thumbpot design. Here they are prior to their final firing.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

'almost home'

Think I prefer the original sketch rather than the final painting!

Acrylics on paper, roughly A4 size (20x30cm).

Monday, March 24, 2014

recent stuff

Last week the art club members finished off their ceramic jewellery pieces. These are some of the pendants that they made. Destined to be mothers day presents methinks!

In y5 we papier mached our 'tiered celebration cakes'.

And finally, spotted this car on our pottery buying trip to Poland this weekend. An old Skoda painted up in a 'classic' design.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

'nother one

Over-painted another picture. A footy supporter one has been given the eyes and mouth treatment and has been shaded with crayons.

Am torn between the stark simplicity of the one on the right and the more representational one on the left.

Monday, March 17, 2014


Had a few spare moments today so added to one of last weeks paintings - eyes and mouths!

Both are acrylics on heavyweight paper, roughly A4 size (20x30cm).
Would love to know which style folk prefer - the simple, abstract one or the more realistic (!) image.

Friday, March 14, 2014

jewellery and tapestries

In art club we've been making ceramic jewellery. The children created pendants, brooches and rings.

In y3 our tapestries are continuing apace. The children were tasked with creating a symmetrical design and have been busily stitching their patterns onto hessian backings. We hope to further embellish them with beads and buttons.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


In y1 today we made moving cars as a follow-up to our 3d vehicle drawings from last week. The children had to carefully follow step by step instructions but still had freedom to add quirks of their own - see the second pic! A bit of a come-down from commanding the Death Star!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

more Polish girls

The 'new' style didn't go down too well so have painted up a couple more that might be more agreeable! Again acrylics but this time on canvas board so they can either be hung as is or propped on a shelf. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

recent stuff

A few recent pieces. First up a ceramic abstract figure designed to sit on a shelf. My wife sells Polish pottery so I painted it to tie in with a blue/white colour scheme. The hair is handmade twine tied with a ribbon. The spots are painted on after firing as they have previously 'run' when I've tried to do them with glazes.
Next, a painting (acrylic on paper, roughly A4 size) with a similar theme. This will hopefully, once framed, end up on the 'shop' wall - maybe even with a very modest price tab!

Finally, another footy piece - 'Off to the Match'. Again acrylics on heavyweight paper.

Friday, March 7, 2014


In y2 as a follow up to our colour-mixing from last week ('flames') we have been printing 'Tudor' houses. We used short lengths of wood and black paint. 
We didn't worry about printing them as a street scene as we are going to be creating the final 'Great Fire of London' pieces by collage next week. Hence the bits of buildings in this picture which, when assembled, will resemble a street of closely packed rickety wooden structures.

Thursday, March 6, 2014


In y1 (5/6 year olds) today we followed up our observational drawing from last week by creating 3d drawings of vehicles. They were guided step by step and used gridded paper to help get the lines in the right places. They drew vans, buses and lorries using cubes/cuboids as basic 'building blocks'.

I know quite a few adults who would struggle to draw a 3d bus as good as this!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Some quick paintings, acrylics on heavyweight paper (still curled a bit though), of footy supporters.  Might do a whole series of paintings in the style of selfies ie. crowded, with some folk squeezed in on the fringes. 

These are all A4 size. As you can see I stuck with the 'red' noses!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Finished the painting the other day. Thought I'd overdone it with the noses (cadmium scarlet!) but they're beginning to grow on me and look ok..