Friday, October 23, 2015

leaves & buildings

The y1's followed their paper weaving exploits of last week by stitching some Autumn leaves. The shapes/holes had been pre cut so they could concentrate on the sewing! Wool and big plastic needles were the order of the day.

The y6's have started to paint their bisque-fired, James Rizzi inspired slab, city block containers. They used acrylic paint and we'll probably varnish to further protect and give them a glossy finish.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


In FS1 today we drew Halloween pictures. A little bit early I know but its half term next week - hooray!! 
Starting with either a circle or a letter 'A', and by following step by step instructions, the 3 yr olds were able to create recognisable images.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Using the potato printed leaves that they produced last week, the y2's today created Autumnal collages.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Today the y3's rounded off their artistic endeavours based on the theme of light by making small pinhole cameras.

From a 2d net they constructed working models that captured, on a small tracing paper screen (about 5cm sq.), recognisable images. This photo (showing an image of the art room windows - upside down of course) looks remarkably like the first picture taken by Fox-Talbot!

Friday, October 16, 2015

leaves & city blocks

In y1 we wove, using paper strips, some 'Autumn' leaves.

Today the y6's made slab container city blocks (after James Rizzi). We'll bisque fire them and then carefully (!) paint using acrylics.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

automatons & stories

In y3 we have continued with our lever mechanisms and gone 3d! We've also turned linear motion into rotational movement!
The first pic shows Shrek panicking when he is being chased by the dragon whilst the second is a goalie making a save. The characters rotate clockwise/anticlockwise as the lever is pulled/pushed.  I must try and get videos of them in action.

In FS1 (3/4yr olds) they are looking at 'Goldilocks & the 3 bears'. We made little booklets of the story - including the cottage in the woods and Goldilocks herself.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

bears & cityscapes 2

The y1's have been reading 'Peace at Last' by Jill Murphy. So we decided to have a go at drawing bears - they did a 'before' picture and then with some simple guidance as to shapes they created some much more recognisable images.

They then used clay to sculpt some semi-relief bears, using similar shapes.

The y6's have followed up their James Rizzi inspired sketches with 3d card models. We've decided the next step is to create them in clay! we might even go so far as to create slab containers and paint them in a 'James Rizzi' style!!


Today the y2's used potatoes for printing. I managed to find some wooden knives that proved more than up to the task of creating patterns on the cut surfaces without being too sharp. 

After some experimentation we ended by printing 'Autumnal' leaves - which we will use next week on collage pieces.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

self portraits 2

The clay faces sculpted by our y1's are dry and have been mounted on thick card. They've also received a coat of thinned down PVA to help keep all of the bits together, especially the finely modelled hair! Here's hoping they remain intact when they're hung on the wall.

Monday, October 5, 2015

queen of hearts

Our FS2 children are learning the 'Queen of Hearts...tarts' rhyme this week, so to aid their retelling we made little representational figures. A strip of paper folded and stapled for the body and a square of card slotted in for the head. You could embellish to your hearts (!) content, add arms, feet and also make the knave & king figures should you so wish.