Film making with Create

A group of children from KS2 have been working with Create, an Arts charity that works with children on exploring, designing and making artwork using different art media.  Children have been working with a professional film maker on a film making project based around Paddington Central. Children have been having lots of fun with writing a script, researching Paddington Central, interviewing workers from Paddington Central, filming and editing so that they create a short documentary about life in the local area. Watch this space for the documentaries coming soon!

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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Year 5 visited the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition which showcases a vast display of artwork in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film by emerging and established artists.

This year’s summer exhibition was curated by Grayson Perry. Children looked at all the different work and then had a print-making workshop with a gallery educator in response to the artwork in the exhibition. Children had to draw something that inspired them from the exhibition. They drew and then carved their design onto styrofoam. Children then squeezed ink onto a printing plate and spread it over the Styrofoam board. They then positioned the styrofoam on blank paper and used a roller to help transfer the design. ​

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Still Sea Life

As part of Year 5’s topic on water, in art children have been busy drawing and painting seashells and real, fresh fish from observation. Children had to draw the outline of the shell and fish in one clear line and draw the shadow of each as one shape. Children had to squint their eyes and look at both the fish and shells for the light and dark areas. They had to look for the darker side where it is less illuminated and apply pressure with their sketching pencil to represent this. Children then used watercolour paints to show the different shades of colour on both the fish and shells. Finally, children applied pastels to their artwork.

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Little Venice Art Exhibition

Years 5 and 6 drew boats and canals using charcoal as part of an exhibition at IWA (Inland Waterways Association) Canalway Cavalcade, one of London’s biggest, brightest and best waterway festivals in Little Venice over the bank holiday weekend, 5th – 7thMay 2018. The artwork was exhibited on a boat for all the public to see. There were  even members of the public who expressed interest to buy the drawings!

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Serpentine gallery

Year 6 went on an afternoon trip to the Serpentine Gallery where they had a workshop with the artist and dancer Zinzi Minott. Children explored the current exhibition by Sondra Perry, entitled ‘Typhoon Coming On’ where they explored the video projections and soundscape that course through the gallery space. The projected images of the ocean and ship address the theme of slavery and racism. Children then responded to the artwork and the theme of identity by creating a dance piece to a variety of music.

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Visiting the Tate Modern

We visited the Tate Modern for an Assembly Day organised by the gallery. We visited the Living Cities exhibition where we explored artwork made from different media; photographs, collages, wire installations, leather weavings and paintings. On a piece of paper, we took our ‘pencil for a walk’ and created a map of the gallery. We followed all or some of the lines on our map to help guide us around the gallery. As we followed our maps, we wrote down in words what we could see, hear and smell. We had to think about how we move within our city and the marks we leave behind .

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Art workshops at the National Gallery

A group of children had two workshops with artists in residence at the National Gallery. Children looked at the painting The Wilton Diptch, by an unknown artist, made in about 1395-9. Children created music in response to the painting, drew the artwork using pastels and made a collage using gold paper in response to the patterns and gold in the painting. We had lots of fun!

 

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Making brooches and hats inspired by Paddington Central architecture

Over the past term, a group of children have been working with Create, a charity that empowers lives through the creative arts. Children have been working with artists in designing and making brooches and hats inspired by Paddington Central architecture. The children’s work will be photographed and displayed in the summer as part of an exhibition at Paddington Central. Children have learnt brooch making techniques such as beading with thread and kumihimo braiding.  They had lots of fun designing and making hats and brooches.

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Designing a sculpture for Paddington Central station!

Cherry class have been working with Open City, a charity organisation that works with children on exploring, designing and making sculptures for the public realm spaces of Paddington Central. On Friday 9th February, we visited Paddington Central where we explored Sean Henry’s sculpture Two Figures (Meeting Place). This was followed by 2 whole day workshops in school, led by an artist, where we designed and constructed artwork based around Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. We had lots of fun using wire and metal to create an installation of Hermia in the forest surrounded by butterflies, insects and a fairy. Our sculpture will be displayed in Paddington Central on Tuesday 27th March for a whole week for all the public to enjoy!

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Beautiful Islamic Print Patterns

In Year 3 we have been block printing Islamic patterns. Islamic patterns consist of either geometric patterns (repeated, interlaced or overlapped shapes) or vegetal patterns (patterns based on plants and flowers found in the natural world).

We began by drawing and pressing our design onto a styrofoam board so that the image becomes indented onto the foam. The indented lines do not absorb any ink. We then put ink onto an inking plate and used a brayer to evenly spread the ink onto the plate. We then took our styrofoam board, added ink to it and pressed the image onto paper to transfer the ink from the foam onto the paper. This process is called burnishing.

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