Children from our whole school had to create art to be displayed around our school for our school's Art Week. Our theme for Art Week was printing. We used different materials and different types of inks and paints to transfer a pattern. We used different methods to create patterns, from polystyrene foam, potatoes and rubber stamps.
Each Phase followed the same principles of the theme, but how they used their end materials and patterns is what makes them unique.
Phase 1 & 2 Process:
- • After practicing the best materials to use to create a stamp (they used polystyrene boards), they picked what paint/ink was best to use with the best results.
- • They used acrylic paint to coat their polystyrene boards, then pressed their chosen colours into a grid on hessian fabric.
- • After the whole class had created a column of their chosen colours, they then cut out a leaf pattern into another polystyrene board.
- • Using the leaf stamp, they again coated their pattern and pressed it on alternating colours on the fabric.
- • Their artwork was hung from the walls in the garden spaces outside their classrooms.
You can see their great artwork below!
Phase 3 Process:
- • Likewise with Phase 1 & 2, Phase 3 practiced their techniques with creating a stamp and the best materials to use.
- • The children decided to use polystyrene, because it allowed them to carve their animal patterns into it easily, with great results. Some children decided to use potatoes for a different effect when printing.
- • Once they had their design imprinted on their stamps, they transferred their designs onto card and onto fabric too.
- • Phase 3 decided to use their printed card and fabric into big pieces of art. They decided on a peacock, lion and a bird silhouette.
- • Lion: The children coloured in the face of the lion using colours based off a lions fur/skin. They then cut up strips of their printed fabric, which was mixed together to form the mane of the lion. The mane contains different patterns from a wide range of animals.
- • Peacock: The children cut shapes similar to a peacock's feather. They then covered them using cut pieces of their animals prints from card. They were arranged into an order to show different layers. They then covered the peacock in feathers.
- • Bird: The children used a silhouette of a bird, they then rolled their fabric prints into tubes, and glued them over the silhouette. They then cut the edges to make them clean. Willow from the school's grounds was used as a brand for the bird to perch on.