Artist In Residence

Year 5 - Painting With Wool

Year 5 children worked in collaboration with artist-in-residence Andrew Tims to make artwork in response to the paintings by Abstract Expressionist artist Mark Rothko (1903-1970).

Rothko was an American artist whose artwork was completely abstract. He even preferred to number his paintings, rather than giving them descriptive titles. By the 1950’s he had arrived at his signature style: working on a large, vertical canvas, he painted several rectangles of colour floating against a coloured background. Within this formula he found endless variations of colour and proportion, resulting in different moods and effects.

For this project, the children worked to create handmade woven fabric using Rothko’s artwork as inspiration. To begin with, a loom was made using mount board and professional weavers thread (warp). A large selection of coloured wools and embroidery threads were provided for the children to choose from based on their mood.

Over a number of hours, the children were able to weave with the wools and threads to make up a woven block of different rectangular colours, illustrating their emotions.

The final artwork has been mounted in a gold frame and displayed in a grid-like format to continue the repetitive nature of Rothko’s paintings.

Year 4 - Mountain Sierra

Year 4 children worked in collaboration with artist-in-residence Andrew Tims to make artwork in response to their Spring term topic – Misty Mountain Sierra.

The children worked in teams to create a diorama of an imaginary mountain range.

Working individually the young artists made mountains using mount-board that was cut to size and embellished with PVA, tissue paper, paint and pencil, before fixing them together to create their mountain range. Model-making grasses and flowers were then applied to the mountains surface and fixed inside a wooden box, before miniature figures added to complete the scene.

The final nine dioramas together create a large-scale mountain range using a variety of shapes and subtle colours, representing the snow, rock and grassy areas of a mountain.

A diorama is a model representing a scene with three-dimensional figures, either in miniature or as a large-scale museum exhibit.

Year 3 - Black History Month

Year 3 children worked in collaboration with artist-in-residence Andrew Tims to make artwork in response to Black History Month.

What is Black History Month?

Black history in the broadest sense includes the contributions of black people to the development of history and civilization. It includes the contributions of black people to the development of the arts, technology and the sciences, industry and world trade, and religion and philosophy.

The exciting work of African American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was used as a starting point for the children to draw inspiration. The children were encouraged to identify key symbols and objects within his work – e.g. crowns, trumpets, birds, animals, text etc, and make their own versions using drawing techniques and light sensitive papers.

As a development, the children were able to undertake an experimental journey using their drawings to produce a series of animations. Linked to The Big Draw theme Living Lines, the animations continued to draw inspiration from Jean-Michel Basquiat’s style and include the children’s interpretation of objects and symbols found within the artists paintings, as well as their own.

Year 6 - Frozen Kingdom

Children from Year 6 worked in collaboration with artist-in-residence Andrew Tims to create block prints in response to their Autumn term topic Frozen Kingdom.

As part of their topic the children studied The Arctic (and Antarctic) and its indigenous people – the Inuits.

The Inuits became the focus for this project, specifically the artwork that the Inuits made - often black and white prints featuring animals.

The children began the process by making observational drawings of toy animals, focusing on their shape, form and texture, before transferring their drawings onto compressed foam. Professional printing inks were rolled onto the foam surface, followed by the children placing a sheet of card over the top, enabling the ink to transfer.

The twelve artworks on display each contain six individual animal prints, accompanied by their title, describing their print.

Year 4 - Playlist Paintings

Children from Year 4 worked in collaboration with artist-in- residence Andrew Tims to create abstract paintings in response to individual pieces of music, ranging from classical arrangements to contemporary pop.

The process involved the children listening to a piece of music and describing how it made them feel. For example: was it calm, fast, relaxing, happy, sad, upbeat, repetitive, funny, choppy? Once these decisions had been made, the children chose the relevant colours, shapes and patterns in order to create the music visually.

The nine paintings on display were produced using pre-painted pieces of plastic that were cut into shape by the children and assembled together onto a stretched canvas, creating a collaged painting.

Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, colour and line to create a composition that often exists with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.

Playlist is the title of the topic the children were learning during Spring 2.

Year 1 - Superheroes

Children from Year 1 worked in collaboration with artist-in- residence Andrew Tims to create artwork in response to their Spring term topic Superheroes.

The project began with the children working individually to produce images of an imaginary superhero, ensuring that each incorporated the key elements of a mask, cape, boots, belt, weapon.

On completion the children, working in groups, used their original superhero drawings to create a new ‘ultimate superhero’ by cutting up and piecing together sections of their own drawings with their friends.

The children’s newly designed ‘ultimate superhero’ was then recreated using compressed foam cut to size and shape, with textures and patterns drawn into its surface. Professional printing inks were rolled onto the foam surface, followed by the children placing a sheet of cartridge paper over the top, enabling the ink to transfer.

The final series of artworks, feature 14 ultimate superheroes designed and printed by Year 1 children.