Artist In Residence
Andrew Tims has been working as artist-in-residence at Percy Shurmer since January 2015. During this time he has engaged a number of Year Groups in the creation of new artwork, all linked to our Talk for Writing programme.
Year 3 - Blast Off!
Year 3 children worked in collaboration with artist-in-residence Andrew Tims to make artwork in response to their Summer 2 topic – Blast Off!
The project began with the children working in table teams to design and produce a rocket using collage techniques, taking inspiration from a variety of famous rockets and space shuttles including; Apollo 11 (used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they were the first men to walk on the moon in 1969) and Falcon 1 (in 2008).
The ‘teams’ used found photocopied images of metal objects, for example; washing machine drums, cutlery, lampshades and tea strainers, that were cut out and collaged together to form their rocket shape. Plastic jewels were used to resemble the nuts and bolts, where the different sections of the rockets are connected.
The ten individual artworks show the rockets blasting off into space, made more realistic with the fire shooting from the exhaust nozzle at the base of each rocket.
Year 4 - Potions
Year 4 children worked in collaboration with artist-in-residence Andrew Tims to make artwork in response to their Summer term topic – Potions.
The project began with the children creating their own potions inside plastic bottles using a variety of ingredients including shampoo, toothpaste, liquid hand-wash, feathers, glitter and elastic bands, taking inspiration from the recipes that George created for his Grandmother in Roald Dahl’s story George’s Marvellous Medicine.
The children made observational drawings of their ‘potion’, using pencil and oil pastels, before simplifying the bottle shape and it’s contents to create an individual block print using compressed foam and printing ink.
The completed artwork includes collections of the children’s block prints together on three panels.
Year 2 - Land Ahoy!
Year 2 children worked in collaboration with artist-in-residence Andrew Tims to make artwork in response to their Spring term topic – Land Ahoy!
Throughout the project the children were able to experiment with a range of art techniques, including drawing, mono-printing, block printing, painting and collage, all centred on the exploration of line, tone, shape, texture, and pattern.
Over six weeks the children worked in table groups to create the different elements of the final artwork; the block-printed pirates and pirate ships, watercolour painted sea, mono-printed flags, and collaged parrots and fish, which on completion were pieced together to form the eight panels.
Year 6 - A Child’s War
Year 6 children worked in collaboration with artist-in-residence Andrew Tims to make artwork in response to their Autumn term topic – A Child’s War.
The engagement process involved the children learning about the use of propaganda posters during World War II to influence the population towards supporting the war effort, specifically pro war projects such as rationing and growing vegetables.
The children created propaganda posters based upon issues they wanted to raise awareness of within school, for example; reducing litter in the playground; giving to charity; stopping cars speeding outside school; and bullying and racism.
The final posters, created using printing and collage techniques, illustrate the children’s ideas in bright, eye-catching artwork.