Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
At Stanford School Art and Design permeate the whole curriculum. We have a creative curriculum approach to learning.
Children are encouraged to develop their understanding and enjoyment of a variety of media and processes so that they can record, communicate and express their ideas, thoughts and feelings in many different ways. The children gain a developing awareness of the wide range of work by artists and designers from different times and cultures including those from their own locality. The children are encouraged to respond and evaluate their own and other’s work.
We have visiting artists to the school to enhance the children’s knowledge and learning and to provide further inspiration.
We had a lovely Friendship Activity event after school – pupils came along to make friendship bracelets, do craft activities and enjoy a chat over a biscuit and a juice. Thank you to the staff for supporting this – lots of kind words from everyone!
In English we have been inspired to improve our descriptive language by describing a snowy landscape. This is in preparation for this term's main fiction texts, "The Ice Palace" and "The Princess' Blankets".
Here is our shared poem that we created as a class:
Alongside this in Art we have created Winter forest artwork. We have been exploring different effects using paint. We mixed salt and glitter with paint to create a frosty effect. We made tree branch stencils which we carefully placed on white cartridge paper then colour washed over. After this we removed our stencils which left white tree branches with a cold shimmery blue sky. When dry we added details to the branches and added a silver moon.
We read about the world before creatures lived and how volcanoes erupted turning lava into rock formations. We chose words and phrases that helped us to mentally picture this event. The children then worked in pairs to draw the images they had created in their minds and labelled them with the wonderful imagery and phrases we have discovered. They produced some wonderful pieces of art linked to the text and enjoyed working creatively as a team.
What a busy time Sunflowers have had. They have made glistening winter trees for their hoop decoration, sewn beautiful felt winter robins with Mrs. Warton and made wonderful decorations at home to decorate our class Christmas tree
Sunflower Class enjoyed making these lovely Rudolph cards. Some great colouring, cutting and sticking. Well done everyone.
The children loved making our Christmas cards and calendars this year. We decided to get our hands dirty by printing with our fingers on the cards and with sponges on the calendars. Don't they look effective?
This afternoon we met Rachel McWilliam, a local Blacksmith Artist who shared her expertise as designing and making sculpture. We were wowed by her pieces of work and really interested in hearing about the design process. During our question and answer session we found our her favourite piece, the largest piece and the smallest. Many of us were surprised we have seen some of Rachel's work on the sea front at Cleethorpes.
The Egyptians used to write on paper made from papyrus. They would tear it into strips, weave it together, beat it to make it flat and leave it to dry for several days.
We tried to make our own papyrus style paper. We tore paper into strips and dipped it into glue and water so it would stick together. We laid the paper out in strips and we had to do several layers to make it thick enough to write on. We left it for 4 days to dry then we painted it so it looked like ancient papyrus.
We researched Egyptian gods and found out that they were half human and half animal. We designed our own gods and drew them on our paper. Some chose to colour theirs in felt tips and others chose paint.
Don't they look fantastic?
Barley class read a short passage from their Power of Reading book, Skellig. They discussed what they could se and then sketched a picture to represent their visualisation using charcoals on white paper. They then describe the picture.
Look at our fantastic pieces of artwork depicting the city skyline during the Blitz.
We used a mixed media approach including paint, pencil crayon and collage.
Barley class enjoyed their Hook day- designing and then creating their own African masks using a variety of materials and artistic techniques. We discussed African mask designs, colours and textures and then designed our own using a design prototype. We then started to bring our designs to life!
Barley class completed their African masks using a range of materials.... don't they look amazing and effective!?
On Thursday 7th September we had a hook day to start off our learning about the Ancient Egyptians. As ever the parents were incredibly supportive and creative with the costumes based upon the theme ‘Egyptians, Mummies and Explorers’. The children looked wonderful.
(Keep the togas safe Mum and Dads as we will be ‘visiting’ the Roman Era in the summer.)
Look at Darcy’s wonderful eye make-up!
This will link into a DT project where the children will design their own canopic jar. The children used kitchen paper towels with glue to cover a plastic cup. The children were full of questions about what these jars were used for, and we will find out about the gory details of the mummification process later this term…..if they can wait that long!
The children learnt about how the Ancient Egyptians invented the earliest paper. They made it from the papyrus plant which is where the word paper comes from. Papyrus was made by splitting the stems of the plant into thin strips and soaking the strips in water. The strips were then placed onto top of each other in a criss-cross pattern. The sheet would then be hit with a mallet to bond the ﬁbres together and then left for a few days to dry with heavy weights on the top. We used strips of newspaper and placed them in a criss-cross pattern. We had to use several layers to make one piece of paper. We then had to leave it until it had thoroughly dried which took 4 days. We are going to try drawing and writing on the paper. What a lot of hard work! Let’s hope we don’t make a mistake as it took days to make 1 sheet!
The children were given a base of 10x10. The children had to first estimate how many cubes it would check. Then they had to look at the base & visualise each layer and work out how many cubes would be in each layer and find the total number of cubes. Finally the children were allowed to get the cubes and check their work. This wasn’t easy as they needed steady hands!! Luckily they had plenty of friends to help.
The children were given paper dolls for them to create Egyptian costumes. The children enjoyed getting creative.
These are just some of the activities we enjoyed. We built pyramids. We tried ‘Walking like an Egyptian’ and we have learnt some Egyptian songs which I am sure you will be hearing the children sing at home.
We had a fabulous day and we had lots of fun!
Sunflower Class were really inspired by the artist Arcimboldo, not only did they create their own fruit faces, but they learnt about his life and researched the other kinds of paintings he made.
For their Hook Day, the Year 1 children learnt all about Arcimboldo and were inspired to create exciting fruit faces using both art materials and real fruit. James- Arcimboldo was born in Italy and he was an artist when the years started with 15 (1500s). Oscar- I enjoyed painting fruit faces and liked to put a face on a pineapple shape. Jack- I made a face with real fruit and I ate it all up! Millie- I made a fruit face. I did some cutting and sticking. Mason- I could make a fruit face on the laptop. I played a game. Indianna- My group worked together to make a big fruit face. We had black cherries, watermelon and grapes. Isabelle B- We used apples, blueberries, strawberries and we had cherries. It was nice to eat. Neve- I really enjoyed making a big fruit face on the carpet with pineapples and lots of bananas. Taylor- I found out that Arcimboldo made faces with vegetables too
Sunflower Class enjoyed drawing pictures of the church. These particular pictures were presented to Mr. Stevens during a recent visit to thank him for showing the class around the church.
William Morris didn’t like the mass produced art of the industrialised Victorian society. He began the Arts and Crafts movement which favoured a return to skilled workmanship and high quality goods. His work was heavily influenced by and featured designs based on nature. We studied his artwork and then collected different leaves from the nature area to inspire our own individual designs.
Our finished leaves have finally arrived in school. Each of them is absolutely unique, just like us!
We were delighted with our leaves and we will treasure them forever.
Poppy class would like to thank Zoe from Firefly Ceramics for all of her hard work.
A Valentine's craft session after school brought children together of all ages to learn new skills and produce beautiful craft items. Many thanks to all the staff for their help and to Mrs. Drury for all her wonderful craft ideas and hard work!
Megan (age 8)- It's really good and it helped people to improve their sewing.
Betsie (age 6)- It's nice sewing.
Olivia (age 5)- I like doing lots of crafts.
Katie (age 6)- The love heart making was tricky.
Emma (age 7)- I made a Valentine's box. The cutting was hard, but the decorating was easy.
Ruby (age 9)- I was pleased with my card. I liked making the hanging heart.
Sam (age 6)- I enjoyed being with other people and having a drink and a biscuit.
Sunflowers have started doing some Peruvian weaving with wool. Thank you to Mrs. Bennett for showing us how to use a cardboard loom.
Oscar- I like it; it's easy.
Cerys- It's hard and you have to concentrate.
Jayden- It's a challenge and I can do it a bit.
Katie- It goes in a pattern; over, under, over, under...
Look at all the creative art work that is on display around the school.
Sara Look at all our lovely art work and wonderful displays around our school.
This week Seedlings Class have had busy fingers working with clay to make a house. They pressed, patted and rolled the clay flat before using the square and triangle shapes to cut around. They finished their clay tile house by drawing features such as windows and a door.
Zoe from Firefly Ceramics came back today to show us our sunflowers now they have been fired. We all painted them and we are looking forward to seeing them completed.
Today, we have had an exciting afternoon working with Zoe, the pottery specialist, who has shown us how to make clay seedlings! With busy fingers we rolled the clay into a ball to make the base then used a rolling pin to roll the clay flat before cutting out leaves and a seedling. Finally, we joined it all together using a mix of water and clay called 'slip'. Zoe will then fire the seedlings in the kiln before she brings them back for us to paint. We look forward to seeing what they look like and how they have changed!
As part of our Extreme topic in Braley Class, we have been looking at Hokusai's picture called 'The Great Wave'. Hokusai was a Japanese artist who was a painter and printmaker. Barley's challenge was to recreate 'The Great Wave' using different mediums they felt most comfortable with. We still need to complete these but we think they are already looking great!