Monthly Archives: July 2015

All Saint’s C of E Primary School Batik

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Well what a privilege it was to be asked to do a design and create day in All Saint’s primary C of E school.. It was a fast whistle stop day, going into each class to get every child to make their mark and each class to decide how they as a class would like to be portrayed for the final batik and creation.  It was an amazing day.. although time was limited the children and staff came up with some amazing ideas and illustration to depict the values and mini mission statements for each class..

Early years had fun drawing eggs with patterns, having just seen baby chicks, hatch, and grow they thought it very apt that as the newest members of All Saint’s primary they too would be like the chicks growing and developing..

In year 1 class they decided to draw flowers, bright and colourful like them.. and their statement was growing together..

Year two had fun drawing amazing stars, everyone was different , just like each member of the class. They felt their class was summed up as being “Out of this world”. To strive to meet their full potential.

Year 3 thought their hands were important. They as a class love doing creating and practical things.. therefore their statement is “Hands working together”.. each hand is so very different, we do things differently and  have different skills and interests..

Year 4 had a great time designing rockets. They as a class feel as though they always try to “Aim High”, Being the best that they can be.

Year 5 decided to use houses as their symbol of community. They drew some impressive buildings which alone where unique, but together as a collective made a beautiful picture. there statement is “We are all unique but together we are a masterpiece.”

Year 6 did a collection of amazing designs to draw all the above together, using the schools logo and mission statement to underpin this wonderful creation.

Each class canvas can stand alone, however more importantly each class canvas can come together with all classes to be one whole collaborative  school creation depicting a school whose values are very visible .

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The Valley Primary School -Amazing creating for British Day

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I have had the privilege of working with the children of the Valley Primary School Bolton. The brief was to create a stained glass window installation which portrayed the children’s views of what it is to be British, symbols of Britain and things that where typically British…

In class the young people did a lot of research into British historical events, monuments, music, customs, design, and they discussed their own Britishness and cultural relevance to this. Such a lot of preparation was done with sketches, designs, and debating what should be included in the final piece.

The children were totally engaged with this project and were absorbed with each stage of the process, and there were many!

We had to do working drawings, then lay out the design and boarder plan. We placed the perspex sheeting into position and then using the layout sheet to copy the outline with leading and raised detail marking. This had to be done as accurately as possible. Then there was the difficult task of glass painting. The children had to  pay attention to different brush techniques and make sure areas where covered evenly and create textures where necessary. This meant applying several coats and building up effects. The final exciting task was the embellishment adding glass beads, textured paints and gold leafing etc..

The Valley Artists have created an amazing 3 panel Stain glass installation. As an artist it was a pleasure to work with and enable children to explore new experiences. Children that had a willingness to learn and took such pride and pleasure in learning new skills. The whole experience was a real celebration of the joining together of knowledge, research, children’s views and opinions, learning, listening and Creating…. WONDERFUL!!