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Mission 2097 – creating work inspired by the future

My name is Emma and I have been working with students at Hobmoor again this term to create videos, animations, comics and other visual work based on our theme of what the world might be like in the future: ‘Mission 2097’.

I make videos and lead workshops teaching others how to make their own films and animations using whatever technology they have access to. There are so many great apps out there for our phones and tablets that make it easy for us to flex our creative muscles!

This term I have been working with years 1, 2, 4, and class 6D – I had already worked with the year 4s when they were in year 3, so they already had a bit of a head start on the apps we have been using.

At the beginning of term we talked about what we thought the world might look like in the future, including the homes we would be living in, the vehicles and other technology we might have, and how we ourselves might change.

Future house and guard robot
Future house and guard robot – made using Huepaint


Robot eyes!
Robot eyes!

 Moving images

Once we had talked through some ideas of how the design of our future houses, appliances and vehicles might look and what features they might have, we also talked about our own appearances and how human bodies might change. Could we find a cure for ageing? Would prosthetic limbs and body parts be improved? Would we be able to even change our biology, or that of other animals?

To explore this, we used drawing animation with iPad app I Can Animate, an affordable and very simple to use animation app. The app has an ‘onion skinning’ feature which allows you to see the ‘ghost’ of the last picture you talk, so it helps users to line up their object or drawing in the right place for each photo.

Robot car – made using I Can Animate

Robot friends – made using I Can Animate

Interviews, ads and trailers

For the video work, we used iMovie, a very simple app for filmmaking. We interviewed eachother about our future predictions, made trailers for futuristic movies, and also advertisements for future products.


Most recently, we have been using the app Comic Life to create comic strips and posters trying to teach people ways that they can change or things they can do to make the future better. The messages we have concentrated on the most are bullying, dropping litter, and racism.

Comic about littering - made in Comic Life
Comic about littering – made in Comic Life

On Wednesday the 7th of December we will be putting all of this work on display in the hall and innovation studio, so watch this space!

Virtual Futures

Hello! Ben Neal here, I’m a Creative Coder and Gadgeteer who’s been working with years 5 and 6 to create futuristic computer controllers to navigate around virtual worlds filled with our artwork.

During last term we used the LittleBits kits and MakeyMakeys to create our own Human Interface Devices made from recycled cardboard boxes and padded envelopes to replace the mouse and keyboard.

We made drawings of what we think we’ll look like in the year 2097 and added these to an interactive 3D world around which we can navigate and explore.

Below you can see some screenshots of what we’ve been up to and an animation of a virtual wall full of students work.

Click play to watch the video above

LittleBits kit
LittleBits kit
3D World
Inventor’s Schematic
Interactive vitual boxes


Ikon Black Country Voyages – The Auspicious Journey

Mahtab Hussain is lead artist for Black Country Voyages 2016. He has converted Ikon’s canal boat into The Auspicious Journey, a story of mass displacement of people in Kashmir, Pakistan in the 1960s resulting from construction of the Mangla Dam. Many people affected came to Britain to find work around the canals of the Black Country.

Mahtab Hussain is making work about the dam using clay and traditional photography and would like to speak to people affected by this story.

Black Country Voyages (2014–2017) is an art programme for local people, taking place on board a canal boat.

Come and get involved this summer at free workshops.

Please comment on this post if you took part in the workshop.



Every Child is an Artist: Inspiration for our clay sculptures with Elaine lim-Newton

Inspiration for our clay totem sculptures that we are creating have come from a whole variety of sources:

We have explored  a wide range of wonderful sealife creatures as seen in coral reef communities….

A bright and interesting coral reef.
A bright and interesting coral reef.
Here are some pieces inspired by coral reefs and sea life creatures...
Here are some pieces inspired by coral reefs and sea life creatures…

We looked at my own ceramic sculptures that are inspired by natural forms such as flowers and cacti…

A sculpture called 'Biome'
A sculpture called ‘Biome’

And other artists that liked natural forms…

Alexis Rago sculpture in clay
Alexis Rago sculpture in clay

Also various artists from around the world that create totem sculptures.


We were also inspired by the Artist Anthony Gormley and his artwork ‘The Field’. With our  mini me sculptures we will create our very own community  which will be displayed around the school in unexpected places…

Our growing community of mini me's
Our growing community of mini me’s currently drying in my studio…
Anthony Gormley's the 'Field'
Anthony Gormley’s the ‘Field’


We explored textures and patterns through drawings and then learnt how to translate these onto our own clay sculptures…

Researching and drawing patterns and textures...
Researching and drawing patterns and textures…
Textures and pattern makers
We used professional ceramic tools and lots of interesting found objects to create the different textures and patterns in our sculptures.
A close up of our work...
A close up of our work…

We have also began to explore how our finished totem sculptures may look through detailed design drawings…

Learning to design the totem poles
Learning to design the totem poles


Every Child is an Artist creating clay sculptures with Elaine Lim-Newton

Over the last few weeks we have explored a wide range of making techniques in clay….these include: Slab

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building where we have been making fabulous cylinders in clay with lots of lovely interesting textures, we used cardboard cylinders to help us form these shapes. Press moulding: where we have been pressing various coil shapes into big plaster bowls to make textured dome, sphere and flattened spheroid shapes ( think of a ufo type of shape ). And finally coiling and pinching to make a large community of fun mini me sculptures with lots of personality… We have learned to work in teams and individually to create all of our clay artwork.

We have also learnt about where clay comes from, and how it is dried and then fired in kilns…
My kiln at my studio in derby
My kiln at my studio in derby
inside the kiln
inside the kiln
lots and lots of cyclinder sculptures drying at my studio...
lots and lots of cylinder sculptures drying at my studio…

Creating with clay!

Hello! i am Elaine Lim-Newton, i am a sculpture artist who mainly works with clay. As part of the Every Child is an Artist Project i will be working with years 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 to experience and make our own fantastic sculptures in clay using lots of different techniques.

We will be making sculptures in a variety of clays, sizes and shapes and colour them with bright clay slips ( runny coloured clay) and shiny glazes. The finished sculptures will be exhibited in a fantastic final event and hopefully be enjoyed by everyone for years to come.

The theme for this term is community so over the last two weeks we have been exploring this theme through drawings and designs. and creating our own 2d totems from the drawings.

We have also been introduced to clay, and have learnt how to prepare it and experiment with textures and mark making with lots of different tools and collected items.


Creating our own Drawing Tools

One of the amazing things about technology is in the way in which it can enable all of us to become makers and creators. We can learn a tool and then apply our own artistic and creative understanding to produce different outcomes from it. We can even make our own tools for expression.

This week the pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 have been programming their own drawing machines using Scratch.



Last week we looked at how programming is much like reading a list of instructions and making sure we apply those instructions in the correct order. Using our (if this, do that) method of understanding, we could build up a series of instructions to perform a program.

Computers are not as clever as us humans and so we need to give them exact instructions or they will not do as we ask. We can also figure out ways of getting them to perform lots of tasks with as little effort from us as possible.

We must remember that there can often be many different ways to solve the same problem in programming.



Last week we also explored variables – values that are stored on the computer and can change either via instructions from the program or from user interaction, such as pressing a key on the keyboard.

We looked at 2 types of variables: strings which are characters, letters or words and integers which are whole numbers.

Our integer variables this week were the co ordinates of the character on the screen, called ‘x’ and ‘y’. By changing the numbers we could manipulate the character and make it move. Using our (if this, do that) structure we could create a keyboard press IF and a variable change THAT to produce the movement. We had to press the key a lot of times to make our character move about !



To create instructions that repeat themselves over and over again we learned about ‘Recursion’ or Looping/Repeating. This enables us to take a few instructions and repeat them many times without having to keep sending the same instructions again and again.

Making our character move with one instruction was really fun. Making him move 20 steps in one direction involved a lot of key presses; imagine that it needed to move 1000 steps….

By taking an instruction and repeating it we could have one key press perform many actions for us!




Drawing Tools?

Learning repetition is much more fun when we can use it to draw shapes for us on screen.

Understanding how to repeat a simple instruction such as move forward and turn right 90 degrees we could build up repetitions to allow us to instruct the computer to move in a square shape and draw it out for us. (Hint: we repeated the instruction 4 times)

Using Scratch, we were able to take simple instructions and repeat them to create our own creative drawing tool. Using the Pen commands we created a spirograph/etch-a-sketch tool that responded to our inputs from the keyboard.

By changing the variables we could create different shapes and colours. By adding in the ability to stamp our character sprite on the screen we could create colourful spiral drawings made of ghosts, unicorns and cats.




graffiti artists at oasis academy hobmoor

Dear Mr Edwards,
I am replying to you in response to the email you sent Mr Darnley about graffiti. We hope you will come to our tremendous school.

Our deputy head mr Jones believes that “graffiti is another way of people to express their feelings.” Graffiti makes the city a much brighter place due to the fact it lights up really dark places. Jahid in our class quoted “Banning graffiti will be like banning art in our school.” 80% of our tremendous community say graffiti is art so lots of people wouldn’t minds it. Sometimes graffiti is used to paint murals in in connection with youth club works.

Graffiti artists are talented so people enjoy looking at their fabulous artwork. Lots of people might be crying that the artist that do this paint/write inappropriate language. You might believe graffiti is a crime however they are forgetting its a form of expression. Some graffiti can be extremely powerful in the way it looks.

Mr.Edwards I hope you will agree with all of our points that we have spent time writing for you .
Yours sincerely from Murtaza and Shahjea