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Ingenious inventions

The last two weeks at Merton Park School we have been focusing on making our own invention to make into a large scale collograph printed work.

We began by looking back at our initial drawings of machine parts and selecting shapes to work with.

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In quick drawings we investigated how shapes could fit together.DSC_0012 DSC_0013 DSC_0014 DSC_0018

We then used the shapes to make a drawing of an imaginary machine.

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We gave it a name and thought about how it could work and what it would do.

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We explained its features to each otherDSC_0039 DSC_0040

We then took one or two parts of the machine to make bigger and cut them into templates.DSC_0042 DSC_0043

We experimented on a larger scale with how the pieces could fit together to make new machinesDSC_0045 DSC_0049

The pieces were transferred onto thick card in order to make a collograph printing plate, like the one we experimented with a few weeks ago.DSC_0051 DSC_0052 DSC_0053

This week we added textures to our new collograph plates. We used  earlier experiments to decide what worked and what we needed to create an interesting machine part.DSC_0113 DSC_0114 DSC_0118 DSC_0123 DSC_0125 DSC_0131 DSC_0134 DSC_0135 DSC_0137

When our plates were finished we played a game to explore different ways our machine parts could fit together.DSC_0162 DSC_0163 DSC_0168

There were many satisfying combinations.DSC_0172 DSC_0178 DSC_0179 DSC_0180 DSC_0181

We look forward to printing with these plates next week and making them into a giant new invention – who knows what it will do?

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These made lovely prints using metallic paints. Ready to make our giant new machine now!

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