Two For One

aotwI’ve had a great first week at school that I couldn’t pick a single artwork that would sum up the week. So… I’ve had to go for two.  They are similar in that they’re both investigation drawings for developing and considering shape and detail to make a fashion piece. They’ll most likely become a dress as the months roll on. They have been applied in a similar style; they’re very tight, neat drawings with immaculate tone and defined line.

The first; a pencil drawing by Kat C (S5) of surgical spinal screws. Notice the fine lines and white paper that is left to suggest highlights and reflection.

The second; a delicately detailed pencil drawing of a jellyfish by Paula N. She has worked the pencil lines to show folds and curves of the Jellyfish. Both drawings are observational drawings for Higher Design sheets.

Burden

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This week’s AOTW comes from Kat M (S5 OLSP). Unfortunately, Kat has now left school to move onto college. Some people enjoy their senior years of school, others grow impatient and can’t wait to get out.

I’m always against pupils leaving school for college, it lacks the support, the authority and the strong planning that school provides. For me, it is a rare occurrence to hear that someone has completed their college course, they normally drop out before completion, but I know Kat has the drive and the talent to see it through and make her leaving a good decision.

This piece is a collaged background painted with oil paints. It is created in a similar fashion to how Dave McKean (artist for Batman and Sandman) would paint his covers. I’ve tried to talk Kat into letting me keep this work when it comes back from marking, though she won’t let it go.

About Face

What better way to start my new fresh faced blog than to focus on a great artistic pupil who I have been working with for the past year. Chantelle M (S5, OLSP) is an amazing artist on every level; driven, full of emotion and substance, observant and taking everything in – like a human sponge.

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For her Higher Expressive Unit this year she focused on self portraiture and explored the idea of morphing faces, emotions and body parts fading in and out of consciousness. Her final piece (above) looked at the idea of what exists and doesn’t, is the subject fading from view or is she trying to obscure herself from us, but remains in sight. It is an enigmatic and thought provoking image.

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Chantelle M received great praise when her unit was first verified at the start of the year and should do well when the results come back tomorrow morning. The final piece (a collage of book paper, tracing paper and mixed media including acrylic paint, pencil, charcoal) also won a local competition to design a school library card.

Back On Track!

Sorry folks, I have been away for a long time. My passion for keeping this blog had died over the past few months and I was thinking of pulling the plug on it altogether. Though your frequent visits and the forever growing followers on Instagram has made me remember why I started this blog in the first place. So… as you can see, I’ve had a little tinker; the blog has a new more modern look and more minimalist layout. I may simplify it more in the future to just really focus on the photos/art, but for now, I’m just happy that I’m starting to add to it again.

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Eye See U

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It’s been a while since I updated. Had lots and lots going on and non-digital life has taken over. Though if you are wanting a daily dose of The Art Classroom, you’re probably best following my Instagram account which you can find a link to on the right. This week’s ‘AOTW’ comes from Niamh S (S1). She has been looking at portraiture and completed this lovely eye drawing as a homework. When she brought it in, it impressed her class and I thought it was worth showing you lot. Why does it work as a great study? Well… Niamh has closely looked at how an eye looks. She has included the tear duct, the pupil is nice and circular, the iris sits high in the eye and the eyebrow is contoured away from the nose. Add these into your drawings of eyes to make them more realistic.

As Cute As A Bug In A Rug

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This week’s Artwork of the Week comes from a student in my Higher Photography class. He had studied Intermediate Photography last year and did so well that Higher Photography was a certainty. Liam‘s photograph just screams cute and fun for me. The figure was not actually placed, it was found like this lying in the grass. His aperture settings are perfect and the sunlight and ISO levels on the shot make it highly dynamic. This shot just makes me love photography, love light and love being happy. Hope you like it too.

Grace On Tippy Toes

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Nicole Hamill is an ex-pupil who has moved on to greater things. Studying at the Scottish Ballet she has danced with the Manchester City Ballet and studied at the Northern Ballet and the English National Ballet. For me, someone who briefly knew her, but still keeping in touch through social media, it is amazing to see her develop from a student who has a passion; into a proper, professional, creative individual. It is really quite exciting.

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She updates her blog very regularly with positive and inspiring posts about her situation and her experiences, as well as frequently posting to her Instagram – amazing photos of her practice and photo shoots.

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As someone who knows very little about Ballet, other than it being very competitive, disciplined and painful, it is an eye-opener to see the natural beauty that Nicole shows in her photos and poses that I can appreciate more as it’s removed from the stage. Taken away from the context of a Ballet performance, I, and hopefully you, will not be intimidated to be interested and impressed.

Nicole is able to not only break down the elitest nature of a high art such as Ballet and make it digestible for normal people like me, but her photos and honest nature help us see the fun and immense pleasure that can be taken from doing something that you absolutely love. You can click any of the links above/below to see her blog and Instagram, even if you’re not a fan of Ballet (and I’m definitely not) you will not be able to avoid the beauty and magic that Nicole lets us see by giving us a little glimpse into her Ballet life.

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