Take 2


Natasha (S3) has worked extremely hard this year, experimenting and bettering her skills. She is so positive, focused and pushing lots of effort into getting her work to be the best it can be.

Sometimes it can be a difficult decision to see that something is not working out and to re-start it.

Natasha had decided that her final piece was going to be created on hand-made scraper board. The initial drawings had been made and she had traced them and transferred them to card. Colouring had began, it was starting to come together.

The Old One


After working for some time on this piece (around 2-3 hours), Natasha had started to realise that she had maybe made some wrong decisions; her composition was a little off (the figure was too high on the page), the colours were too distracting and she had used a metallic crayon on the face that was an interesting idea at the time, but hence completion made the piece look a little unconnected and busy. All these factors made Natasha realise that it was wise to cut her losses and start fresh.

The composition was redone, harmonizing colours were used to make the figure appear more ‘together’ and the colouring had greater and smoother coverage with neater edges. It was inked and scraped. Stained glass shapes were cut out for a dramatic background.

Natasha’s new final piece is extremely interesting. How the colours interact, the textures of the paper and ink used (including the way it has been scraped) and the theme of this bored figure infront of stained glass windows. A well earned ‘Artwork of the Week’.

The New One



Currently studying Picasso for their ‘Jekyll and Hyde Book Cover’ unit. I decided to show my S2 classes a website that uses Picasso styled shapes to let the user build up miniature paintings. Mr Picasso Head is a flash based activity that lets the visitor rotate, colour and size shapes and lines to compose their own images. Below is a few of my favourite compositions from those emailed to the Art Classroom.

“Art Is All About Choice”


Most of my pupils are completely sick of hearing me say, “you need to make that choice,” anytime they ask me about what they should do. Art is about the choices we make, the choice of subject, the choice of media, our composition choice and the effort we choose to put into the piece. Every pupil should have the confidence to make the choice needed to ‘better’ their piece, though sometimes it helps to get a little guidance into that decision… I guess that is why teachers are there, to offer that guidance.

April (S3) is working on her portraiture final piece, the last sheet of her Intermediate unit. She has spent a long time fine tuning the pencil work on her face, but is now ready to focus on the background of the image. She has chosen what object will be in the pattern of her background; a cassette tape, though she is not sure whether the pattern should be repetitive or irregular.

Choice 1: The Repetitive Pattern


Choice 2: The Scattered Pattern


The Art Classroom would like you to vote for your choice. Which image do you prefer, which image is stronger? In the poll below, make your choice and help April make her choice.

Jordan’s Head Revisited

After spending a whole year in S4 working on your Design Unit, the last thing that you probably want to do is go back and work on your Expressive unit from the year before. This is exactly what Jordan (S4) has done. You’d be surprised how quickly your artistic skills can develop and even a single year of development can make all the difference between a ‘good’ piece of work and a ‘great’ piece of work. Jordan worked lunchtimes and during after school support to change and add to his existing final piece. Adding an interesting Life Ring frame has not only hidden some poor background printing, it has made the piece more unique with more layering and media use.


Cowboys & Indians



Nicole (S3) works on her collage for her Expressive unit. She has built up her image layer by layer to form the basis for the composition. The collage image is worked from the background laid down first working towards the foreground images. This should not only make the image compositionally correction, it should also make it appear correct in slight relief. Nicole still has around 4-5 hours of work still to do on the image, though for what she has already achieved, she definately deserves it to be an ‘Artwork of the Week’.