Modern Art Fair

It’s always tough as a teacher, competing with television, cinema and gaming. It seems that a lot of male pupils’ spare time revolves around Modern Warfare 2, even though most are below the recommended certificated age. I thought I’d try and put together a quick poster to attract the attention of some of these pupils.

By combining the point of view from MW2 and Roy Lichenstien’s ‘Whaam’, I was trying to show the similarities between art and gaming. I think that people forget that art inspired photography, photography inspired film and film inspired gaming.

The poster is free to download in ‘the box’ (bottom of right hand column).

Television, The Drug Of The Nation

George M (S2, OLSP) gave me this drawing a few days ago. I told him that it should be cleaned up and the lines should be darkened. I also asked him why he drew that view and he had said that it stood out. Something about the way everything was sitting had attracted him to draw it, and I’m glad he did. It’s such a beautiful drawing, even without the digital clean and the text, there’s something incredibly mesmerising about it.

The piece speaks on many levels about what it’s like to grow up as a teenager in modern society. We see a TV, a sky box and various other paraphernalia that distract young people from being creative. So it’s profound that George chose to sit down and draw them, it’s very clever, even if that wasn’t entirely his plan. Great work George.

Answers Of The Week

I normally ask my students a weird question to think about until I see them again. Some of them almost immediately forget, some of them need to be reminded, some of them ask about it, some of them really sit and think about the answer, but few actually research it and return to me with a written answer. Eimer M and Rebecca D (S1, OLSP) kindly provided me with their answers written down. I was so surprised and amazed by their answers that I had to feature them here. They researched my gross but interesting colour theory question; ‘Why are bogeys always green?’

I’m sure this was a shock for their parents when they were signing off this homework, but I am totally grateful to the two girls for their enthusiasm and interest. I can’t wait to get their points of view from some of my other ‘TOTW’ questions. Well done Eimer & Rebecca!

In Paula’s Hands

Unfortunately due my laziness, the blog has fallen into a bit of a slump. I thought I should kick start it back on track with some great skill from Paula A H (S3, OLSP High) who’s work from home was featured two weeks ago. Paula has been working on analytical drawings of her own hands (one with her drawing hand, the other with her non-drawing hand (above)), and a pastel study as an alternative toΒ  portraiture.

Paula’s skill is very obvious, even in her pastel piece that is still to be finished. Paula starts off the piece by drawing an outline of the shapes, she then adds highlighted blobs of colour to build up the form. When using pastel it is advisable to work from light to dark colours as it is easy to cover a white pastel with black, but impossible to cover a black pastel with white.

Really beautiful work. I’ll update this post when the piece has been finished. Well Done Paula.

I Fold

Aaron C (S3, OLSP High) likes to make origami creatures in his spare time. It’s a skill that takes a lot of patience and is held in high regard in Japan, it’s country of origin. There are a number of distinct things that can be made with a single piece of square paper, the most famous is probably the crane which Aaron shows above. If you’d like to make your own Origami Crane you can follow the You Tube video below: