BBC School Report Day

Well, it’s BBC School Report Day, the Art Clast podcast team created a report for the event, though they were let down by poor correspondence from the BBC and the linking and broadcast of the report was not completed. It’s such a pity, as the report is one of the few that would have focused on how young people perceive art and culture around them. You can watch the report on Youtube  below.

The Best Thing To Happen Since The Printing Press

Forget looking at tiny dotty pictures of artwork in books and low resolution images from a Google Image search. Click over and have a look at Google Art Project. It lets you zoom right into the painting to see the tiny cracks and lets you walk around any museum in the world that’s actually worth paying a huge plane fair to go visit. Amazing. I wish they had this stuff when I was a kid…

Art On The Wall

Miss Cushing from Randolph Union HS got in touch and pointed me toward newly published Art Blog. He was very kind to point out that he had been inspired by the Art Classroom, though I think the artwork and subjects that Miss Cushing touches on in his posts are very different to this blog, but really interesting. Art on the Wall explores a multitude of different art movements and delves deeper into the subjects than I have ever done. A marvellous beginning to what will be a successful education blog. Check it out and bookmark it:

Franz Marc’s The Spot

My S1 Pupils (11-12 year old) from OLSP have been working on a ‘fit for life’ project that involves them using colour theory to convey health. Looking at the work of Franz Marc (a German Expressionist who gave meaning to the colours he used), pupils had to paint a strong or weak animal using these colours. I found it really hard to choose one of them for ‘artwork of the week’, so I’ve decided to go for four choices this week.

Jean M has painted a very weak and hurt horse. She has done an incredible job on the tone and texture of the animals skin and it’s eye shows so much emotion.

Emily M has also painted a weak horse, though has gone for using brighter tones of colour. The animal still looks fragile due to the way Emily has painted the horses legs. I really like the intense reds she has added to show the dark tones on the animal.

Jodie B has created a beautiful painting of a little weak lamb. It’s impressive how she has used comforting reds to surround the lamb and make it look like it is protected by the background.

Rebecca D has painted a strong Flamingo. Although it looks like a weak animal, she has used strong blue hues and vivid oranges to bring out the strength of the animal. Though, it’s not that clear cut, the same blue makes the bird look very sad and lonely.

Turtle Power

This week’s ‘artwork of the week’ comes from Fran (S3, OLSP). She has been working on her lighting windows for a few weeks now and has finally collected her hard work together into something that is close to being mounted onto her sheets. Her use of tissue and stenciling to portray a turtle’s skin and shell has been really successful. Fran created a light box out of card, tinfoil and Ikea battery powered lights to show off her designs.


Congratulations to Sammy M (S2, OLSP) for winning the Booxfactor Superhero design competition. She impressed judge and comic artist, Gary Erskine, who picked her design out of hundreds of entries. Sammy received her super-hero ‘Super Hairy Sea Weed Mel’ framed along with an original drawing of Spider-man by Erskine.

Sammy was awarded the first prize, Kyle H (S2, OLSP) claimed runner-up and five other pupils were awarded commendations.

Run For Cover

This week’s ‘Artwork of the Week’ comes from Shantelle G (S1,OLSP). It’s a fine example of polytile printing based on designing a cover for Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’. Her black panther image is nicely etched with biro, using negative space wisely. By etching around the cat, Shantelle was able to print the cat in black, making it look powerful and intruding. It works so well against her choice of background that Miss Kusch helped her create. Great work!