To A Louse

This week’s artwork comes from many pupils, over five classes worth in fact. My S1 (OLSP) classes having been working very hard to create a short shadow puppet animation for their Burns’ Supper tomorrow. The film itself took around three weeks to make, along with a few lunch times (thanks to all the pupils who came along and helped out when it was needed). I really don’t want to say too much about it, just watch it and listen to the wonderful narration by my colleague, Miss Clarkin… Great stuff.

A Beautiful Study

This work from home isn’t from one of my pupils, but I saw it and thought it was so good that I had to feature it. The portrait, by Holly McP (S5), appears to be a quick sketch of a young woman or girl, though upon closer inspection you can see how thoughtful Holly has been in selecting where she was going to place each of her lines and how her tonal scribbles would add form to the subject’s body and hair. The secret to Holly’s drawing is that it looks as if she has created it very quickly, it also looks as if every carefree line that she has placed is in a nearly perfect position. I’m sure this is not the case, I believe that Holly had spent a good length of time on this image and that it was very carefully considered, but if she did just sketch it out in a few minutes she’s an utter genius. If she didn’t, she’s still an utter genius for making us think that she did…

Back To Skull

Sorry I haven’t been posting, but what better way to make an apology than to make up for it with a fantastic chalk and charcoal drawing from Mia B (S3 – OLSP). Mia and her class had been complaining that skulls were not that ‘Christmassy’, but viewers of this blog will now know that this is about as ‘Christmassy’ as I get. Mia has captured so many great qualities from the black and white image that she was using as a resource. It’s not a perfect copy of the resource, but I actually think it’s a better representation of mortality and death. Mia’s focus on the jaw and teeth makes us imagine that the skull’s jaw is under tremendous tension and stress, it’s as if the skull is grinding its teeth.