I’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.
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.
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.
Conor T (S4/Holyrood Secondary) has created this great unit for his National 5 Expressive looking at self portraiture and distortion caused by a magnifying glass. He has used the paint very confidently and stylistically to create a sense of closeness and inspection. We find ourselves examining the subject as he is seen to be examining us.
I really like the sketch work on top of the maps on his development sheet. It’s a nice juxtaposition of the idea of examining and it being drawn on paper that may be peered at through a magnifying glass. It also adds a great background pattern for Conor to work on top of.
Conor’s final piece is really strong, combining many concepts of audience, of subject and of meaning. It’s really nice to see pupil work tackle artistic meaning on a variety of different levels. Great Work Conor and a well deserved Artwork of the Week.
This beautiful image is Carla L’s (S3/OLSP) final piece for her National 5 Expressive Unit. The face is drawn with oil pastels, while the wall has been created by texture painting, flicking paint using toothbrushes and some undercoating of fine tonal paint. A simple but stunning and thought provoking image.
This week’s piece comes from the mind of Kirstie G (S3,OLSP). At first you may not understand it, but continue to look at it… You will soon start to see the fractured image of still life objects. Bottles and vases, jugs and bowls. These are rendered in a variety of media from acrylic and watercolour paints to pencil and charcoal. Some are rushed, some are painstakingly worked on. Each of these works have been completed in full and then sliced apart; artistic vandalism. It was tough for Kirstie to make the decision to do it and to then actually do it, but I think it was the right decision.
Her work reminds me of the likes of Braque (Picasso’s underestimated co-creator of cubism). Your eye is forced around the work to make sense of it. Little sections are painted well to prove that she can paint. Though that’s not the point. Painting has become snobbish in schools. It’s all about realism and copying. There is little time given to expression and experimentation. It is for this very reason that I feel that this piece is extremely strong. It’s taking chances. It’s not a piece created to pass an exam. It’s created to be a good piece of art and that’s what counts isn’t it?
There’s also great aspects of Leger in her work. The lines that dissect the work into a living three dimensional jigsaw. Kirstie’s work is relief, it sits on many levels and the observer is able to lean around foreground objects to view more of the background objects. It’s like four or five paintings in one. It is just so refreshing to see pupils take on something as hard to understand as abstraction and cubism and learn about it practically instead of remembering about it critically. A well deserved ‘Artwork of the Week’.
Kirstie’s relief piece before the dissection lines were painted in
Isla G is in my S1 class and is working towards finishing her Wanted Poster for a challenge based on crime and forensics. Her skills are really sharp for her age, her focus and drive betters most of the older pupils in my classes. This passion shows in her work, more realistic pieces due to good observation and fine detail through working into a drawing until it is right. She has a few minor touches to do on her pastel work, though her completed sheet can’t get much better than it is now.