Category Archives: Design

The Pit-A-Pattern Of Your Heart

This week’s ‘Artwork of the Week’ comes from Holly M (S2). She was given the task of creating a sketchbook cover using a think permenant marker and a thin fine line pen. The use of thick and thin pens force pupils to think about their line usage and how to mix different weights of line to create a more interesting drawing. Holly had to create a repeat pattern to a brief that stated she use co-ordinates or chaotic pattern, both pens and no colour. She planned out several ideas and decided to go for this lace heart pattern; which I think is fab. 

The Queen of Cards

A few posts ago I posted an outtake from Lois McE‘s (S6) ‘Queen of Cards‘ dress. The dress was made using a variety of different techniques including paper folding, papier mache and acrylic painting. The piece was created for her SQA Higher Design unit, in which she had scored close to top marks.

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The dress was created by wrapping cling film around a mannequin form, this was then layered with PVA Glue and paper towels. This was layered around 3-4 times and left to dry out. The papier mache body was then carefully removed and cut from the form and painted with acrylics, a small brush and a very steady hand. The neck piece was created by corrigating cartridge paper (3 x A1 sheets) and they were glued onto a cardboard hoop shape that is hidden underneath. Lace was then added to the ruff and to the sleeve holes. Lois taught herself to make the origami form using Pinterest and Youtube. These were then repeated, layered and glued to form the skirt pattern.

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Do Judge A Book By It’s Cover

Evie & Maria’s (S2) book cover design was a runner up for the Scottish Book Cover Competition 2016-2017. I love how they’ve bisected the cover, showing different characters from the book. 

Shannah’s (S6) photo cover of a frozen spider web and Niamh’s (S6) watercolour painting also received recognition for their entries. All four girls received book vouchers and a certificate for their skills. 

Two For One

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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.

Laura’s Creepy Crawley

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This week’s ‘AOTW’ comes from Laura H (S2/OLSP). She is working on an environmental building based on a house centipede. She is making a maquette of the centipede first and then developing some of the 3D elements into a factory building. This is part of a new engineering promotion initiative and her class is entered into a competition to try and win. If they all continue to be this good, I think we just might win it. Well done Laura!

The Claw

‘The Claw’ above has been expertly sculpted by Monica L (S4, OLSP). It has been created as a piece of development for her frilled lizard light that she is designing. ‘The Claw’ has been created by moulding and scrunching newspaper and fixing it and holding it with masking tape and glue sticks. I really like the elongated middle toe along with the skin texture Monica has created by wrapping the masking tape around the paper structure. Fabulous making skills.