Category Archives: Expressive

Portraitor

Another fabulous painting from Chantelle McIntyre. We are slowly making our way toward an exhibition to show these beautiful images off. Chantelle has only been working with oils for about a year, but you can see that she’s obviously got an knack for it. Her resource images are explored and manipulated in Photoshop to create the right composition, this is then painted on layered, textured paper to create a textured, mature, vibrant and thought provoking painting. Just look at the quality of paint of the mouth and the eyes; it’s stunning. 

Mighty Morphing Painted Teenager


This oil painting by Chantelle McIntyre (S6) was created by photoshopping images of her and doll faces together, the image is then printed out over a series of A4 pages which are then ripped into pieces and glued onto larger card to create a textured image. Chantelle then painted over the top of the print outs which sounds like a cheat, but it’s incredibly difficult to colour match and avoid making mistakes. It really just cuts out the time wasted on scaling up and drawing out.

Plastic Paint Surgery

The acrylic painting below was created by Niamh O (S4) for her National 5 Expressive exam. She studied the theme of facial reconstruction and plastic surgery. Although the plan was to draw marker arrows across her face, she decided to leave the marks off so that it didn’t distract from her colour and tone work on the flesh across the face.

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Burden

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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.

About Face

What better way to start my new fresh faced blog than to focus on a great artistic pupil who I have been working with for the past year. Chantelle M (S5, OLSP) is an amazing artist on every level; driven, full of emotion and substance, observant and taking everything in – like a human sponge.

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For her Higher Expressive Unit this year she focused on self portraiture and explored the idea of morphing faces, emotions and body parts fading in and out of consciousness. Her final piece (above) looked at the idea of what exists and doesn’t, is the subject fading from view or is she trying to obscure herself from us, but remains in sight. It is an enigmatic and thought provoking image.

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Chantelle M received great praise when her unit was first verified at the start of the year and should do well when the results come back tomorrow morning. The final piece (a collage of book paper, tracing paper and mixed media including acrylic paint, pencil, charcoal) also won a local competition to design a school library card.

Eye See U

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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.

I Spy With My Little Eye

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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.

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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.

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