Category Archives: Work From Home

Brewster’s Mullions

This ‘Work from Home’ comes from Shannon Brewster (‘Hitmonshan’ on Instagram). She created this stylised painting of Notredame in Acrylics. I really like how she’s handled the surrounding houses, the simple but effective line work on the cathedral is the reason why I had to feature this piece. The colour palette is limited but works so well; drawing the viewers’ attention to the golden structure. The sky has a strange wash on it too, I don’t know how it’s done, but I like it.

Shannon reminded me of the blog and made me realise that people still want to visit it (it gets around 1,000 hits a day). So… Just for her and hopefully for the good of all the rest of us. I’ll try to get it up and running again. Keep a look out for new posts.

Sophie’s World

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Sophie (S2/OLSP) creates beautiful little jewellery pieces at home. The little silver cast charms are expertly collected together to form rings, ear-rings, necklaces and bracelets. What I like about the charms is the fact that a lot of them are modern items, not little horse shoes, bears or hearts as you would expect. Instead, Sophie combines little toothpastes and bottle tops, charms based on modern objects, all collected together to form these exquisite little pieces of art.

Rian’s Skill

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This week’s work from home comes from Rian M (S2, OLSP). Rian has amazing observational skills, drawing, sizing and detail comes to him naturally. He does not need to pre-plan drawings or add layout lines/guide lines to get a successful result, this is a talent that only comes with practice and refining your skills. Above and below you’ll see a few examples from his ever increasing sketchbook. How great is that hand drawing? Seriously?! Great stuff Rian, thanks for letting us have a glimpse into your sketchbook.

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Killing Time

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I haven’t really updated the work from home section in a long time and have a huge backlog of doodles and drawings to get through, so to try and keep everyone happy, I will try and feature one piece of work from each pupil. If you’d like to see more from any single individual, let me know and I will sort something out, otherwise, enjoy the variety.

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Above, Nicole H (S2, OLSP) gives us a weird, surreal, but very entertaining poster image. The bun character looks insane, though it is mildly discerning that it is labelled ‘Mum’. I have a hundred questions about it, but don’t want to ask them as any answer that was given would not be as rewarding as looking at that image. Below, Lauren C (S2, OLSP) has drawn a beautifully simple bird drawing on ripped paper. there is something very sad and lonely about this image, I love it.

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Above; Hana K (S2, OLSP), who has been previously featured (1/2) provides us with this very graphic and stylised face drawing. I really like the nearly non-existent nose, I would’ve liked it to have been completely removed. The pen work to fill in the shapes must have taken ages to do.

Piles Of Drawings, Drawing On Tiles

Kathleen M (S3, OLSP) provided her sketchbook to let me photograph a few pages from it. There was a huge range of images to choose from, though the small selection below is just a few of the drawings that I liked. Kathleen created a ‘Lowry’ New York scene last year for the previously featured ‘Disaster and Emergency’ ILC News broadcast. Kathleen has incredible skill, her range is not captured in these few quick drawings.

Kathleen also sent this photo of a mosaic table that she helped create for a family member’s garden. Having worked with mosaic tiles and enamel paints a few years ago myself, I can tell you that it is extremely hard to keep control of the image and to carefully arrange the cut tiles. Great work Kathleen, I can’t wait to see and publish more of it…

It Helps To Keep A Scrap Book

Chloe M (S3, OLSP) shows us how she collects images together for use later. Developing these skills as she did (this book is from S2) will help her when working towards her new National Qualification. Since the change of the qualification system, pupils are no longer required to write two essays, they are now expected to create a ‘resource book’ full of examples of art, notes and annotations about the artist and designer looked at and their inspirations. By introducing pupils to image collecting, note taking and resource building at earlier stages, we can help them become self reliant when it comes to their own inspiration and resources.