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In Fitness Or In Mental Health

This week’s AOTW comes from Alison C (S1, OLSP). Alison has been working with her classmates on a project looking at physical and mental health. This chalk and charcoal sketch was a study of a similar piece by Glasgow Artist Peter Howson. Howson paints physically strong men who are usually sad, poverty stricken and unhappy in their situation. Alison has shown great skill and patience looking in her work, it’s a shame it remains unfinished, though it’s still a great artwork. Well done Alison.

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.

Urban Renewal

I nearly deleted this beautiful piece by accident, so it’s only fair that I feature it as ‘Artwork of the Week’. Laura O (S1 now S2, Art Claster and Film Maker, OLSP) finished it at the end of term last year and it got lost in my iPhoto library. I asked Laura O to create a depressing urban image and this is what she created… quite depressing, but very beautiful.

By Hook Or By Charcoal

Daniel (S4) from St Benedicts is always on the go, he doesn’t like to be too still or too bored for any amount of time. Like myself, he doesn’t have much patience for sitting drawing analytical observational drawings. Pastel is the perfect medium for this type of artist. Pastels are fast and frantic, they can cover large amounts of area in such a short amount of time, they’re a messy, dusty material and can be fairly easy to control when you have the few simple techniques at your grasp.

Daniel quickly drew out his guidelines in pencil, then darkened them with a piece of vine charcoal. He then threw himself into the background, trying to capture the corrugated iron with simple strokes and smudging.

I really like the white highlights on the hooks in this chalk and charcoal sketch, they make the hooks look heavy and sturdy. The fine linked chains look like they’ll break with the weight of them.

Like Chalk And Charcoal



I created this exemplar for S4’s introduction to Chalk and Charcoal techniques. The exemplar contains how to layout your drawing in charcoal (either compacted or vine), as well as the three main techniques of applying pastels; Scribbling, Smudging and Dashing. I didn’t use Scubbing, because I hate the technique and think that it ruins work rather than adds to it. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, why don’t you search ‘charcoal techniques’ on youtube.