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Making An Impression



Jeannine H (S4, OLSP) has been trying hard do refine her pastel work and try and show off her strokes and colour skills. By using a pointillism technique, Jeannine has been able to take control of her previously messy oil pastel work and make it look like an old master. This technique takes time and patience, though she has done such a good job on this trial for her expressive exam, I had to make it an ‘Artwork of the Week’ and show you all this bright, bold and delightful landscape.

Familiar Guy

Jamie J (S4, OLSP) has been working on drawings for an animation. He started with drawings that looked a lot like Family Guy and Simpsons characters, but he is quickly finding his own style  (a nice amalgamation of the two), an example of which, you’ll see above. I helped Jamie colour the drawing to make it look more professional, I can’t wait to see more of his ideas and maybe even try and animate them.

Franz Marc’s The Spot

My S1 Pupils (11-12 year old) from OLSP have been working on a ‘fit for life’ project that involves them using colour theory to convey health. Looking at the work of Franz Marc (a German Expressionist who gave meaning to the colours he used), pupils had to paint a strong or weak animal using these colours. I found it really hard to choose one of them for ‘artwork of the week’, so I’ve decided to go for four choices this week.

Jean M has painted a very weak and hurt horse. She has done an incredible job on the tone and texture of the animals skin and it’s eye shows so much emotion.

Emily M has also painted a weak horse, though has gone for using brighter tones of colour. The animal still looks fragile due to the way Emily has painted the horses legs. I really like the intense reds she has added to show the dark tones on the animal.

Jodie B has created a beautiful painting of a little weak lamb. It’s impressive how she has used comforting reds to surround the lamb and make it look like it is protected by the background.

Rebecca D has painted a strong Flamingo. Although it looks like a weak animal, she has used strong blue hues and vivid oranges to bring out the strength of the animal. Though, it’s not that clear cut, the same blue makes the bird look very sad and lonely.


Just a quick photo of Paula A’s (S1, OLSP) initial drawing for her ‘weak’ lamb based on the colour theory and Fauvism-like style of Franz Marc (as pointed out by Darla below, Marc was actually part of ‘The Blue Rider’ movement). This is for a project based on ‘Fit4Life’, a Curriculum for Excellence initiative that highlights healthy living throughout all subjects. I just love this work already, hopefully she can do it justice when she reaches the painting stage. She’s already captured Marc’s stylised shapes, so I’m sure she can pull it off. I’ll keep you posted on her progress.

Bowled Over

Iona F (S4, OLSP) shows off her pencil skills in a quick colour/tone study. Although there are small issues with the shape of the bowl, this goes completely unnoticed as the layers added onto the apple and the vivid colours of the kiwi fruit dominate the piece. Iona uses her pencil control to her advantage, she is able to work lightly and carefully, building up layers of colours to create a fine textured surface. A beautiful drawing… Nice work Iona.

If you are interested in achieving the same result:

Draw lightly (start the guide lines with colouring pencils (a light orange or blue works well), don’t mix normal grey pencils with colour).

Always use three pencils (harmonising colours e.g. red, orange, yellow) at once, chop and change, mixing the colours together to build up the surface.

Coverage is important, try to hide visible paper for a better result.