It’s been very strange that Beth W has not had an Artwork of the Week yet, she made an amazing sports collage that was exhibited in Paisley Museum, she created a great Skeleton Bride for the Day of the Dead and never seems to do any wrong, her work is flawless. It is for this reason that I have had to acknowledge Beth now, even if it is a little late.
Beth decided not to keep her artwork which has been very beneficial to the school and myself. Her sports collage and skeleton sculpture are decorating the art corridor wall, while her Jekyll and Hyde book (above) is now part of my own growing collection of strong pupil work.
So why do I like this cover so much? The pencil side is beautifully sketched, in fact it almost made Beth and I cry when we had to cut it in half for the cover. The depth of the eye along with the shadowing around the nose makes the portrait very intense. Although the drawing looks at lot older than Beth, its resemblance is accurate. The monster side is disturbingly simplistic, its stretched nose and bloodshot eye show a diseased and unhappy Hyde rather than a strong, cliched one. The type is also cleanly cut after many attempts.
I don’t understand why Beth chooses not to keep her own work, though I’m glad, for my benefit, that that is her choice.
S2 completed their Jekyll and Hyde Book Cover unit with over 150 books being produced. Almost all pupils decided to keep their books, those that didn’t, gave their books over for donation to the Gleniffer High School library (6 in total), I then kept 4 that I really liked including Beth W‘s and Ainsley G‘s.
Above Hannah and David C show the variety of choice that was allowed when creating the cover. Choice was the important factor in this project, as pupil decisions helped to benefit or disadvantage the success of their cover.
Pupils where given the task to write a quote and the blurb for the back cover. Ben, Bronwyn, Courtney and Heather where the talented winners. Each pupil had to add colour with colouring pencil to the back cover that didn’t interfere with the type, though married itself with the front cover.
Pupils had to combine the collage cover, using scalpels and spray glue, they planned out the cover, the spine and the back. Each element had to be a perfect fit or the cover would not have worked. The covers were laminated and scored by the pupils and attached to a free Jekyll and Hyde book that had been given away at the Edinburgh book festival.
Above are some of my favourite examples of a scribbling technique I tried with my S2 classes. Pupils were asked to try and create a ‘frustrated’ scribble drawing of Mr Hyde using a Fine Berol Pen. I like how each drawing is completely unique even though pupils had all used the same resource image. It shows that even from S2 very strong styles are developing to help each pupils work stand out.
While working on his Jekyll and Hyde Book Cover, Jordan H (S2) came up with the clever idea that he would swap some of the letters. By mixing the letters of the sensible Jekyll and the horrific Hyde words, Jordan shows that they are one and the same. A clever typography trick to symbolise the book in three simple words.
2L continue to push their way quickly through the Jekyll & Hyde Book Cover Unit. Having completed their full face pencil drawing, then a half face colour pastel drawing, they have combined the two and fixed the image to the cover side of their ‘net’. Most have finished their titles and are placing the spine. The only thing left to do is write a back cover summary, laminate and attach the cover to the actual book.