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Laura’s Creepy Crawley



This week’s ‘AOTW’ comes from Laura H (S2/OLSP). She is working on an environmental building based on a house centipede. She is making a maquette of the centipede first and then developing some of the 3D elements into a factory building. This is part of a new engineering promotion initiative and her class is entered into a competition to try and win. If they all continue to be this good, I think we just might win it. Well done Laura!


Kyle, Nicole and Kieran (S2, OLSP, Top, Middle & Bottom Above) finish off the vines on their amazing Timorous Beasties co-ordinate pattern. They will then photograph them and make a pattern to repeat on a surface such as wallpaper, upholstery or textiles. Ryan (S2, OLSP, Below) takes time to consider what kind of vines, stems and leaves he will place around his Weevil motifs.

She’s Got A Sting In Her Tail

After producing a powerful and detailed 3D relief piece around child slavery and third world labour for her last unit, you would think Cara T (S2, OLSP) would rest on her laurels. Fortunately for us she’s still working away and is producing a gruesome pattern based on the Timorous Beasties range. Below, Cara simplifies and traces her tonal drawing to make the main motif for her co-ordinate (working space that then produces a pattern).


Let It Beetle



This week’s “Artwork of the Week’ comes from Iona M (S1 from St Benedicts). Iona had been working on a quick sketch of a Stag Beetle, studying layout and shape drawing. She imagined the photo of the insect as simplified shapes, rectangles and sausages, so that she could layout the size, angles and segments. After checking these guidelines, she then darkened and defined her lines to make the insect stand out. After that, she had a few minutes before the end of class to tone the insect using shading and smudging.

Iona shows great confidence and skill for S1 and if she had more time to add to her work, I’m sure her drawing would have been even more fabulous. That aside, what she has achieved in around 15 mins appealed to me. A nice clean style, with confident lines and a good use of tonal contrasts.

In Sections

A very late but interesting activity resource today. Pupils cut out the jigsaw shapes of the dragon fly to copy the small image on the lower left. When cutting out the insect parts I would advise that pupils leave a halo of white, approximately 2mm around the parts when cutting. Parts should be glued down with a glue stick (i.e. Pritt Stick). One issue I’ve had with this sheet is when pupils trim out the parts they often cut their name and class from the top of the form. Just be aware of this if it happens. For future cutting activities I have made sure the name and class are very close to the working area.

Remember when teaching pupils to cut with scissors that they should use the whole scissor length, long slow cuts and move the paper not the scissors.

When completed, pupils should leave the insect to dry and work on colouring the background using tone. This should leave enough time for the insect to crisp up and be dry enough to be coloured itself.

I use this resource for S1-S3 (pupils aged 11-14)

The jpeg resource can be downloaded below from the ‘Box’ (bottom right-hand column).cutoutinsect