Isla L (S1, OLSP) shows off her patience for detail and quality during her creation of a hand drawn pattern for the front of her homework book.
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.
Rachel shows us how to create a clever co-ordinate for a Timorous Beasties inspired wallpaper pattern. The skill is to make sure that anything that touches the edges of the co-ordinate is then continued at the opposite end. It’s all about measuring. An incredibly professional piece of work for a then S2 pupil.
While on my third student placement at Notredame Secondary I thought that it was time to try teaching outside the classroom. Not just in another room or hall, actually outside. Now most teachers won’t remember the ‘outside’, but hopefully some of you pupils out there will have seen it during your summer holidays.
I decided to get pupils to collect some leaves (I made twenty kits with gloves, a bag and rules on collecting) to start a Goldsworthy influenced unit. The leaves would be studied and drawn, then composed and collaged in the classroom to prepare for outside work. By involving the pupils in the task under classroom rules I was preparing them for similar work outside the classroom.
Pupils sketched their chosen leaf, traced and duplicated the sketch, then inked the drawing in black pen. The drawings were then cut out and composed on a sheet of green card. Pupils were allowed to swap and trade their leaves with other peers to build up a pattern of their choice. The pattern was then fixed with glue.
Pupils, now familiar with the idea of making a constructed pattern with natural objects,explored the technique with natural items in 3D in the classroom.
I split the classroom into five workstations; wood, petals, leaves, stone and water. At each workstation pupils would explore the material and try to build as many pieces of art in a ten minute block. Good examples were then photographed and discussed with the class on why they were successful. These ideas would then be used for inspiration when we took the project outside.
Michael C (S1) had given me this pattern sample a long time ago, and although he has been featured before, I thought this image was nice enough to allow him another few seconds of fame.
Work from home submissions are like buses. You wait and wait for one and all of a sudden, three come along all at once. Let’s get started; Michael C (S1) gave me this little pattern ages ago, it had then been adorning my personal board above my computer at my desk. Michael is always creating patterns on graph paper. This one features the ying yang symbol which is a representation of good and evil.
Below Sean (S1) practices trying to draw himself in a mirror, something we had been exploring in class.
Kirsten (S1) explores the realms of the fantastical and returns with this coloured study of a dragon.
Most of my pupils are completely sick of hearing me say, “you need to make that choice,” anytime they ask me about what they should do. Art is about the choices we make, the choice of subject, the choice of media, our composition choice and the effort we choose to put into the piece. Every pupil should have the confidence to make the choice needed to ‘better’ their piece, though sometimes it helps to get a little guidance into that decision… I guess that is why teachers are there, to offer that guidance.
April (S3) is working on her portraiture final piece, the last sheet of her Intermediate unit. She has spent a long time fine tuning the pencil work on her face, but is now ready to focus on the background of the image. She has chosen what object will be in the pattern of her background; a cassette tape, though she is not sure whether the pattern should be repetitive or irregular.
Choice 1: The Repetitive Pattern
Choice 2: The Scattered Pattern
The Art Classroom would like you to vote for your choice. Which image do you prefer, which image is stronger? In the poll below, make your choice and help April make her choice.