Year 10 were lucky enough to have a visiting artist come and work with them for a day. The class have been looking at cells and microscopic organisms. Leading up to this workshop they had experimented with oil pastel close up studies and have investigated the the shapes and forms found in cells.
Adrienne Roberts, our visiting ceramic artist, started the day by getting the students to make quick pen studies of individual cell forms, this then lead on to getting the students to experiment with different ways to make marks in clay. Adrienne brought with her a range of materials for the students to press in to the clay to get different effects.
After this the students set about creating a design idea for their cell inspired piece. The students drew in the knowledge they had gained from the previous tasks and were able to develop some excellent ideas. The last task was to replicate their design in clay, all the students managed this well and produced some great pieces.
I would whole heartedly recommend bringing in an artist in to the classroom, it gave the students a refreshing experience which they all thoroughly enjoyed!