Year 8 – Peculiar Portraits

Peculiar Portraits


Pupils were tasked with finding a base image of a face for a homework task, they then brought this to the next lesson. As usual there were some that did not have the homework so I have a few images photocopied for those that did not have anything.

As a starter I showed the class a selection of abstract portraits from other artists and we discussed these as a class.

I gave a quick demo of the task and then they set about cutting up bits and pieces from the magazines provided (ones I have found particularly good are fashion magazines for facial features/clothing and also The National Geographic for animal parts and textures).

The pupils really enjoyed making the faces as crazy as possible!


Year 7 – Soft Pastel Lollies

Pastel Lollies


I wanted to introduce year 7 to working with soft pastels and our theme is food so I found 3 different images of ice lollies and ice creams (I have 3 images of differing levels of difficulty ) for the pupils to select from. The pupils really enjoyed working with this media and they really grasped the different techniques I showed them.

Right click and save the link for a copy of the lessons resources and powerpoint: L6 Lolly pastels PP

Year 7 – Clay Tiles

Sea creatures clay tiles

Here are just a few of the year 7’s clay tiles that are waiting to dry and be fired. They were very excited about working with clay and have really tried to follow their designs in their sketchbooks. I can’t wait to see them painted next week!

Recycled Bugs – Year 8

Recycled Bugs

Year 8 have been looking at the work of Chris Goodwin who creates mini bugs out of items he finds. The students collected bits and pieces from home for homework and in the lesson combined these with items I provided (such as paper clips, scraps of cardboard, buttons, beads, wire etc) to make their own mini creature. They used wire and the hot glue guns to stick each of the pieces together. Each pupil came up with something totally different and unique and they were really pleased with the results.

Chalk and Charcoal – Year 10

Lion Chalk Charcoal

The theme for year 10 this half term is Buildings and Architecture, so one of the tasks set was to reproduce a stone lion image in chalk and charcoal. Above are a few of the pieces produced by the class, as you can see each pupil has their own style when applying the media. Some of the class really liked the loose and expressive quality of chalk and charcoal, while others really struggled. I think we shall be revisiting it later this year!

Illustrating Poems

Montage Illustration work

I have finally got around to putting together some of the photos from last terms work!

Above are a few of year 7’s illustrations based on poems. They used watercolour and fineliner to create a cartoon style and then added the text printed on acetate over the top. I photocopied the whole classes work and printed out a book with them in all for them all to keep, which they really liked.

Collage Portraits – Year 8

Collage portraitsA simple but effective way to create portrait work. Pupils traced the outlines of their face onto the boards using carbon paper and a photograph of themselves. They then filled each selection with various paper based collage materials. Once they had filled all the white gaps they went back to their original images and using acetate sheets and a permanent pen they traced of the details of their face and shoulders. The acetate was finally stuck over their collage using a glue stick.