I wanted to share with you all some of my schemes of work so I have started with one that I have been using for a while now.
YR10 ART Altered Nature Term 1&2 2015
I use it as the first project for year 10 GCSE artists and have been tweaking it for the last few years and I feel I have now got it to a place where I am happy with it. It runs for a term and a half and results in a 3D ceramic outcome. I have added a few images to show some of the outcomes from the course of the project.
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!
Above is a selection of year 10 ceramic tile work that was influenced by the colours and shapes seen in microscopic cell imagery.
They first developed a range of ideas in their sketchbook and then selected their best idea to re-create in clay. Once fired they used acrylic paints to achieve the vibrant and bold colours.