To help the younger years in school begin to analyse artists and designers work I have made some wipeable mats with key questions on. We used this as a starter activity to get the ideas flowing which the students then used in the lesson to help them write up a short analysis piece on their artist.
Here is the mat in PowerPoint format: Artist Analysis Mat
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
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!
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.
In the first term year 7 are introduced to a range of different media, this week they have been woking with batik. Their theme is Under the Sea and so they have created batik samples based on fish, an octopus and a starfish.
They first lightly traced off the image onto their fabric square in pencil. I had two batik pots set up on a separate table with 2 tools in each, when their trace was complete they were called up individually so that I did not have too many students around the hot wax at one time. I had another mini activity sheet printed so that those that were waiting for the wax has something to occupy them. We did not have any fabric paints so I we used watery block paint, which worked well and although its not wash proof would be fine as the samples are just to be stapled into the students sketchbooks.
Power point for the lesson: Batik PP
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.