Making a glazed pot
Looking at the natural world of plant life and exploring it through tonal and colour observations (2B & 4B pencils, Oil Pastels), developing creative, decorative pattern work and applying this to ceramics translating their floral designs into textural relief work.
Illustrating a book
Understanding colour theory through ready mixed paint. Decoding a composition of a book illustration. Redesigning the cover of a published novel of their choice. Using watercolours and pen and ink.
Moving figures painting
Initially pupils master various complex concepts linked to drawing, proportion and measuring skills, depth, light and shade and perspective. Pupils generate a dramatic story to draw and paint incorporating all the skills and concepts explored to produce a narrative piece in ready mixed paint.
Expressive ceramic figurine
Exploring a historic, international figure that they admire. Pupils visually investigate their life and character. Developing drawings that generating various ways to portray their figure before finally producing their best idea in clay. Once fired they paint the ceramic using ready mixed paint.
Pupils are given many ways to tackle this challenge in a series of practical sessions, including working from a grid. Use of colour for expression and tonal values is explored. A screen printed self portrait is also created and a series of portraits printed.
Pupils begin to prepare for their individual project through a series of key homework’s. The project is a major undertaking, supported by lunchtime and after school art clubs. Pupils are encouraged to produce highly meaningful work in an original way. Using three distinct sources of visual information: a great artist, period in history and a theme/hobby. Pupils use the art materials in any combination.