Year 9 have been continuing to show some quite complex abstract ideas during our art lessons at Lansdowne School. Many different contemporary artists have been studied during the spring term. We learn a little about the history and techniques of these artists, and then attempt to use this knowledge to influence our own art ideas.
The final few weeks of the spring term has seen Year 9 learning about the Russian artist Marc Chagall. We have researched how he undertook his training in Paris. Chaggal’s work then developed so that he added specific items to his paintings. The students have seen how these include faces, buildings and even his own dreams.
The pupils have also observed how the painting of Chagall could be rotated through 90 degrees each time, yet still make sense. There is no incorrect way in which to hang or display a Chaggal work of art.
The final day of teaching for the spring term at Lansdowne School saw such beautiful weather that we thought that it would be a shame to waste this opportunity of working outside.
A temporary art studio was set up looking at some of the trees that surround our school. Miss Jordan asked the pupils to look in detail at the trees, and then sketch out some designs. Charcoal was then used to add extra tone and depth. The pupils were encouraged to rotate their work in the style of Cheggal. Finally buildings were added into the sketches.
Year 9 will continue with this learning after the Easter break. We will be asking the students to consider drawing their own dreams using the Tempera Batik style. This involves drawing and then painting using several layers of tempera. This is mixed in with glue.
The next part of the process involves painting over the images using Indian drawing ink. This seems quite harsh, but once the ink is washed away, the glue makes the paint stick to the card. The batik black ink is left behind.
This way of working all fits in with the way that we approach art at Lansdowne School. The students are continually encouraged to break down pre-conceptions and ideas of how drawings should look.