Year 10 have been incredibly busy during recent art sessions producing a number of different styles of artwork and working with many different forms of material. We are preparing the pupils to have as much confidence as possible in their own artistic skills ahead of their GCSE art projects that they will be working on in the new school year.
One approach to art in Year 10 has been to look at responsive art. This is a style that involves looking at a well known piece of work, and then using our own creativity to produce a response to what we have see. Year 10 have been using the well known work of the Boyle family to help stimulate our own creative talents. The work of the Boyle family involved taking images of pavements and roads whilst looking for possible patterns.
Year 10 have differed to the photographic approach of the Boyle family by using the medium of collage. We wanted the pupils to be able to understand how this is a visual medium that can build up different layers and textures. We encouraged all pupil to think about the size and thickness of each shape, and what type of response they wanted their work to be the Boyle originals.
Many of the collages produced contained plenty of colour compared to the rather dark images found in the originals. We asked the Year 10 pupils to explain the differences, as well as being able to point out the similarities in the original work that has inspired our collages.
Year 10 have continued to use this theme in looking at surfaces and textures with some of the rubbings that we have produced. We have spent some time in class talking about how roads can create quite unique surfaces that may not at first appear artistic, but can show signs of repeating patterns if we look for them. You can watch a video featuring the responsive artwork and the rubbings that we have been working on above.
Other artistic ideas in Year 10 have also covered the abstract concept of Cubism. We started off this work with some life drawings. The subject matter covered everyday items such as a guitar or items of fruit. The pupils then transferred their drawings onto either tracing paper or acetate. We were then able to position the work in a particular style and build up the various layers to create a single design.
You can view a selection of the recent artwork created by Year 10 in the photo gallery below.