In GCSE we visit galleries to get inspiration and explore techniques used by famous artists.
We have fun experimenting with printing, sculpture, weaving, collage and paint. Art gives students the opportunity to express themselves in a different way and grow in confidence whilst they do this.
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Bronze Arts Award
Several KS4 students were offered the opportunity to take part in the Bronze Arts Award at Rural Arts, Thirsk. David, Rebecca and Tony took up the offer with enthusiasm. The theme was sculpture.
The first part of the award was ‘Being an Audience’ which we did, with the help of Pippa Shaw, when we visited MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) to see the exhibitions by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and William McKeown and Anish Kapoor. The Anish Kapoor sculptures were the favourite with comments like :
“The hole in the wall tricked me”and “I found out that art comes in different shapes and forms” as well as “I learnt that art hasn’t always got to do with perfect pictures .
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Y11 have been working on Man-made and Mechanical starting points. They have explored the work of several artists including Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Delaunay and Fernand Leger. Experimentation in wax resist, printing, acrylic application, chalks and pastels has been the main focus. Y11 are busy preparing for their mock exam at the end of term. They begin their GCSE exam work after Christmas
Our students attended Rural Arts where they experienced four different sculptural forms. The first day was noisy as we designed and produced Beaten Metal Sculptures lead by Angela who taught us how to cut and beat texture into our metal designs.
Stephannie showed us how to design and make willow and tissue paper sculptures on the second day. Some of the sculptures were as big as people.
Day three was piping hot and just as well because we enjoyed the weather whilst doing stone sculptures. A difficult concept to grasp – instead of constructing a sculpture we were taking it away from the block. David’s mallet and chisel barely stopped all day – he must have had arm ache but produced a wonderful vase half his height.
The fourth day began with us all researching an artist we admired. After some hard work Angela treated us to clay work where we produced tiles. Our final day was a treat for the teachers as we were given demonstrations by all the students on techniques of claywork – we learnt a lot of things we had missed the day before. After spending a whole week at Rural Arts it was sad to be leaving but we all learnt a great deal and grew in confidence. David impressed the moderator for the course with all his knowledge and enthusiasm.
Needless to say all three of them passed with flying colours.
The Award is equivalent to half a GCSE so well done David, Rebecca and Tony.
In the Autumn term Y10 looked at Environment and Maps. They studied Hundertwasser and Ruth Piper
Here are some of the websites we use to find out about other artists and to be inspired by them.
Those students who choose to do GCSE Art work hard to complete the course. Some students who join us later on manage to do this in half the time allocated. All our students will agree that the quality of their work improves with practice. All our students are able to choose their own starting point for their coursework which gives them more ownership of their work. By the time they tackle the exam in the Spring term they have built up their confidence and are able to work more independently.
Useful websites for students
http://www.juliastubbs.co.uk/ has a range of students’ work with plenty of ideas for both students and teachers
http://www.incredibleart.org/ a gallery of work and lesson ideas
https://uk.pinterest.com/lexarenee/art-teacher-websites/ plenty of images to get ideas from