X23 Skipper have been introduced to the ‘grid method’ in their art session today. They have looked at the artist Chuck Close who uses this method to create large scale photorealistic portraits.
He uses this method to ensure that the proportions are accurate. He us able to look at each individual section so he isn’t overwhelmed or overpowered by the whole image, breaking it down into more manageable areas which he can work through methodically.
Students looked at a piece of his work and used the grid method to start re-drawing his work at a slightly larger scale:
As you can see – Skipper have made an excellent start with these!
They will be using this method to create their own self portrait very soon!
X22 have immersed in to their trial exam in Art for the expedition ‘Past, Present and/or Future’. They should have collected 8 contextual images and annotated them in their sketchbook or on a doc. For next week they need to have 2 contextual studies drawn in their chosen media (this has been set for extended study and is on google classroom).
This is some of their artwork that they are currently working on.
In the run up to X22’s mock exams we have been unpicking exam questions and practising applying our exam technique. Today students were working hard and getting smart unpicking source, knowledge and explanation based questions. Keep up the hard work!!
X22 are working on their coursework for Art, Craft and Design; through the expedition ‘Identity’. Here are some pieces of work that reflect our ‘Habits of Work and Learning’:Getting Smart and Working Hard! The craftsmanship and quality of the work is really developing. Well done and keep up the beautiful work!
Students have also independently researched what ‘identity’ means to them and looked at artists work to influence their ideas. This is evident in the unique work they are producing.
At the end of last term in Crew we spent some time reflecting and unpicking what our HOWLs should look like. Following our return from the two week break each Crew member has set new pledges to ensure they are Getting Smart, Being Kind and Working Hard. We will use these new pledges to frame and focus our final term in Year 10
X22 Admiral invited parents into school earlier this evening to talk to them about how they are revising for their upcoming mock examinations, the targets they have set themselves and the progress that they expect to make.
I was particularly impressed with the honesty and integrity of students as they shared what they had done well and what they needed to do more of in future to ensure they succeed.
Students covered their progress in English, Maths, Science, History and Spanish. Mature and intelligent discussions that reflect how hard these young people are working and how smart they are getting as a result!
As we are now coming to the end of our expedition ‘Are we really free to choose?‘ students have once again being applying their knowledge and practising answering exam questions. It’s been really pleasing to see so many students Working Hard and Getting Smart when attempting source and interpretation questions. Students have really risen to the challenge with these tricky questions! Here are just a few examples of their hard work from this week.
Here is an update on X22, working hard on a KWL protocol whilst reading about shopping preferences in our current topic “Town and Tourism”. Students grappled with what they already knew, and wanted to learn from the texts.