Y10 have been working extremely hard to get their tonal self portraits finished for their ‘Christmas Style Lecture’ that is due to take place next week.
Pupils have looked at portraits through history in order to help them with their own self portraits.
Pupils have been asked to plan a background for their portraits to show aspects of their character and what makes them who they are. They have all been asked to create a rough plan in their sketchbook. Here are some examples:
Pupils now need to complete their background and mount their tonal self portraits onto them.
Here is one in progress:
Im looking forward to seeing this piece of work completed and displayed next week! Well done X23! Keep up the fantastic work!
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.
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.
Students in X22 have been working hard during the course of this term on an expedition that explores the value of freedom and how this can be easily compromised by extremism and hate. Students have studied the rise to power of Hitler and how he consolidated his grip on Germany in the 1930s and 40s through creating a culture of fear, blind nationalism and the use of propaganda.
Alongside their historical studies, students have read and analysed the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. The novel is an allegory of the events that led up to the Russian Revolution at the start of the nineteenth century and the subsequent rise to power of Stalin. The novel focuses on how power corrupts and how an ideal can be quickly destroyed by greed and inequality. There are obvious links between the case studies and students have been grappling with some very difficult and sophisticated concepts. Above is a picture of X22 Skipper working with grit and determination to complete a timed analysis of an extract from the novel – a key skill they will need for their English Literature GCSE. Look at the amount Marley, in the top right hand corner, has written in just fifteen minutes! The whole Year Group have been really focused and are determined to produce work of a high quality. Great work, X22!
Today X22 students had an excellent opportunity to attend Sheffield Hallam University. The day involved an introduction to university and a chance to experience what studying for three years would be like. Students found out about the pathways into university and had the chance to see the numerous different courses on offer. Becky and Renee, from HEPP, were really helpful and used their own knowledge and experience to help build students’ understanding. Thank you HEPP!