This week in Crew Earhart we have been focusing on seeking out the positives of strange difficult time in our lives. The check in this week was “What are you most looking forward to when the lockdown restrictions are lifted?” A challenging question, students responses were “to go to nandos” or “see my friends again” or “see all my family again.” It is certainly times like these that make you realise what is really important in life.
We also spent time looking at the expedition work tracker and challenging each other for why work has not been completed and praising those who have been working really hard. (Charlotte, Scarlett, Lois, Tyler) Many students in our crew have struggled to get into any sort of routine or to complete work. We are now really trying to work on this. As Mr Voltaire said in our hangout “It’s not important as such what you haven’t completed it’s about keeping up now with the new expedition” This reminded me of the C.S.Lewis quotation:
This is a really important message for students in our crew who are getting closer to entering Year 11, a very crucial year for them all. A year we which will be made easier by being crew and supporting each other. So let’s get motivated Crew and “change the ending!”
Crew need to start taking some tips and support from our own Charlotte Beard who is absolutely smashing it at the minute! Handing in work on time and to a exceptional standard. Well done Charlotte, we are very proud of you.
Alongside completing work, Crew Earhart have been enjoying having time to themselves. Students have been going on walks, bike riding, playing football etc. Check out the photos the students took of what they have been doing!
Also impressive work by Mills for her GCSE coursework.
See you all on Friday at 2pm! This time can we make sure that we all put our cameras on and turn off any distractions, getting together as a crew is really important… so be present!
X23 have recently been studying Volume and Surface Area in maths. Cementation Skanska delivered an Industry Workshop on how volume is used in piling and foundations. Students were able to apply the maths they have been learning to calculate the volume of concrete and steel reinforcements needed for particular projects. Fantastic effort by all students!
X23’s Three Dimensional Design class have started their project on ‘Identity’ with some cardboard relief work. Carving into corrugated cardboard sheets, they’ve exposed the patterns under the surface and used these to create areas of light and shade. Students have worked from high contrast source images to create portraits. It can be tricky and time consuming to complete, so the year 10s had to work hard in order to get the best out of the material.
X23 will be sitting a short round of mock exams starting towards the end of this week and into the early part of next week. The exams will focus largely on the content covered in the previous two terms but will include unfamiliar content also so it is important that students do some extra study to prepare. Students will be given some additional revision sessions this week to prepare. As our students in X23 move a step closer to their real GCSE examinations in 2021, this is another opportunity for them to feel what it is like to sit in the exam hall and get used to the conditions. It is also a good opportunity for us to take an informed snapshot of progress and make plans for the rest of this year and into Year 11. The exam timetable can be found below.
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!!