Thursday, December 08, 2005

Year 12 IB Art Project 2 (until half term)

Visualisation of a character described in a song leading to relief sculpture and block printing.

Initial Research in RWB (from now until January 9th)

Part 1: Choose a passage from a song that describes an individual character (possible examples below)

Do not choose a song and then do a picture of the actual singer (no Kurts, Bobs or Jimmies please!!!)

Part 2: Find lots of images of people that fit your conception of that character. This may be from your own photographs, magazines, newspapers, paintings by other artists etc.

Part 3: Draw and paint these images in various media. Be experimental. Use collaged photocopies and magazine pictures cut up and pasted together (certainly by hand and also possibly using PhotoShop etc). Work and rework the existing faces to create something new. Work over images in paint, pencil etc. Photocopy the final images and work over them again.

The above work should fill at least 9 sides in your book.

Make these pages funky and busy – they should be working pages – integrate notes, lyrics and imagery.

Also 3 sides (minimum) illustrated research into printing techniques including: Linocut, Silkscreen, Etching and Woodcut.

Studio Work (Jan 9th onwards)

Parts 4 & 5: (simultaneous): Using the final image to develop a block print that will be taken to at least 3 colour stages.

4 A1 sheets + multiple A3 & A4 experiments. You will also make a relief sculpture centred around a 3-dimensional realisation based upon your image. The ‘portrait’ sculptures will expand/be framed/explode outwards so as to continue the idea of the character at the centre (look at previous year 12s’ project for a clearer understanding of this)

The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby

Eleanor Rigby,
Picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been,
Lives in a dream.
Waits at the window,
Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door,
Who is it for?

The Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK

I am an antichrist
I am an anarchist
Don't know what I want
But I know how to get it
I wanna destroy passers by
Cause I Wanna be
No dogs body

The Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
Son, I’m 30
I only went with your mother ‘cause she’s dirty
And I don’t have a decent bone in me
What you get is just what you see yeah
I should so I take it free yeah
And all the bad preserves be things that feed me
I never help or give to the needy
Come on and see me

PIXIES - Ed Is Dead

Her head is in a bitter way
Her brain's on fire
She's just looking for the perfect wave
It's her brain's desire
I'll think of her when I walk the strand

Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul and fate
And I was 'round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you

Is the nature of my game

BLUR - Country House
He's got morning glory; life's a different story
Everything going jackanory, in touch with his own mortality
He's reading Balzac, knocking back Prozac
It's a helping hand that makes you feel wonderfully bland
Oh it's the century’s remedy

For the faint at heart, a new start

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Tuesday Lunchime Art Club

I have no idea either!


Most of you lot will really like this stuff (because you are wierd!)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Turner Prize

Have a look - see who you think should win

will it be the buttocks or the bicycle?

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Research Workbook Task (the next 20 sides and beyond)

‘True art takes note not merely of form but also of what lies behind.’

Mahatma Gandhi

In the next stage of your project you will observe and record yourself in a range of 2-dimensional media. As always you will link your Studio Work with your Research Workbook studies. By next marking day you must have completed:

At least 8 sides of portrait observations of yourself in materials including, but not limited to: PENCIL, PAINT, COLLAGE, PHOTOGRAPHY, CHARCOAL, OIL PASTEL, and BIRO (PEN).

Some pages may be a compilation of rapid studies, others might be longer, more precise single images. Use several mirrors, try drawing yourself from unusual angles, in the back of a spoon etc! Do some ultra detailed close up studies of eyes, mouths, noses etc. Do several continuous line drawings on the same page from different angles.

At least 12 sides of research into portrait painters and painters of the human figure. This should include studies from their work in appropriate media (thick, impasto brush marks if you are working from Van Gogh for example). You should compare the work of 3 or 4 different artists. You should choose painters who have approached the portrait in diverse ways. For example the dynamic, heavy, slow expressionism of Frank Auerbach compared to the delicate precision of Albrecht Durer.

Your writing should explain when, why and how the portraits were made. How does the time and place in which they were painted affect the final painting? Is it an image of a King painted by a well-paid official court portraitist or a group of 19th Century Dutch peasants painted by an artist with an interest in describing social problems and poverty? Your notes are as important as your images – your RWB is not just a sketchbook. Write about brushwork, style, technique, colour, mood, composition, realism versus caricature. How do the pose and the costume of the person being painted tell us a story of their life, status and character? Are they naked on a bed or gazing down at us in full battle armour on the back of a horse? Are they placed higher or lower than the other people in the painting? Does the painter aim to flatter them or to show them as they really are - ‘warts and all’? Why?

Consider if there is still a place in the world for the painted portrait in the age of photographic and digital imagery. Can a painter tell us something about the subject that a photographer can’t? How?

Do you agree with the quote by Gandhi? How can a painted portrait show us what is underneath or inside of the character of the person being painted – or is painting only meant to act like a camera: recording the image created by light reflected from the object/person in front of it?

Some Names: Frank Auerbach, Frans Hals, Picasso, Rembrandt, Jenny Saville, Frida Kahlo, Tom Wood, Berthe Morisot, Artimesia Gentileschi, Lucian Freud, Gwen John, Matisse, De Kooning, Georg Grosz, Hans Holbein, Gilbert & George, Giotto, Klimt, Hundertwasser, Munch, Roualt, Francis Bacon, Durer, Gauguin, Modigliani, Giacometti, Chardin, Dubuffet, Caravaggio, Botero, Egon Sciele, Goya, Van Gogh, Velazquez, Otto Dix, Alice Neel, etc.

Some Useful Web sites: Quotes about Art (yes writing!) The national Portrait Gallery Art at Saint George’s Lucian Freud Frida Kahlo

Site about Jenny Saville (work shown above)

(Mr Morgan’s favourite – Rembrandt!)

‘I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.’

Frida Kahlo

Text Box: ‘I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.’ Frida Kahlo

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Hooray for Jessica & Renesa!

Jess won first prize and Renesa got third in this year's FAO poster competition (fourth year in a row that SGBIS has won first prize in the senior category)

oh those crayzee year 12s what are they up to now?

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

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Ines mentioned that it might be nice to allow people to leave comments ('Mr Morgan is very good' - that sort of thing)

So now if I have done this correctly you can (only on new posts so I had better do some)

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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

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Monday, January 17, 2005


Change of Plan for the Art Expedition.

We are now Florence based at this hotel

Hotel Montreal

It doesn't have a pool, but the trip is now down to €170!