Thursday, December 27, 2007

I'm not suggesting that you try this at home...

graffiti brazil

Friday, December 21, 2007

An interesting book designer


Monday, December 17, 2007

James Jean

(don't forget to look at his sketchbooks...)

Click HERE

Monday, December 10, 2007

Tom Wood He's just fantastic (I think) Look Here (and particularly check out the galleries of his paintings and sketchbooks on the right side)



Saturday, December 08, 2007

Some intriguing computer based art


Monday, December 03, 2007

Santa's Ghetto


Sunday, December 02, 2007

Anatomical ideas in different times and cultures

surely this must be useful or interesting to some of you?

(click the picture)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Videos that you will


Friday, November 09, 2007

Some amazing illustrators: CLICK HERE

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Marisol - She might help jump start some ideas amongst Year 12s planning their own sculptures...

More Marisol

Friday, October 19, 2007

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Monday, June 04, 2007

Friday, May 25, 2007

Summer Task for New IB Artists

Your summer holiday task forms the beginning of your I.B. Art practical work and research studies coursework upon which your entire final grade is based. It should therefore be completed to a very high standard of presentation and content.

The first part of the task is to produce written and illustrated research in your first Research Workbook. The Research Workbooks record your personal investigations, practical experimentation, historical and contextual studies and developing studio work in the form of essays, illustrations, notes, photographs etc. They account for 40 % of your final grade. From September onwards you will be expected to complete around 4 sides in this book each week.

First get yourself a Research Workbook ! They Must be A4 size (30cm x 20cm approx.) hard bound (usually in black ) with 140 pages (280 sides). They normally cost around €15.

Your first school-based project will begin with the development and creation of a sculpture that combines ideas of portraiture and representations of the human head from a variety of cultures.

The Research tasks:

Portraiture: Part One : During the summer you are to visit at least one gallery or exhibition that includes some works of art that take the human face or head as their main theme (it doesn’t have to be in Rome). Write and illustrate a review of your visit. It is often better to write about work that you have seen which you like - but it isn’t essential. Whether your critical writing is positive or negative, it must be thoughtful - not just “I don’t like this, it’s boring” or “ I like this because it’s realistic”. You’ve all done critical writing in your G.C.S.E. Art course - remember?!!! Over 6 sides of your RWB consider issues such as:

Scale - how does a work of art’s size affect the viewer (and how is seeing an actual work of art different from seeing a reproduction in a book or on the internet for example?)

· Materials - what is it created from ?- why? - what effect does the material give?

· Content - what does the work represent ? Narrative - does it tell a story ? Does the time and place in which the piece was made affect the style and intended meaning of the work? give your personal interpretation.

· The Artist - Who ? When ?

· Even basic descriptions of colour, shapes etc. are useful - how is the mood or atmosphere of a piece affected by the artists use of colour, texture, line, pattern etc. ?

· Value judgement - is the piece successful ? Why ?

· Why was this piece of Art created? Who paid for it? Why? What task does this piece of Art hope to perform? Instruction etc?

Portraiture: Part Two

One ‘portrait/head’ related art form that is present in many diverse cultures is the mask or head dress. Therefore, as part of your research will fill at least 6 sides with drawings, paintings, photographs and notes on this theme which will form the basis of your research. For example: Native American headgear, gas masks, gimp masks, Japanese theatrical masks, motorcycle helmets, Venetian carnival masks, traditional tribal masks from various African nations, cricket masks, hockey masks, armour, skulls of animals, fish and birds, diving masks and helmets, welding masks, Egyptian burial masks, etc etc etc….

It is vital that you describe the masks and headgear in detail, both through your drawings & paintings and through notes which discuss their visual appearance, function and also WHY THEY WERE MADE. What function do they serve in the society that uses them?

Part Three: Design and create a poster for World Food Day. (This is a coursework project)

The theme of the poster is ‘The Right To Food'. This must be written clearly on your poster (in any language) Your poster can be between 30 x 40 cm and 50 x 70 cm (see me for paper). Aim to illustrate the idea of self help rather than hand outs to the poor. Have a look at and also for more ideas. Do a couple of pages of research and studies in your book before making the final poster. Be bold – which posters do you remember most clearly? which were most effective in communicating their message to you?

Remember lots of nice drawings, clear legible notes, a few photographs - this is the start of your Research Workbook - make it look attractive and interesting. Total 14 sides minimum, split between the three tasks.


Friday, May 18, 2007

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A great website about books - including artist made books and sketchbooks (not the same thing!)


Friday, April 13, 2007

OK - you think that Reading is a cool festival? Ha - even Mr Morgan has done that one!

What you need is


Thursday, April 12, 2007

This is really great too - paint your own dancer, give it a name and watch it dance in a crowd of clones!


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Click Here => Ron Mueck

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Almost certainly the coolest thing you will ever see on the internet!


be patient it will take a couple of minutes to load

This is probably what Renesa's brain is like....

Monday, March 05, 2007

Year 12 IB Art:

Developing new projects

You will have completed a huge amount of drawn, painted, collaged, written and photographic research by now (30 sides and upwards in your RWB plus the other Venice studio work on paper). Which aspects of this work you use to inspire your next projects are up to you.

Between now and the end of the year you will complete at least 2 major studio projects. One will be mostly 2 dimensional. The other can be in any combination of media and dimensions (2, 3 or 4) that you like. From now until Friday 23rd March you will produce 15 new sides in your book (10 for Standard Level) They will be the beginning of your self initiated projects, but will specifically evolve into the 2D project (usually the easiest/safest way to begin)

How to start:

From the following list of words select THREE to develop into a focus for your projects:




6 sides:

For each of your 3 chosen words produce a double page spread of collaged words, ideas, images and sketches that relate that word to your experiences and research from the Venice trip.

6 sides:

Experimentation with 2D images and techniques: Collage, photography, digital manipulation, drawing, painting, oil pastel batik, text, etc. Don’t set out with a finished idea in mind. Focus on your 3 chosen words as your direction (combined with photocopies of your own drawings and photographs from Venice). Take risks. Work back into pages in new and unusual materials. No grey pencil on these pages at all!!!

3 sides: Begin to develop more elaborate/final written and illustrated ideas for your own 2D project. Use notes to explain your decisions – don’t worry if it sounds crazy – be descriptive and inventive in your use of language.

Remember the final outcome has to be the ‘equivalent’ of a large studio painting/sculpture in terms of time, effort and quality. That means it could be a series of smaller/quicker pieces that work together.

You will notice that you only have to do 15 new sides this month – the rest of the time is for improving your Venice pages – extend notes, add further highlights/quality to drawings etc.

From March 26th until Friday April 20th you will begin to develop 20 sides of ideas and research for your second project – still Venice + your 3 words but in any combination of 2, 3 and 4 dimensional media.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Final information for Y13 Art

Final deadline for all Studio Work and Research Workbooks is March 9th. Anything given in after this date will not be marked by myself or the external examiner or included in the exhibitions. There can be absolutely no exceptions to this deadline.

Research Workbooks will not be available to candidates again until the day of their interview. They must then be left in school until the final Diploma grades are published.

Candidate Record Booklets must also be completed before March 9th. This includes:

  • Photographs of 12 of each candidates best projects. Some projects may need 2 photographs to show them properly. Candidates take all photos themselves. The Art department will arrange printing if cropped and checked jpeg image files are provided to Mr Morgan no later than March 5th.
  • 20 pages from the 360+ pages that an average candidate is expected to produce are selected (in consultation with myself) and photocopied. If candidates want colour photocopies then they will have to make their own outside of school. This is highly advisable in the case of colourful pages!
  • Candidate Statement – Candidates will start on these next week 300 words max.

Students have from 12th – 21st of March to set up their exhibitions. On the 21st I will mark the final exhibitions and submit final grades. On Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th students will have mock interviews with myself and their peers in their own exhibitions.

Interviews with the external examiner will take place on March 29th & 30th.