Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Year 12s:

In the new project we will all be using individual blogs:

Friday, December 05, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Brian Bress

because 'you don't always have to be bamboo'

Friday, November 14, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Phoebe Stannard

Ex - Art Student at SGBIS who has just graduated from Norwich

Have a look at her stuff here...


Along with Amy Griffin and Sophie Munroe Faure (also from SGBIS) she achieved the worlds highest grade in GCSE & IB ART!

She is ginger now, but that doesn't diminish the power of her work!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008


to check out this site and all of the amazing links and exhibitions it contains?

probably best not to even think about

clicking HERE

Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

“ The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little. Banksy

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008

Friday, July 04, 2008

What's happening in Rome this summer?


It has a few interesting exhibitions listed.


is about Odd Nerdrum on Via Margutta - here's his website:


(it's the one Rome show that I certainly want to see)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New IB Artists LOOK!

Search for different categories (ie food or agriculture) on this poster site: HERE

This site on Polish posters is great - have a good search around for different categories: Here

(the best thing to do is click on the THEME menu item on the bottom menu list/bar and then click on a subject on the left)

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Turn your photos into stencils:


Friday, June 06, 2008

if you like the picture click it to go and make your own.....
click the picture not the words butter ball turkey

seriously - don't bother with the turkey stuff!

Oh and don't forget the podcast

Thursday, May 29, 2008

An Artist who works with 4 dimesions

Great for Steph, CC and any of you who like things that move!

Saturday, May 24, 2008


A podcast of IB Art lesson discussions!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

what are you waiting for? Click the picture!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Monday, May 12, 2008

Part One of the Fischli & Weiss Video (find the others on You Tube)

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Year 12 Research Trip


Have a good read of the background information for the 3 exhibitions

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Critical & Contextual Research Tasks (read through them all and then choose ONE)

These are reasonably loose themes that you could deviate from slightly during the evolution of the outcome. However, the final outcome, spread over 8 continuous sides of your RWB should include at least 1200 words of ORIGINAL text. Of course you may refer to books, websites and so on. However, as usual you must acknowledge every source (author and title or website address is fine). Make rough notes on paper first rather than plunging straight in – plan the task a bit like an essay. Don’t worry too much about 5 hour stunning picture pages. Use drawing and painting selectively to draw attention to very specific details. Stick printouts (smallish and RELEVANT) amongst the text to support your arguments and descriptions. No rainbow backgrounds etc – this text must be easy to read – but don’t actually type it out and paste it in! Which ever them you choose you must focus on describing the works in detail with good use of Art specific language. Use metaphor, but not waffle! Compare work from different cultures/time periods. Explain the CONTEXT in which the work was made: by whom? For whom? When? Why? What is its function? The work needs to be legible and well presented, but the content is the key – written and visual, so don’t spend hours decorating these pages. Where possible make connections between the work that you are describing and your own projects and interests.

1: The changing impact of Art when removed from its intended location.

Comparing the potentially diminished impact of religious art when transplanted from church/temple to gallery/museum and graffiti when taken from walls, trains, subways to the ‘safe’ middleclass gallery environment. Giotto, Michelangelo, Haring, Basquiat, Kenny Scharf etc. Does an artefact (such as a mask) with powerful symbolic meaning in its native culture become something else (for better or worse) when transplanted to a gallery. Does putting an ‘everyday’ object into a gallery make it into ‘Art’?

2: Group Identities, Boundaries and Borders in Art

How and why do groups of people (nationalities, religions, armies, tribes, gangs, football clubs, companies etc) display their group identities through art and visual imagery? How might groups of people be identified by ‘outsiders’? (think of how you chose to represent countries by food – what other symbols or clichés might work in the same way)

Some Ideas:

Look at propaganda paintings (American ‘Uncle Sam’, British ‘Your Country Needs You’, German, Russian, Italian & Japanese posters from the 2nd world war for example) Soviet Socialist Realism etc

Masks, Uniforms and Costumes from various tribes, groups and societies (from the Masaai and the Spanish navy to the Iroquois and the Ku Klux Klan)

Badges, Logos and Icons – from paintings of crucifixions in an Italian Church to the ‘Lupetto’ of AS. Roma Modern Graffiti on trains, walls etc.

History paintings – battles, conquests and maps.
Look at Albrecht Altdorfer, Paolo Uccello , Simone Martini, Ambrogio Lorenzetti. The Bayeux Tapestry etc

3: ‘Talking about Art is like dancing about Architecture’ (Frank Zappa)

Can one art form explain another?

How have visual artists tried to depict performance and music in their work?

Japanese prints of theatrical performance (Hiroshige, Hokusai etc)

European painting and sculpture: Degas, Caravaggio, Fiorentino, Watteau, Italian futurist paintings (and music), Breughel, Lautrec, Max Beckmann, Picasso’s Circus performers etc.

Masks and costumes that express the role of the wearer – from various African nations and tribes, theatrical masks from China, Japan, Greece etc.

How has music been influenced by visual artists and vice versa?

Many visual artistic movements/styles had a musical equivalent (Baroque, Impressionist, Modernist, Dadaist)

Schoenberg (painter and composer), Matisse (La Danse, La Musique etc), Mondrian (Broadway Boogie Woogie)

4: Symbiosis: Humans and Nature in Art.

Investigating art that suggests the strength of the relationship between humankind and the environment around it.

Possible artists:

Pre 20th Century European: Metamorphosis – plants and animals into humans - Bosch, Bernini, Arcimboldo etc

Modern European: Andy Goldsworthy (abstract forms from natural materials), Anthony Gormley, Sophie Ryder (animal human creatures), Land Art – Robert Smithson. Picasso’s Centaurs etc.

Non European: Ritualistic animal masks, fetishes and totems from a variety of cultures: North and South American, African etc. Hindu animal human hybrid gods etc.

What do these metamorphic or hybrid beings suggest about human origins, relationships with nature and each other?

Romantic Art – the idea of humans at the mercy of the immense power of nature Caspar David Freidrich, JWM Turner, Albert Bierstadt etc

5: How has the image of women (as a subject) in Art changed through the 20th century?

  • Liberation?
  • Emancipation?
  • Effects of 2 world wars, new technology etc…
  • Political change including the vast increase in the number of women artists.
  • Feminism.

Look at Picasso, Klimt, Modigliani, Giacometti, Warhol, Gwen John, Frida Kahlo, Dali, Freud, Jenny Saville, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Tracey Emin, Mona Hatoum, Sarah Lucas, (amongst others!) Read Germaine Greer on the subject for a feminist perspective "The Obstacle Race: The fortunes of women painters and their work", (book in the library)

6: Abstraction, patterns and geometry

How can artists express meaning without showing ‘realistic’ cows, people and hills in their work? OK this title is a bit flippant, but for this project you will compare the ways in which artists and craftspeople from at least 2 different cultures avoid direct representation in their work yet still tell us something about the world and society in which they live and make their Art.

This might include aspects of 1950s American Abstract Expressionist painting ,

traditional Islamic architectural patterning see

or some forms of Australian indigenous Art see:

(the wikipedia links are only there as very basic starting points.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Colleen McCubbin Stepanic

Something for everyone in here - so have a good look around!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Matthew Collings & Emma Biggs

Artist/Critics - read what they say about THEIR OWN paintings...


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Year 12: Current RWB tasks (10 of the next 22 sides)

2 links:



lots of amazing links - look at all of them!

Then choose 2 artists/designers from each site and produce 10 sides (split between the 4) of funky, illustrated, critical & contextual research - where is this work coming from? Who is it made for? How does it reflect the time period/society that it evolved in?



plenty of notes needed - yes even whole pages (but NOTHING just copied out or pasted)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Josh Kenyon


Friday, March 14, 2008

Anselm Kiefer

Look Year 12s!

Just because your project starts off with a 2 dimensional support it doesn't mean that you are limited to working with 'flat' paint....

Friday, March 07, 2008

Ken Kiff

(thought that a few of you might like this strange and lovely artist)

CLICK HERE for more

SHOCK NEWS! Art made by people who are not dead Italian Men! No really CLICK ME!

work by Tom Phillips

For y12 & 11 - A link to Flowers East Gallery (lots of interesting artists)


Friday, January 25, 2008

Look Clio!

Click on the picture for more images

Friday, January 18, 2008