Sunday, 31 March 2013

What are you doing over Easter?

So I have many plans for my Easter two week holiday. 

I am off to the Tate Modern to see the Lichtenstien exhibition... I am so excited!!! check out the Tate Modern website. 

The Tate Modern has a massive collection of art which is there all the time and is free, they also have special exhibitions which you do need to pay for - but you may get in cheaper as you are school pupils... its worth a go!

City and Guilds Level 1

Lots of things inspire me, and yes I still start the same way every time with a mind map and a sketchbook :)

I often think about things which interest me and make me smile. I need to be enjoying myself with whatever theme I choose.

Here are some of my photographs for my C&G L1 portfolio:

The theme was: London - Camden Lock and Market.

The theme for my manipulated images was: The Elements

Earth - Dandelion
Wind - Orchid
Water - Iris
Fire - Lily
I know what you're thinking... Miss Cove is pretty clever isn't she! 
Listen and focus and she can teach you everything she knows :)

Happy Easter 
Miss Cove x

Love Photography

I love photography and am currently attending a City and Guilds Photography course with CALAT. 
I have learnt so much about the processes and skills needed to be a good photographer - I have met some very inspiring people along the way :)

One of my favourite photographer at present is a fellow City and Guild's peer. We met last year on the City and Guild level 1 course - I love her work :)

I'd like to share her blog with you ...

Thanks Connie x is also a great blog for Photography - another City and Guilds CALAT pupil!

A great start for new photographers.

Miss Cove x


What is Texture?
Texture is the surface quality of an object. In art, it can refer to an illusion of texture, for example, in a painting which show’s the rough surface of a tree.
It can also refer to actual textures, as in a collage. You can achieve different textures by adding different materials to paint, or by adding things such as sand or  sawdust into the medium you are using (such as clay).
What is Frottage?
Frottage is where an artwork is made by taking rubbings from a textured surface. 

Texture/Frottage sketchbook page
Task 1...
Create an interesting title for Texture and Frottage.
Task 2...
Annotate and add the definition of Texture and Frottage to your DPS.
Task 3...
Find and 'rub' as many different textures and surfaces to create a page of frottage.
Task 4...
Annotate each frottage with where and what the rubbing is of for future reference.

Good luck, how many can you find?

Miss Cove


What is Line? 
Line is one of the visual (formal) elements. It's the path of a moving point, such as a pen, pencil or paintbrush.
In your work, it is important to vary the quality of the lines, making them BOLD, HEAVY or light and delicate to suggest different things.
Line can be used to give the impression of different textures and tones, as well as simply showing where the edge of an object meets space – remember that objects do not have outlines in real life.

Line DPS - Creating Lines

Task 1...
Create an interesting title 'Line' on a DPS

Task 2...
Annotate and add the definition of line to your DPS

Task 3...
Create as many different lines as you can using as many different tools as you can. You do not need to use a pen, pencil or paint brush to create a line.

Miss Cove :)

Visual Arts for Yr9 BTEC

What is the Visual Arts?
The visual arts are those creations we can look at, such as a drawing or a painting. Art forms that create works that are primarily visual in nature.

The visual arts contains some of the following:
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Architecture
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • Film/Video and Film Making
  • CAD – Computer Aided Design (since the 1960’s)
  • Collage
  • Printmaking to name but a few.
However, there are many more that can be added to this list.

What is Painting?
Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, colour or other medium to a surface. The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and fingers/hands can be used.
•In art, the term painting describes both the act and the result of the action.
Van Gogh, Sunflowers
Da Vinci, Mona Lisa
Picasso, Weeping Woman
What is drawing?
Drawing is a form of visual art that makes use of any number of drawing instruments, such as a pencil, charcoal stick, ink pen, graphite stick, crayons, coloured pencils, chalk or pastels to make marks on a two-dimensional medium (paper).
The instrument leaves a small amount of material on the two-dimensional medium (paper) by leaving a visible mark .   
Steven Wilshire
Steven Wiltshire
M C Escher
M C Escher
What is Photography?
Photography is the art, science, and practice of creating images by recording light, either chemically on photographic film (light sensitive), or electronically by means of an image sensor (digital).
•A lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure.
•The history of photography commenced with the invention and development of the camera and the creation of permanent images starting with Thomas Wedgwood in 1790 and culminating in the work of the French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826.
Joseph Nicéphore Niépce's earliest surviving camera photograph, c1826:
View from the Window at Le Gras’ (Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France)
Create a VISUALLY interesting 3 page spread (a page for each visual art, drawing, painting and photography) on ‘The Visual Arts’ – plan your pages and background before you stick any work down.
Task 1…
Create an interesting title ‘The Visual Arts’
Task 2…
Ensure you include what each visual art is from the previous slides.
Task 3…
Include hand drawn and/or colour printed examples – annotate these examples.

1.You must produce a visually interesting page on ‘The Visual Arts’.
2.You must include a selection of printed and/or hand drawn examples of painting, drawing and photography.
3.You must annotate your page and examples.
4.Must be in colour.
5.You must include what ‘The Visual Arts’ are – use the descriptions on the previous slides. 

Until next time Miss C x

Friday, 22 March 2013

Mood/inspiration boards...

Some great examples of mood/inspiration boards. You can get idea's from anywhere and everywhere.

Check out this link, a dedicated blog to mood and inspiration boards :)

Miss Cove

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Visual Communication for Yr9 BTEC

What is Visual Communication?
Any image that is used to communicate an idea, whether it's a sign, poster, drawing, photograph or television advertisement, can be included in the field of visual communications.
•Visual communications effectively uses images to persuade, entertain, inform and enlighten an observing audience of products, ideas and messages.
•Graphic designers, advertising designers, art directors and visual artists all utilize various forms of visual media to communicate their ideas to their desired audiences.
Below are a few examples of how businesses use visual communication to aid their selling campaigns. Do you recognise any of them?

Create a VISUALLY interesting SPS (Single Page Spread) on ‘Visual Communication’ – plan your page and background before you stick any work down.
Task 1…
Create an interesting title ‘Visual Communication’
Task 2…
Ensure you include what ‘Visual Communication’ is from the previous slide.
Task 3…
Include hand drawn and colour printed logos – annotate these logos.

Miss Cove :)

Friday, 15 March 2013

Global Canvas 2013

David Shepherd Fragile Futures Year 8 success!

Well done to Charlotte in year 8 for winning the 11-13 year old category in the annual David Shepherd Global canvas competition. This is an inspiring and thought provoking competition that the students support every year.

We also had a small group of work selected for the exhibition at the Flett theatre (Natural History Museum) for the prize giving and wild life Photography talk.

The winning Art work by Charlotte.

We also had a small group of work selected for the exhibition at the Flett theatre (Natural History Museum) for the prize giving and wildlife Photography talk.

Cameron, Lewis, Jack, Luiza, Dimitrios where the successful exhibitors. Congratulations to all of you! 

To see all of the other entries this year visit the school website!

Mrs Philip

Sunday, 10 March 2013

The Formal/Visual Elements

The formal elements (or visual elements) are the main parts (elements) which make up a piece of art. There are seven formal elements to consider and remember when creating pieces of art work.

  1. Line
  2. Tone
  3. Shape
  4. Texture
  5. Pattern
  6. Colour and 
  7. Composition
Use the next set of blogs to help you understand some of the formal elements.

Miss Cove

Art Finder

A great website of old and new artists - you can even down load an app for your iPhone and receive daily posts 'Art of the Day'. A great way to see and become familiar with new artists :)

Miss Cove

Colour Theory...

Basic Colour Theory

Colour theory is a vital component in developing an understanding of the visual arts. Colour is one of the main formal elements.

There are 3 primary colours, red, blue and yellow, and 3 secondary colours to remember, orange, purple and green. Mixing these colours in a variety of different ratios/quantities can create thousands of new colours (hues, tones, shades and tints). Developing basic colour theory and colour wheel knowledge will enhance your work, creativity and ideas.  Once you have mastered basic colour theory the possibilities in colour are endless. This can help create individuality and develop your own unique style.

The basic colour wheel is a circular chart which is divided into segments, each showing the main primary and secondary colours. The basic colour wheel below shows the colours in a sequence. The key thing to remember about the colour wheel sequence is the 2 primary colours which make its secondary colour are on either side of it on the colour wheel.  E.G. red and yellow are on either side of orange, because red and yellow mixed together create orange
RED + BLUE = PURPLE, YELLOW + RED = ORANGE and BLUE + YELLOW = GREEN. Mixing all 3 primary colours together makes BROWN.
Basic Colour Wheel
The blog below has a wide variety of key facts to remember and take on board.

There are 2 types of primary colours, warm and cool, 2 reds, 2 blues and 2 yellows. Mixing these can create a basic collection of 4 oranges, 4 purples and 4 greens.
Warm and Cool, Primary and Secondary Colours 
Already from only 3 basic colours (6 - warm and cool), red, blue and yellow your can create 12 new colours, 12 new secondary colours. Some as you can see are very similar, however they have different tone!

Once you have mastered the basic colour theory and colour wheel, its time to move on and look at the tertiary colours and complementary colours.

Complementary Colours

Complementary colours are those least alike on the colour wheel. They appear opposite each other on the colour wheel. Remember if you do not know the sequence of colours on your colour wheel you will not know your complementary colours, here are two other rules to help you remember them. They consist of one primary colour and one secondary colour (a pair). The primary colour can not be used to makes the secondary colour in a complementary pair. One colour is primary and the other is a secondary colour. 
Complementary Colour Pairs

Below are a few examples of colour wheels showing primary, secondary and tertiary colours.

The best why to understand and develop skills in mixing colour and colour theory is to have a go and mix your own. No cheating... only use red, yellow and blue. See how many secondary colours and or tertiary colours you can come up with!

Until next time :)
Miss Cove

David Nash at Kew November 2012 Year 11 Natural and Organic Forms

The Year 11’s enjoyed an inspiring and experimental exhibition at Kew, an incredible day. His work

Open until Sunday 14 April 2013 - worth a go see!
David Nash, one of the UK’s most productive sculptors, is exhibiting his work at Kew Gardens. The exhibition includes sculptures, installations, drawings and film in place throughout the Gardens, glasshouses and exhibition spaces.
From April to September 2012, Nash worked at Kew on a ‘wood quarry’, creating new pieces for the exhibition using trees from the Gardens that had come to the end of their natural life.

Mrs P