Friday, 22 September 2017

STEAM Pavilion project

This Year The Art and Technology Design Department have had a strong focus on STEAM Learning. Below is one Year 9 group's work and responses.
In art we offer methods of practice that explore the breadth of materials and associated subjects within art; technology, design, architecture, engineering, and allow students to consolidate these practices into producing strong outcomes.
In this project, Year 9 pupils were set the task of creating their own pavilions. A series of processes and materials were used to experiment and develop their ideas into their finalised projects.

To start, pupils researched pavilions; what they are, how they’re used, and different examples of them.

Looking at the work of Bjarke Ingels and the idea of tessellation, students explored how these structures work, and produced potential designs for pavilions using simple triangle shapes. This student utilised computer software to experiment with producing his theoretical structure designs:
Bjarke Ingels Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery.
After this, they then produced pavilion prototypes using nothing but triangles made from paper, the students produced very varied responses; and the results were quite incredible.
Then they looked at artist Michael Craig Martin, whose practices crosses pathways of painting, architecture and more. They replicated one of his works to gain an understanding of his style and process.
Michael Craig Martin's piece
Next, using photocopied objects, they arranged their own designs to mimic Michael’s style.

Next they used them as reference to produce lino prints.
Then they looked at Fernand Leger to explore colour, tone, and overlapping shapes and abstract compositions. They produced watercolours in his style, making replicas of his work.

Then they produced collages, using mechanical objects and forms from nature and graphic design.
Some Pupils went for more minimal collages, focusing on shape, form, and greyscale tones which are very abstract and striking.

The A4 collages were scaled up and turned into A3 watercolour paintings. Pupils used vivid colours, mixing their own shades and skilfully using the media with vibrant effects. 
Then we experimented making different nets. Learning how the different shapes form 3D shapes, and how folds and flaps are used to hold them together.

The final stage was selecting their desired net and applying its façade based on our successful collages and watercolour paintings. We then painted the design on, carefully cut out windows and doors and produced our final pieces.
Spaces were carefully cut out to accommodate windows and doors in the pavilions; pupils really experimented and were very inventive with this.
Next came the all important construction!

And that concludes our fantastic STEAM Pavilion Project.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Cafe Feedback

The Ernest Bevin College Art Department exhibition that recently took place at Café in the Wood was a great success and here at Bevin we are very proud of our student's work. Here are just some of the responses left in our comments book:

Colourful and cheering on a lovely spring morning - Bella & Ursula
Beautiful colours and flowers to put me in the mood for Spring - Mel
A very ambitious and satisfying exhibition. Well done - Brian C.
Lovely chalk green & red flowers! Beautiful colours - Naj
A very intuitive and inspiring body of natural forms inspired works - especially the linear printmaking and stitch works - H.S.D
Some unusual pictures well thought out and inspiring - Sue
Lovely vivid colours and such bold brush strokes! Very inspiring - Milind
Wonderful colours, beautiful techniques - Aobha

So congratulations to all students who had work in the show, and many thanks to everyone who came to visit!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Student Exhibition

Dear Staff, students, and members of the public,
Ernest Bevin College's Art Department is proud to present an exhibition of student’s work at Coffee in the Wood Café in Colliers Wood, showcasing a range of our student’s skills in Art and Design. The Exhibition will be on until the end of April.
So please come along for a visit, bring friends and family for a coffee and to see how well our students have been doing,
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The Art Department
Here are some photographs of the exhibition:
We have a comments book at the café, so if you do visit we'd love to hear your thoughts!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

STEAM: Art & Science

In Biology lessons pupils are taught about anatomy and histology (the study of tissues and cells), and gain knowledge of the human body and organs. Studying tissues and life cycles allows us to comprehend and appreciate our own bodies and the world around us better. But how do Art and Science come together in this area?

Susan Aldworth
A quote from the blog speaks about an artist’s work: “Susan Aldworth’s most recent exploration of human consciousness involves not only brain images, but also brain tissue. This was not done cavalierly: it was done with utmost care and in partnership with the Parkinson’s Brain Bank at Hammersmith Hospital. But, by using the tools of neuroscience as part of her pallet of media, Aldworth is able to provide an insight into ourselves that science itself cannot manage.”
Art combined with science allows us to explore things in a literal and conceptual way, generating real progress and understanding. Here are some great examples of Students work based on examining a partially dissected pig's kidney.


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Botanical Art

Drawing objects from nature starts a dialogue between students and their environment. The analytical techniques they use to visually explore objects can be transposed and applied to all other subjects of STEAM.
Botanical Art was used to record scientific studies and specimens before photography was in use. It is an invaluable resource in Science and Natural History, as well as being beautiful and decorative artefacts; this is just one example of Art being vital to the study of Sciences.

Year 10 BTEC students have been busy working from natural imagery and objects to develop their practice in Art. Here is a small sample of some of the great work they have been producing.