Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Year 9 STEAM work

STEAM is explored throughout out projects at Ernest Bevin College and we have a prime example below.

KS3 Year 9's project was structures:

What structures are around me? What are they made of? Who or what made them?

To gain an appreciation of man-made structures, pupils drew mechanical artefacts from direct observation. The cold, hard, metal objects still have curves and shapes which the boys have captured here. This was primary research.
To further explore manmade mechanisms through drawing, pupils drew from images of engines and machines. This is secondary research.
Students explored the work of the artist Fernand Leger (1881-1955,) throughout this project; his artworks looked at sections of mechanical forms and the patterns and shapes they formed. Students identified elements of mechanisms the recognised, and what it reminded them of.
They then made their own rendition of the work to further explore Leger's process. This helps develop skills in scale, proportion, and observation.

They also explored mechanical instructive drawings. We often see these diagrams showing the assembly of our household items. Looking at them from an artistic point of view helps us see them in a new way.

With their developed understanding of the subject matter, students produced their own drawings in an abstract colourful way, including elements of mechanisms that they had previously explored. Using black paper adds another interesting dimension to the work.
Pupils also explored Leger's work through the use of bold colours used considerately and sensitively to mimic the work by the artist.


Friday, 20 October 2017

Year 11 BTEC Final Project

Year 11 BTEC Student's exam unit was to produce pieces of wearable art inspired by Op and Pop Art. Below are images of some of their final pieces shown in the end of Year Exhibition. The works are colourful innovative and really lived up to the brief they were given.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Banksy Style Stencils

Miss Ales KS3 classes have been doing some excellent work inspired by the anonymous graffiti artist Banksy.

His bold stencilled style and politically conscious subject matter make his work instantly recognisable, and in turn have made him one of the most interesting and revered artists in our country today.

Students started by examining Banksy's works and replicating some in pencil. Students looked at how he uses positive and negative space to create his imagery.


Next, students marked out and cut out the shapes of their chosen image and their own slogan and words.
As you can see students have produced some wonderful work, and who knows, maybe we have the next Banksy right here at Ernest Bevin College!

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 fa├žade 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.