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Rooks Heath College

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Year 8 Projects

Year 8 Projects 2013

In Year 8 students will be introduced to a wider variety of skills, processes and techniques including ceramics. In conjunction with the projects students will study the work of other artists, designers and crafts people from around the world and will discuss, offer opinion and analyse and evaluate what they see. They will extend their research pages by including more considered opinions and by making original responses to the work of artists studied. Year 8's have two hours of art a fortnight and homework will accompany all projects and aims to reinforce or extend the work done in class.

Baseline Assessment

At the beginning of the first term baseline drawing skills will be established through a direct observational drawing exercise. Progress will be measured throughout the year through end of project assessments, exams and reports.

Term 1 - Colour, Form and Landscapes

Year 8's will build on their knowledge of colour and will extend it by considering and using complementary colours as characterised by the work of David Hockney. They will consider structural elements such as trees and their relationship to the landscape through paint, cut outs and mixed media. With reference to Hockney's LA landscapes they will use a variety of mark making techniques to describe a sweep of landscape.

Hockney Project - A Nod to the North

This project is based on the landscapes painted by the artist David Hockney. Students will look at this aspect of his work and present a research page. Students will also explore colour mixing, mark-making and using paint, oil pastels and collage to create a Hockney style landscape.

Activity 1: What is a landscape? Thought cloud and compositional rules. Using the one point perspective worksheet and follow the instructions.

Homework 1: illustrate thought cloud with thumbnail images.








Activity 2 and 3: Repeat the one point perspective exercise with reference to Hockney's tree landscapes.

 Homework 2: Using the landscape hand out, construct a landscape by cutting and pasting the separate elements.

Homework 3: Find one landscape painting by Constable and another by David Hockney. Extend them by drawing at the sides and adding colour.

Activity 4 and 5: Using the section of Hockney landscape provided to you, extend the road and add a surrounding landscape using oil pastels.

Homework 4: Plan and present a research page on David Hockney to go with your Hockney landscape. Include a brief biography and at least 4 of his landscape images and a copy.

Activity 5 and 6: Using Hockney's road landscapes as inspiration, select a landscape image to turn into a Hockney style picture using paint, oil pastels and collage.

Homework 5: Evaluation


Term 2 - Me, Myself, I.

In this project students will look at Pop Art. They will use photography as a starting point for self portraits in the Pop Art style and create work with reference to the work of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. They will explore the idea of emotion and facial expression and how it can be portrayed in art. They will consider the use of speech bubble and how it can be used to add additional information to the picture. They will present research pages for both artists making connections to their own work.

Pop Art and the work of Lichtenstein and Warhol

This project focuses on portraits and looks at 'Popular' culture and the images we see every day and how such images can be turned into art. We will look at the art movement known as Pop Art and two of its most famous artists Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. We will see how these artists took everyday images and made them into 'art'.

Activity 1 and 2: Introduction to the artists and art movement known as 'Pop Art.' Analysis and thought cloud. Colour in Lichtenstein's explosion and use collage and funky lettering to add the title Pop Art.

Homework 1: Find images from the Internet to illustrate the main characteristics of Pop Art and print off as thumbnails to add to your thought cloud.

Homework 2: Collect items from a packed lunch such as a bottled drink, a packet of crisps, packaging from a ready meal etc and draw 3/5 of these examples of packaging as a small group or composition over a double page. Concentrate on shape and lettering and make sure proportions are accurate by 'blocking in' first.

Activity 3: Introduction to the work of Roy Lichtenstein. What techniques does he take from comic strips and advertising? Make a copy of one Lichtenstein image using tracing paper or drawing. Mix paints as required to get the correct colours.

Homework 3: Using paint, felt pens and/or collage add colour to your drawing of packaging.

Homework 4: Research the artist Roy Lichtenstein - basic biography, interesting facts and images of his artwork.


Activity 4: Look carefully at the magazine images provided. How do these remind you of a Lichtenstein? Choose one, can you think of a speech bubble appropriate for your chosen image? Using tracing paper, trace off your image simplifying it as you go; remembering Lichtenstein's work. Add a speech bubble using an appropriate lettering style and paint in the style of Lichtenstein.

Homework 5: Research the artist Andy Warhol - basic biography, interesting facts and images of his artwork.

Homework 6: Choose one work by artist Andy Warhol and make a copy of it to go with written and visual research.

Activity 5: Take a head and shoulders photograph of your partner thinking about the model poses and art works seen by Warhol. Turn this photograph into a Warhol print using Photoshop and experiment with different colour ways to make your own version of his Marilyn's.

Homework 7: Photomontage. Using a photography of yourself put it into a magazine image or a famous painting.

Activity 6: Using acrylics paint your Pop Art portrait in Pop Art colours in the style of Warhol.

Homework 8: Using a trio of photographs add pen and collage in the style of Warhol's Mick Jagger series.

Activity 7: Using your preferred image, prepare your stencils for screen printing. Screen print using black ink onto coloured backgrounds.

Homework 9: Evaluation

Term 3 - Cultural Project

Looking at the work of other artists and cultures helps to promote a shared understanding of the role of art in all our lives. This year we will be looking at the work of ancient Greeks and their sculptural forms, imagery and symbolism. This work will be translated into 3D form through the use of found objects, paper, card and clay.