Art at Ivanhoe is an inspiring and challenging practical subject. Students learn the skills to create artworks using a wide variety of techniques, use their imagination to express themselves through a range of media and become innovative, resourceful and capable young adults.
In year 7 students learn about the eight Art Formal Elements and complete drawing/ painting tasks and activities relevant to each one. They then complete a project on Aboriginal Art, exploring the history, traditions and related artwork.
They then investigate the work of illustrator Shaun Tan and create a cardboard cityscape and clay figure based around his work. The main practical skills covered are drawing with 2 point perspective and constructing 3d objects from card nets. With the clay the students use coiling and other sculpting techniques and learn about the glazing and firing processes.
In year 8 students learn about the basic proportion rules when drawing the human form and complete a series of figure drawings in different materials. They then study the work of artist Keith Haring. Students also complete a Pop Art/ Lichtenstein style painting of a current celebrity.
In ceramics, students look at the controversial work of artist Mike Libby and discuss the moral issues surrounding it. They take inspiration from his Mechanical bug theme to create a ceramic bug- machine hybrid.
In year 9 students learn about the basic proportion rules when drawing the human face and complete a series of portraits in different materials. They then complete a project on the Mexican festival Day of the Dead, exploring the history, traditions and related artwork. After some preparatory work, students produce intricate prints, paintings, close up studies of a skeleton in mixed media and cardboard skull sculptures.
When working in 3D Art, the theme is masks with the vast majority of students choosing to use clay, often mixing it with other media. They also have a chance to use different types of clay such as terracotta, and they are expected to produce in - depth research which will help them going in to Key stage 4.
Students will learnt to confidently discuss their work using key words and technical language, as well as using both verbal and written communication to explain their work at all stages of its development. They will critically evaluate the work of other artists.
Elements of proportion and spatial awareness are highly important within creating aesthetically pleasing artworks; in particular when representing size and scale, such as the use of the ‘golden ratio’ and grid systems for scale.
As well as raising awareness of other cultures, students will look at moral and social issues that are often a source of inspiration to the art world, and consider how art can influence society.
The additional time available on Enrichment days allows students to create much larger artworks, often taking inspiration from the wider world and using it to develop their skills in more complex techniques.
Year 9 Performance Poetry
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Ivanhoe Christmas Card Competition
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Dear Parents and Carers, As you know, on Thursday 4th October we had a school inspection from Ofsted. Whilst the report will not be published officially until 5th November, we are pleased to be able to share with you some snippets from the excellent report we received and confirm that we have mai...
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