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 Art Formal Elements and complete drawing/ painting tasks and activities relevant to each one. Students learn about colour theory and draw objects from a primary and secondary source. Students develop their art skills to produce a composition based on the artist Michael Craig Martin.
In Ceramics, students learn and experiment with ceramic techniques and other sculpting methods and learn about the glazing and firing processes. They then develop ideas from drawing into clay. With a theme of monsters, students take inspiration from Pixar, Monster inc. and ceramic artists such as James DeRosso before designing and creating their own clay monster.
In Year 8 Art 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 art movement Futurism and work of related artists. Students complete a Robot design which they develop into a print and a Futurist style painting of a British Olympic/Paralympic athlete as final outcomes.
In Ceramics, students look at the work of artist’s and architect Antoni Gaudi and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Students build on the techniques, skills and knowledge they have learnt in year 7 to design and create a slab pot, decorated with patterns and natural forms inspired by the artists.
In year 9 students follow a GCSE style project under the theme of 'War and Conflict'. For their preparatory work, they complete various observational studies of related objects, artefacts in a wide variety of materials. They study the life and work of related artists and respond to a clip from a war film in the style of cubism and a famous piece by Picasso. Students learn about the basic proportion rules when drawing the human face and complete a portrait of a famous person linked to the theme which they develop into a print. They then choose a sub-theme to focus on (e.g. WW2, Battle of Hastings, Anxiety/Depression) and produce a final outcome in any style and materials of their choice.
When working in Ceramics the theme is Surrealism where students investigate and develop ideas to create a mask. Students build on ceramic techniques and knowledge to investigate their own ideas, students have a lot more freedom and choice of a theme. Students are expected to present work creatively and neatly, produce an in depth artist study giving thoughts and opinions on the work. Students independently gather their sources on their individual theme, then refine ideas through drawings and clay testers to produce a quality surreal mask.
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.
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SEND Update September 2019
Congratulations and fond farewell The SEND Team would like to congratulate Mr. Orton who has been appointed as PE/ Performing Arts Assistant. He will be transitioning to this new role over the next few weeks. In order to support our LSA staffing during Mr. Orton’s transition to PE, we have we...
World Champion Rider
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Ex student nominated for Girls Active Award
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Ivanhoe Awarded Gold Artsmark Awards
We are so proud to announce that we have been awarded the Gold Artsmark Award from Arts Council England. Havin...
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