Graffiti art is an art form that I really like. I think it can add something special to dull or mundane areas. Dublin is home to many fine graffiti examples, one that really is a hidden treasure trove is the Tivoli Carpark on Francis Street, Dublin 8. Its walls are filled with great street art. If you get the chance I recommend going to see it yourself. Its a few months since I had been there previously and most of the walls had new work on them.
Are you an art teacher who has taught an art project using any of the techniques mentioned in this blog? If so I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share images of student work, lesson plans, or other projects related to any of the art techniques mentioned.
Thanks Ruth 😎
‘Portrait Artist of the year 2013’, RDS.
Source: MURO street art facebook page
On Sunday 14th July I attended the Sky Arts Portrait Artist Of The Year Festival 2013 in the RDS in Dublin. This was a free festival which included the Irish heat of the Sky Arts Portrait of the Year competition and was filmed for a Sky Arts 1 HD series to be broadcast in the autumn. It featured a range of free interactive arts activities including free portraits, portrait workshops and demos, sketching classes, mask making, face painting and multi-media art classes for adults and for children.
In the centre of the room in a circle split into 3 were the models: lethal bizzle (English musician and actor), David Rawle (Irish Actor) and Pauline McLynn (Irish actress, best known as Mrs. Doyle in Father Ted). Each model had 7 artists capture their subjects in their own individual way, it was nice to see all the works in progress as well as their source.
Centre stage set-up.
Source: MURO Street art facebook page
I was especially interested in the MURO STREET ART: Street artists Jonny Mc Kerr, Danilo Quo Vadis and Morgan each have very individual different styles.
My favourite was Jonny McKerr’s portrait of Joan Bakewell (English journalist, television presenter) because of his free graffiti like style yet he captures a lot of detail.
Joan Bakewell, thesundaytimes.co.uk
The highlight for me apart from watching the competition with the artists all at work was the Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School (life drawing class turned cabaret/ Burlesque) which was definitely more interesting than your average life-drawing class! There were plenty of seats for people to sit and try their hand at capturing the unusual poses and themes of the costumed models. Themes including Lichtenstein-Pop Art, Mucha-Art Nouveau and Degas-Impressioinism. Each themed model did several poses for varying lengths of time. I think this would be a great idea for incorporating art history into life-drawing.
This lesson was inspired by Pointillism – grid drawing project that I seen on Julianna Kunstler’s Pinterest page. It was originally meant for students to do individually but I thought it would be perfect to do as a group project.
The image was a little small as there were 24 students in my class so I enlarged the Racoon image to A3 and then photocopied a mirror image so they would have 2 racoons to work from. I then stuck them together and cut them into 5x5cm square pieces. On the back of each piece I wrote a letter and a number so we would know how to put the mural back together and I laminated each piece.
Each student was given a piece at random to copy using the pointilism technique. If any student finished early they received a new piece to copy. Below are some photos of the process for you to see.
Original racoon whisker
Copied racoon whisker
Original racoon eye
Copied racoon eye
Completed racoon class mural
It took 3 double classes to add the finishing touches and assemble the finished mural, but the result is incredibly impressive! The students were very excited assembling the mural as they did not know what they were drawing until it was all assembled. I think this really helped them focus more on looking rather than trying to draw what they know it should look like.
‘Paper Quays’ Exhibition poster:
Cut paper view of CHQ Building
Last August I went to see the Tall Ships Festival and saw ‘Paper Quays’ exhibition (a Cut Paper Installation of the City Quays) on display in the CHQ Building in Dublin.
Dublin-based animator and illustrator Maeve Clancy was commissioned to create it as part of the Tall Ships festival 2012. The ‘Paper Quays’ was a stunning 25 metre long cut-paper installation depicting Dublin’s quayside from the Four Courts to the Customs House. Viewers were able to walk around the piece and look through it at various viewpoints to see the amazing architecture and fine details up close, the shadows that the work cast were also beautiful.
Here are some photos that I took. As you can see the work is both visually detailed and delicate.
Her work is truely amazing, for more information on her, check out her website here. After seeing this exhibition, I thought it would be a really cool project to try with an art class. If anyone has ever tried a project similar to this in the classroom, feel free to feel free to leave a comment, thanks, Ruth 😎
Ha’penny Bridge Detail
If like me you are always photocopying notes for Art or Art History, it can be hard to keep all your notes separate but easy to distribute. These clips would save heaps of time as they are labeled on the front, back and sides, so no matter which way you look at them, they still show the label, super oraganized! Thanks to Kim at http://joyin6th.blogspot.ie/2011/10/cute-clips-copy-organization.html for this great idea, I love it!
Not sure if there is any where in Ireland that would sell these but I figure maybe a solution is printing off the subject or class and sticking it to the bullclip, maybe cover it with clear contact to protect the paper.
Anyone got any better ideas?
This year I was covering a maternity leave for a good friend of mine until Christmas. In her school, like in a lot of Irish secondary school, all 1st years (equivalent to the 7th grade) do all subjects and then select what they want to keep on at the end of the year. There is a lot of pressure to keep the art class exciting and motivating enough for them to keep it on for 2nd year while still covering all the basics of the Junior Cert curriculum (3rd year state examination). They only have 1 double class (80 mins) a week.
Here’s a rough outline of my 1st year plan:
In August I started off teaching art basics to 1st years by introducing the elements, some basic 2-d to 3-d shape drawings and then some basic drawing techniques based on these shapes such as cups, bottles etc. We also made some packaging-giftbags.
After mid-term in October, we moved on to the colour wheel, basic portrait techniques and then some mask making which brought them up to December. Had I been there for the rest of the year, I probably would have moved onto 3-d options such as clay or puppetry in January.
As there are many ways to plan the 1st year art curriclum, I’m curious what other art teachers are doing?
What’s your yearly plan like?
Please share, I thank you in advance. Please feel free to post a comment or e-mail me.