Friday, 24 June 2016

Organic Forms Clay Sculpture

For one of the year's final projects, students turned their attention to the natural world and made these stunning clay sculptures. Young people took their inspiration by fungi, leaves, flowers, berries and other natural forms. In my experience, students always greatly enjoy the physicality of clay work. It can be very satisfying to manipulate the clay into the desired form.

The finished pieces were each displayed on a tree trunk base, next to our beautiful stained glass windows. This is always one of my favourite spots for exhibiting three dimensional work.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Slogan Stencilling

Students worked really hard to create these multi-part stencil designs. Each young person thought up their own positive slogan or affirmation and then used a craft knife to cut a stencil into cardboard. The students worked in tempera paint and used sponges to stencil their affirmations on to paper. Students used sponges to dab the paint on, which left  a visual texture similar to spray paint. This added to the slogans' graffiti-like feel.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Journal Article

I'm really honoured to say that an article of mine has been published in the Independent School Association's April 2016 journal! The piece, which reflects on the various challenges and rewards of teaching art at Red Balloon can be read in full here.