We started with Pop Art and the work of Andy Warhol and we discussed why artists started painting cans of soup, telephones, cars, movie stars and space rockets and many other things popular with people. We studied the way artists look at consumer items in places like supermarkets and the way Pop Art became a celebration to consumerism.
Students drew shoes from observation and invented their own shoe designs. The early work of Andy Warhol was the inspiration for this project.
Within the Pop Art artists we found the work of Frank Stella, a New York artist, and we looked at his relief paintings of the early 1970’s to find out how he used shape, colour and textures in his work. With all these ideas coming from Stella’s work students developed a small relief sculpture, a drawing and a 3D clay piece.
To create the sculpture, students were encouraged to think of and invent their own shapes.
The Friday group started with a project involving fantasy and dreams. They created collages using images found in art magazines and then developed a charcoal drawing with emphasis on tone.
The second project for this group was a sculpture inspired by the work of British artist/sculptor Henry Moore. Students made studies of Moore’s drawings and then they used their own ideas and imagination to make clay sculptures.
At the moment, the Friday group is working towards creating a print that will involve several printmaking techniques. The inspiration for this printmaking project has been the monumental print by Frank Stella called “The Fountain”.
Thank you all for your lovely work and you intelligent inspiring ideas. Have a lovely holiday and we will see you next term.