This week in Turquoise class we were thinking about showing emotion and atmosphere in our drawings. We spent some time imagining how the sky would appear on a peaceful summer’s day, and considered what kind of marks we could make in charcoal to portray the feeling of calm and tranquility. We drew our summer skies across the top two thirds of our paper. We then thought about how a stormy sky would look, and how our mark making for this would contrast with our first pictures. We tried to put in more energy and more pressure on our charcoal in our second pictures to create a dramatic difference between the two.
After we’d compared our skies, we used our imaginations to draw a scene beneath each one, with the aim of using similar marks to those used in the skies.
This week we finished off our collaged farm fields. We cut our painted papers from the last lesson into strips, and arranged them onto a piece of card to form a pattern. We glued them down with PVA. We then created hot air balloons using a similar collage technique.
In Violet class we learnt about proportions of a face. We practised in our sketchbooks, using guidelines to help us to position the facial features correctly, before sketching out a large version onto sugar paper. We discussed the use of colour in portraits by Fauvist artists such as André Derain, then used soft pastel to work on our own Fauvist portraits.
Emerald class worked on portraits too. We warmed up by reminding ourselves of the proportions of a face, using guidelines to make mini portraits in our sketchbooks. We then discussed the work of British artist Frank Auerbach. We described his portraits as ‘creepy’, ‘unusual’and ‘unique’, and we considered how Auerbach’s use of tone creates a spooky atmosphere.
We then sketched out our portraits onto sugar paper, and began working into them with charcoal. We used the side of the charcoal to add tone and texture, and created highlights using chalk and erasers.We built our drawings up in layers, often going over the same area multiple times, to start to create a sense of depth.