Lower IV (Year 8)
Perspective and Design
Students begin by learning how to draw in both one and two-point perspective, and consider how this can be applied to architectural drawings. Students study the contemporary artist Eva Rothschild and her use of structure and perspective to large-scale sculptures. The scheme is further supported by looking at architectural drawings.
Students then look at the Bauhaus movement and its influence on the design world. Students will look at the work of Wassily Kandinsky, a key artist at the time, and learn how to successfully use watercolours. Using the medium of photography students will then be asked to develop an outcome with primary imagery, and collage processes. This will be further developed into a screen-print poster inspired by the principles of the Bauhaus movement, perspective and architectural design.
Cubism, Abstraction and Painting
Students begin by looking at the term, 'Abstraction' and how it has been used by artists to depict objects from different viewpoints such as the Cubist concern with depicting multiple-perspectives. The idea of breaking up images and changing viewpoints leads to creating photomontages using Photoshop techniques. Students investigate the work of the Cubists, and learn about both Synthetic and Analytical Cubism. Students are then asked to develop an abstract painting from a representational starting point, using the work of the Cubists as inspiration. As well as a large observational drawing and photomontage, students will also produce a successful painting, using a range of tone and colour mixing techniques.