ART BTEC 2015 intake!

ART BTEC 2015 intake!

Friday, 30 September 2016

GROUP 1 - Tools Project Week 1 Checklist

GROUP 1.

The work you should have complete by the end of Monday 3rd October is:
  • Sustained pencil drawing of your tool from direct observation.
  • A good set of photographs of your tool, dramatically lit with detail shots and interesting camera angles. Print a contact sheet of all your photos and print 4-6 of the best images out larger (A4).
  • Expressive A1 Charcoal drawing into mid-tone (photograph for your sketchbook).
  • Expressive A1 Ink drawings (photograph for your sketchbook).
  • Collage base piece with drawing and use of acrylic paint (A3 on card).
  • Gold card plate cut, printed, with finished prints and plate mounted into your sketchbook.
  • At least one good monoprint.
  • Research work looking at Jim Dine and Florian Nicolle (4 pages).
Stretch and Challenge/Directed Study

  • Make another sustained drawing from your Tool using a different media such as biro or fineliner.
Don't forget you need to bring £2.50 on Monday as a contribution towards specialist Group Materials we will be using next week - we've ordered some lovely Spray Paint colours for you!

GROUP 2 - Colour Project, Week 1 Checklist

GROUP 2.

The work you should have complete by the end of Monday 3rd October is:

  • Fully resolved A2 observational painting from the Colour still-life. No grey card showing and all areas built up thoughtfully with tone, colour and detail.
  • 2 of your own Photographic Joiners based on the still-life arrangement.
  • Homework Research investigating David Hockney's Photographic Joiners.
  • Homework tonal pencil drawing (full page sustained piece) based on a section of the still-life.
Stretch and Challenge/Directed Study


  • Add a further Artist research by looking at Alison Watt's paintings of white fabric.

GROUP 2 - Photo Joiners



A few tips for when you do your photo joiners:
  • It helps to take your photos all from approximately the same position. Move the camera to capture different sections, rather than wandering around - otherwise you may end up with a set of very disjointed images.
  • Whilst you are going for a fragmented look if you vary the zoom or viewpoint too much the whole thing quickly becomes incoherent.
  • You will be surprised at how many photos you need to make an effective joiner, as there is inevitably some that aren't useful - I'd suggest a minimum of 30 shots.
  • I found when working at A3 scale (for final joiner collages) that selecting the "Wallet Prints" option from the printer wizard was the most effective - this gives you 9 images on an A4 printed page. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

GROUP 1 - Tools Project, Week 1 Research.

For homework you need to research the Artist's detailed below, refer back to the post below (on Hockney's Joiners, for tips on structuring the written content and presentation of research). You should complete this work by Monday 3rd October at the latest.

Two pages of research into the Tool drawings of Jim Dine and the same for the mixed media collage work of Florian Nicolle - find good reproductions of their work, give a brief bit of background information about each Artist, provide some analysis and personal opinion on at least 2 specific images by each of them and make at least one visual response of your own to each Artist's work (this should be an interpretation of your tool in the style of each Artist).

Jim_dine_de_ten_winter_tools
Jim Dine
Florian Nicolle 02 23 Peppy Illustrations Drawn By Florian Nicolle
Florian Nicolle

GROUP 1 - Tool Photography

For the printmaking you will be starting later this week you will need a range of photographs of your Tool. Make these as dramatic and interesting as possible. Zoom in, choose unusual angles, consider lighting, cropping and viewpoint carefully. You might make use of cast shadows or select a specific background for your shots.
Take 15 - 20 shots and print 4 - 6 of the best at A4 or A5 scale. Here are a few sample shots to give you the idea:






















GROUP 1 - New Project TOOL

BTEC EXTENDED DIPLOMA in ART & DESIGN
1st YEAR PROJECT BRIEF

PROJECT– Tool
SPECIALISM: MIXED MEDIA/TEXTILES 



TIME: 2 Weeks
MATERIALS: Mixed Media
RESOURCES: sewing machines, drawing materials, spray paints, printing press and photocopier/IT.

ASSIGNMENT OUTLINE:
Textile design is an ever growing and evolving area of art and design, with individuals involved in this field now implementing an impressive array of techniques and processes serve to enhance and enrich their work.
This project asks you to look at textile design from an entirely different perspective to that which you have possibly been previously accustomed.
By using a basic hand-tool as your starting point, you are required to produce a body of work, which represents your object in a number of different ways. You will, as part of the process, and by using a variety of techniques and materials, consider and tackle texture, mark-making, surface pattern, scale and form.

GUIDELINES
  • Having selected an appropriate hand-tool (this should be an object which has a number of different working parts, textures, different materials in it’s construction, interesting negative shapes and strong structural elements). A mechanical hand whisk, hand drill or ‘lazy-fish’ corkscrew would all be good choices - you should begin by carefully examining and scrutinizing your object through sustained drawing; visually recording its basic construction and trying to understand exactly how it works and what it is used for.
  • In order to get a real feel for your object you should produce a range of studies in a sketchbook, initially in pencil, which are the product of some careful observation and strive to record the different surfaces and textures that your object might possess as effectively as possible. Try to use relevant pencil grades and mark making in this process – for example, plastic handles might be better tackled with a softer B pencil, whereas metal blades would be more realistically documented through harder F/H pencils. Vary your scale and vantage point for each drawing, this will allow you to produce a good range of outcomes and also help you to produce the best images for the technique work that comes later on. At this stage you should also look at a range of artists who are particularly well known for their use of drawing as a means of recording an object. In order to do this properly, you should include visual responses and coherent written analysis which considers their use of mark making technique, exploration of line and tone how successful these are and how you might adopt the same methods yourselves. Good people to look at include Jim Dine and Peter Randall Page.
  • Using your camera to record your object will also allow you to develop some interesting imagery which could be manipulated through IT later on. Take close-ups as well as long shots.
  • Once you are happy with your initial studies, start to introduce some more adventurous and unusual drawing techniques/materials. Consider colour and some more expressive ways of recording what you see in front of you.
  • You will be introduced to a number of new processes (printmaking and spray stencil for instance) and you will need to include examples of these in your sketchbook.  
  • As the project progresses you will be encouraged to explore techniques such as photocopying, collage and stitching to create further imagery. Again, record all outcomes in your sketchbooks together with examples of the work of others who use such techniques in their own work, details of suggested research will be posted on the Blog.
MINIMUM SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
1 x sketchbook

REFERENCES:
Use the library and the internet in order to source this information – this will help to develop your individual research skills and vary the research material obtained. Lists of appropriate individuals may be given at certain points of the project to help you.

GROUP 2 - Drawing Task

To complement the work we are doing in class you should make a sustained full page pencil tonal drawing working from photos taken of the still life arrangement. You should aim to spend 4-5 hours on this drawing and complete it by Monday 3rd October (it will be assessed as part of your project).
Select a good photographic image that is relatively complex (probably best to get something from a different viewpoint than your observational painting). Set your composition out carefully with a B/HB pencil in line then add a range of tones using softer pencils (2B - 6B), make sure your darkest tones use the full depth of tone you can achieve (press hard).
This should be a sustained piece that shows off your drawing ability to the full, you might use a rubber to help you pick out the highlights.

GROUP 2 - Hockney Joiner Research

Photo Joiner by Hockney - Portrait of his Mother
Later this week we will be undertaking some photographic collage work to prepare for this you need to undertake some research. You need to find and print out at least 4 examples of David Hockney’s “Photographic Joiners”. Research this aspect of his work and analyse at least 2 of the images you have found in depth. This work should be thoughtfully presented over at least 2 sketchbook pages.
The work will be assessed as part of your project submission, you need to finish it by Monday 3rd October, as there will be fresh homework tasks next week.

RESEARCH

  1. Title your pages with the Artist’s name, in this case David Hockney, you might consider using fonts available online from sites such as www.dafont.com

  2. Find good examples of Hockney’s photographic joiners – not paintings and not tiny jpegs that print out pixellated.

  3. Give a little background information on the Artist, when he was born, when he started to make his photographic collages and why.

  4. Include quotations from the David Hockney (ideally that relate to his photographic work). Try www.artquotes.net

ANALYSIS

  1. Give a detailed description of the artwork.

  2. Analyse – comment upon use of colour, composition, technique/media, scale etc.

WRITTEN RESPONSE


  1. Give an opinion on the Artworks, but ensure you justify what you say. Avoid simple value judgements (‘I really like/dislike…’) or vague, meaningless statements (’This piece is really effective’). Comment upon how successful or unsuccessful you find the artwork, and give specific reasons why you hold this opinion (I find this joiner particularly interesting because of the way in which the Hockney has explored mixing up different scales and viewpoints).

  2. What is the relationship between this work and your own? Identify and explain connections between this artist’s work and your own.

VISUAL RESPONSE


  1. We will be responding to Hockney’s work by producing our own Joiners based on the still life arrangement, look at how Hockney makes his images to help you create your own.

OVERALL PRESENTATION


  1. Take pride in the overall presentation of your research, it should not be rushed. Consider each element carefully:  type, layout, titles, visual responses etc.

GROUP 2 - New Project COLOUR



BTEC Extended Diploma 1ST YEAR PROJECT BRIEF.

PROJECT:  Colour.
SPECIALISM:  Fine Art (painting).

CONTENT:
Initially working from direct observation we will be exploring different aspects of colour by creating a series of images. Our visual reference material will be a still life made up with a variety of brightly coloured hanging drapes and objects. As we move through the project our focus will shift from observation towards more intuitive and abstract uses of colour. Over the course of the project we will use paint, photography, drawing media and collage techniques. We will enrich our understanding of how Artists approach abstraction through sketchbook based research.

Week 1: Observational Painting:
We will be producing 1 or 2 observational paintings on an A2 scale. Alongside this we will be undertaking some photography and making collages and drawings.

GUIDELINES for your Observational painting:
·         Think carefully about your composition, how much of the still life arrangement should you include to achieve the most visually stimulating image?
·         Look hard at what you are painting, you should visually analyse shapes, colours and tones and observe how they relate to each other.
·         Use paint with confidence, you need to approach your piece with energy and enthusiasm. Start with your biggest brush, and don’t be afraid of making mistakes.
·         Be imaginative in your interpretation of colour: Look for and exaggerate hints of colour within colours (e.g. cool blues in areas of shadow).
·         Mix colours do not use colours straight from the pot. When lightening and darkening colours use other colours other than black and white to do this (you should not need black at all).
·         Use your water to alter the consistency and quality of the paint, use a range of applications from thin washes to thick impasto.
·         Look around you and learn from the approaches of other people in the group.

Week 2: Mixed Media Abstraction
In the second week of the project we will produce a sustained A1 mixed media abstraction. Initially we will work rapidly with a series of different materials (charcoal, newsprint, paint, pastels, tissue, scrim and hessian), before spending time refining and balancing our final images. We will conclude the project with a group crit and produce a written evaluation.

GUIDELINES for your Mixed Media Abstraction:
·         Be bold and experimental with the range of materials available to you, ensure you utilise the range of mark making techniques these materials allow you to achieve.
·         After using the still life as a starting point try to put all thought of representation out of your mind, and work within an entirely abstract context.
·         Be aware of the decision making processes that go into producing a successful abstract composition, good abstract work does not occur through accidental means.
·         Use colour imaginatively, to lead the viewer’s eye, to provide an illusion of depth, to create mood and atmosphere etc.
·         Work on your image from all sides. Rotate it, try working flat and at an easel for different effects.
·         Change the consistency of the paint to change the character of the marks you make.
·         Use texture carefully, large build ups of material can easily unbalance an image.
·         Don’t be afraid of making mistakes or making radical changes to your painting.
·         Taking material away (e.g. tearing layers back) can be just as effective as adding to an image constantly.
·         Continue to mix colours and avoid the obvious.

 ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
You will be marked on how effectively you:
·         Demonstrate confidence and skill in the handling of paint and mixed media.
·         Select and resolve compositions.
·         Observe and record.
·         Demonstrate understanding of techniques and concepts (such as spatial use of colour) and effectively integrate these into your practical work.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
·         At least one well resolved A2 observational painting.
·         Fully finished A1 Mixed Media Abstraction.
·         A set of at least 20 photographs of the still life arrangement (print thumbnails of them all and include the best 3 or 4 shots as larger A5 printouts)
·         At least one photomontage/joiner based on the Still Life inspired by David Hockney’s work.
·         2 pages of research into David Hockney’s photographic joiners thoughtfully presented alongside your own analysis.
·         A sustained Tonal pencil drawing based on your still life photography in your sketchbook.
·         A collection of images (minimum 6) by abstract artists, thoughtfully presented in your sketchbook with analytical comments and visual responses.
·         Word-processed project evaluation (300-500 words).

REFERENCES:
For Photography: David Hockney.
Abstraction: Hans Hofmann, Howard Hodgkin, Albert Irvin, Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn.




Friday, 23 September 2016

NEW PROJECTS, Stuff you need to bring on Monday.

For Monday those in Group 1 will need to bring:
Drawing pencils, a rubber, £3 for an A3 stapled sketchbook and one complex hand tool (ideally with moving parts) as a subject for drawing. Things like corkscrews, mechanical whisks, hand drills, adjustable spanners or can openers are ideal.
​For the next fortnight lessons for Group 1 will be in the downstairs studio (Room 815).
Those in Group 2 will need:
Drawing pencils, a rubber, a painting shirt (if you are precious about your clothes) and either £5 for a set of brushes and a sketchbook, or £3 for a A3 stapled sketchbook and a range of your own paintbrushes.
​For the next fortnight lessons for Group 2 will be in the upstairs studio (Room 855).
Have a good weekend and good luck finishing your current projects.
See you all on Monday,

Thursday, 22 September 2016

GROUP 1 - COLOUR EVALUATION and SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

John Hoyland's Shoes.
Write your evaluation as a flowing piece of text, using full sentences, but ensure you cover the following points, it is helpful to include photos of your two main paintings alongside your evaluation:
  • Identify at least two aspects of your observational painting that you consider to be successful. (These could be things such as composition, use of colour, creation of space, observation of detail or painterly technique). Justify and explain your choices.
  • Identify an aspect of your observational painting that you could improve, explain your choice.
  • Have you learnt anything from producing the observational painting? Did you find this straightforward or a difficult task?
  • Overall are you satisfied with your observational painting? Give reasons.
  • Do you think your photographic joiners were successful? Did you enjoy making them? Identify some strengths and weaknesses of the images you made, did you find this a challenging activity?
  • Identify at least two aspects of your mixed media abstraction that you consider successful. Explain your choices.
  • Identify an aspect of your mixed media abstraction that you could improve, explain your choice.
  • Explain something you have learnt from producing the mixed media abstraction.
  • Overall are you satisfied with your mixed media abstraction? Give reasons.
  • Over the project which Artists did you research? What appealed to you about their work? Did your research help or influence any of your own work in any way? Describe how.
  • Which of the painting methods did you enjoy the most?
  • Which painting do you consider your most successful; why?
PLEASE COMPLETE AND HAND IN YOUR WORD-PROCESSED EVALUATION 
With the rest of your work BY 4.30PM ON MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER.

MINIMUM SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
  • A well completed A2 observational painting.
  • Fully finished A1 Mixed Media Abstraction.
  • Full page tonal pencil drawing based on the Still Life in your sketchbook.
  • 2 pages research into David Hockney’s photographic joiners.
  • 2 resolved photographic joiners of your own based on the still life.
  • 4 pages of research into Abstract painters including at least 2 visual responses (1 to each Artist).
  • Word-processed project evaluation (300-500 words).

GROUP 2 - TOOLS CHECKLIST and EVALUATION GUIDANCE


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF SKETCHBOOKS is 
4.30pm MONDAY 26th SEPTEMBER
    In your sketchbooks the following work should be present, please annotate your pages with some brief notes about the techniques you've employed:
    • At least 1 sustained pencil drawing of your tool completed from direct observation.
    • A series of thoughtfully lit and composed photographs of your tool, include thumbnails of your whole shoot and print the best shots at A5/A4 and put in sketchbook.
    • Other drawings of your tool in your sketchbook, these could be in pencil/biro/fineliner.
    • Expressive large scale stick and ink drawings, ideally photograph for inclusion in sketchbook.
    • Expressive large scale charcoal drawings, ideally photograph for inclusion in sketchbook.
    • At least 1 good monoprint.
    • One or more Gold Card plates cut and printed (present plates and prints in your book).
    • A3 Collage (card base) with monochrome mixed media interpretation of your Tool worked over the top.
    • 2 images produced through creative use of the Photocopier - e.g. Inverts/Colour Overlays/Colour Conversions based on your existing drawings and prints.
    • Minimum of 2 good Food Dye and bleach pieces (working into photocopies of existing drawings/prints).
    • Several spray stencil experiments, layering and repeating your motif to create interesting compositions.
    • Heat Transfer experiments.
    • Research into Jim Dine and Florian Nicolle (see earlier post for details).
    • Acetate Collage (ideally worked into with sewing machine).
    • 2 or more layered Photoshop developments of your work, scan existing pieces and combine them, consider addition of text. Print out and include.
    • Spray Paint Artist research (see earlier post for details).
    • 400-600 word, word processed evaluation (see guidance below).
    EVALUATION GUIDANCE
    In order to pass this project, you will need to write a short evaluation.  This will clearly define the processes and techniques you have investigated, as well as outlining any high moments and low moments.
    •    Begin by giving a brief outline of the project – describing what you were being asked to do. Talk about why you selected your particular tool, what design and drawing opportunities did it offer you? What visual qualities appealed about your tool?  - mention specific shapes, colours, textures, surfaces, details etc.
    •    Talk through all the different processes you encountered, keeping it brief & informative, which were the most successful in your view, & how have your existing skills been extended in the process. Use the checklist of techniques above to ensure you cover everything.
    •     Talk about the artists you researched (Dine, Nicolle, Banksy etc.) why they were relevant and how you used what you learnt about them in your own work.
    •    Reflect on how you worked throughout the project, did you manage your time well? What things might you have improved upon? 


    GROUP 2 - Spray Stencil Artist Research

    To complement the work you are doing in class you need to find an Artist who creates works which involve spray stencils, and base your research on this individual. Present your research over a minimum of two pages and use the guidance to ensure you cover the right stuff in your written analysis. Some works by potential Artists to study are featured below:

    Bryce Chisholm

    Banksy

    Bernie Reid

    RESEARCH

    1. Identify your Artist and include brief biographical details/background information.

    1. Find examples of artworks – get good colour copies, list dates, dimensions and media used.

    ANALYSIS



    1. If you can find them, include quotations from the Artist. Try www.artquotes.net


    1. Give a detailed description of the artwork.

    1. Analyse – comment upon use of colour, composition, media, technique, scale etc.

    WRITTEN RESPONSE

    1. Give an opinion on the Artworks, but ensure you justify what you say. Avoid simple value judgements (‘I really like/dislike…’) or vague, meaningless statements (’This piece is really effective’). Comment upon how successful or unsuccessful you find the artwork, and give specific reasons why you hold this opinion (I find this image particularly successful due to the dynamic way in which the Artist has combined spray stencils with other media).

    1. What is the relationship between this work and your own? Identify and explain connections between this artist’s work and your own.


    VISUAL RESPONSE

    1. It is important to also include your own visual responses to artists’ work. In this case your own spray stencil work can be presented as your response, you might consider making an image that combines your spray stencil with other media if the Artist you have selected does this.

    OVERALL PRESENTATION

    1. Take pride in the overall presentation of your research, it should not be rushed. Consider each element carefully:  type, layout, titles, visual responses etc.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016

    GROUP 1 Abstract Artist Research

    Choose two Abstract Artists and analyse at least 3 images by each painter (minimum of 6 Artworks in total). The work should be thoughtfully presented over at least 4 sketchbook pages. Some suggested Artists to research are listed below. This work will be marked with the rest of the project when you hand in next week.

    Hans Hofmann, Howard Hodgkin, Albert Irvin, Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Cy Twombly, Gillian Ayres, John Hoyland, Fiona Rae.

    Jackson Pollock at work

    Gerhard Richter

    Albert Irvin

    Hans Hofmann

    Willem De Kooning

    RESEARCH

    1. Identify each Artist and include brief biographical details/background information.

    1. Find examples of artworks – get good colour copies, list dates, dimensions and media used.

    1. If you can find them, include quotations from the Artist. Try www.artquotes.net

    ANALYSIS

    1. Give a detailed description of the artwork.

    1. Analyse – comment upon use of colour, composition, technique, scale etc.

    WRITTEN RESPONSE

    1. Give an opinion on the Artworks, but ensure you justify what you say. Avoid simple value judgements (‘I really like/dislike…’) or vague, meaningless statements (’This piece is really effective’). Comment upon how successful or unsuccessful you find the artwork, and give specific reasons why you hold this opinion (I find this painting particularly successful due to the way in which the Artist has created a balanced composition by distributing the strong red colour evenly throughout the piece).

    1. What is the relationship between this work and your own? Identify and explain connections between this artist’s work and your own.


    VISUAL RESPONSE

    1. It is important to also include your own visual responses to artists’ work. This can either be a copy of an artwork (or a detail of a work) with the purpose of analysing technique; a diagram or study that investigates certain formal elements of the artwork (composition, brushwork); or a piece of your own work that clearly uses some of the techniques, methods or aspects of this artist’s work.

    OVERALL PRESENTATION

    1. Take pride in the overall presentation of your research, it should not be rushed. Consider each element carefully:  type, layout, titles, visual responses etc.