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Paint a portrait of yourself in Van Gogh’s style.

Practice painting the
• Background swirls of colour first
• Your features
• Your hair
• Your clothing.
• Practice layering the correct range of colours.
Practice rendering with grades of tone and finally embellish with bright white tints.

Ask these awareness questions
1. Have I swirled the background enough?
2. Are the colours separate enough?
3. Have I used the right kind of brush strokes to create the swirls in my hair?
4. Have I rendered the image with enough tone and tints?

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Aboriginal Dreaming (Map of Your Life).
Produce as many versions as you can.
Awareness questions
 Have you created some of your own symbols and shown them on one page?
 Have you created a key to explain each or your symbols?
 Have you included some people/animal prints?
 Have you include some meeting places?
 Are your colours earthy (pale, muddy greens, oranges, yellows and browns)?
 Are your daubs of colour neat?
Then you are ready for your exam 

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Paint a cubist styled self-portrait.
To prepare for the exam we must practise painting the background, and facial features, shapes and textures. We must also practise painting neatly by resting the side of our hand on the paper while we paint. Finally we must practise rendering with grades of tone and finally embellish with bright white tints.

Ask these awareness questions
1. Have faded the background enough to make my face stand out?
2. Have I painted the colours flat and neat?
3. Have I used the right kind of brush strokes to create the textures in some areas?
4. Have I rendered the image with enough tones and tints to give it high visual impact?

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The International Schools Association is looking for the next drawing to go on the programme covers for three of their very popular Sports competitions: Swimming, Triathlon, and Athletics (2018-19).
Your homework task (year 7, 8, 9 and all of year 10)
Produce an A4 drawing, collage or painting.
The image must be turned portrait way up.

The winning image will be selected for the front cover of the 2018 National swimming Championships programme and 2019 Athletics and Triathlon programmes.
Prize
The artist and artist’s school will be acknowledged. Runners-up will also be featured inside the programme. Copies will go to the event spectators – more than 1,200 of them in total. The winners and runners-up will also receive their own copy of the programme. You can then say your artwork has been published in the UK.

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Homework
Log on to the internet. Search Google images.
• Find a self-portrait by Pablo Picasso.
• It must be in the Cubist style.
• Copy the image into a word document.
• Create a title using the name of the artist.
• The first paragraph should have a sub heading – About the Artist. Then type the name of the artist. Then write an interesting paragraph about the life of the artist.
• The second paragraph should have a sub heading – About the Work. Then write the title of the work (in Italics), the medium used and on what surface and the year it was made. Then write a descriptive paragraph about what you see within the painting using the language of art (your key terms).
• In the third paragraph write the subheading – Personal Influence. Do you like or dislike it? What exactly do you like or dislike? What do you think about it? How do you feel about it?
On the next page copy the portrait using a wet or dry medium.

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Homework: Create your own Celtic celebration of your personal horoscope. The design must be colourful, with your animal outlined, using any wet or dry medium or mixed media like our lesson today. Art club will be active every Monday 4.00 – 5.00 for any students wishing to attend.

Here are the 13 signs of the Celtic zodiac:
The Rowan (Jan 22- Feb 18). The Thinker. They’re people with bright ideas (ideas that the world may not yet be ready for). Rowans can come across as aloof and unsociable, but underneath they are burning with passion. They have high standards. Animal: Cat.

The Ash (Feb 19- Mar 17). The Enchanter. The Ash person is creative, artistic, and in touch with nature. They tend towards being withdrawn and introverted, and can sometimes be moody. Ash people are very generous and trusting, sometimes to a fault. Animal: Adder.

The Alder (Mar 18- Apr 14). The Trailblazer. Alders are leaders, often drawing followers in whatever path they take. They are confident, gregarious and proactive. They have little tolerance for the superficial and dislike wastefulness. Animal: Fox.

The Willow (Apr 15- May 12). The Observer. Willows are intuitive, and in touch with nature’s cycles and seasons. This makes them patient and accepting people. Highly intelligent, Willows sometimes hold their potential back out of modesty. Animal: Bull.

The Hawthorn (May 13- June 9). The Illusionist. Hawthorns often appear average and ordinary on the outside but they are bursting with passion and creativity on the inside. They’re excellent listeners and have a great sense of humour. Animal: Seahorse.

The Oak (June 10- July 7). The Stabiliser. Strong and wise, Oaks love to stand up for the underdog and make good campaigners. Oaks like social settings and sharing knowledge, and make good teachers. They are nurturing and caring. Animal: Wren.

The Holly (July 8- Aug 4). The Ruler. The sign of kings, Hollies take on positions of power and leadership effortlessly. They can be competitive and ambitious, and this can be mistaken for arrogance. However, underneath, the Holly is kind and generous. Animal: Horse.

The Hazel (Aug 5- Sept 1). The Knower. Hazels excel at academia, and have strong memories. They like keeping abreast of current events, and are always well-informed. They also have a need for order. They have a keen eye for detail, and make good scientists, mathematicians etc. Animal: Salmon.

The Vine (Sept 2- Sept 29). The Equaliser. Vines are changeable and unpredictable, which can lead to indecisiveness. They tend towards neutrality, as they can see both sides of the story. Vines enjoy the good life and have a great sense of style. Animal: Swan.

The Ivy (Sept 30- Oct 27). The Survivor. Like the plant itself, Ivy people overcome any challenge to thrive. They persevere with grace and cling to their self-belief and faith in times of strife. They are charming and warm-hearted. Animal: Butterfly.

The Reed (Oct 28- Nov 24). The Inquisitor. Curious, with a lively mind, Reeds make great journalists, detectives and archaeologists. They love to ‘dig’ for the truth and can coax stories out of people. On the flip-side, Reeds can enjoy gossip and tend towards manipulation. Animal: Wolf.

The Elder (Nov 25- Dec 23). The Seeker. Elders can be thrill-seekers, and can burn the candle at both ends. Often blunt, they can have problems forming deep connections despite their gregarious nature. Despite appearances, Elders are generally deeply thoughtful with a genuine desire to help others. Animal: Hawk.

The Birch (Dec 24- Jan 21). The Achiever. Highly driven, Birches are always striving for more. They want to be the best, and are natural leaders. They also maintain a cool head, and are famous for their wit. Birches do have a softer side, and aim to bring beauty wherever they go. Animal: Stag.

Whether you take it all with a pinch of salt or can identify your own personality within these signs, one idea I spotted online may be worth pursuing. Stuck for a birthday gift or don’t want to risk getting a newborn yet another Babygrow? Why not plant or buy them “their” tree? A truly green present!

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Complete the portrait study started at the National Portrait gallery yesterday

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Year 10 Full Immersion pupils – The Figure
1. Produce two or more artist studies. Copy the artists’ work include name colours and colour swatches, (create 1 x A3 artist study for exhibition).
2. Create a mind map include possible names, feelings, colours, shapes, themes, styles, techniques, media, photos and doodles in response to the project title, Figure and Movement or Figure and Metamorphosis, (create 1 x A3 display version for exhibition).
3. Using your mind map photos/doodles, research relevant images of people flora, fauna and objects and write some interesting notes. Make sure your sketchbook reads fluently like a book, linking each page contextually to drawings on the next page.
4. Draw or paint primary (from life) or secondary (photographs) images over 8 or more sketchbook pages. Include sketches and photos of each from different angles where possible, (create 1 or more x A3 displays for our end of year exhibition).
5. Draw patterns, tones etc., to create your particular study artists’ effect, (create 1 x A3 display for exhibition).
6. Divide the opposing page into 4 sections and sketch out rough colour versions, changing colour, lines, shapes and tones. Remember to add notes, (create 1 x A3 display for exhibition).
7. Scan the best colour developments. Filter in Paint.net using a variety of elements, include the colour, tone, line etc., used by study artist., (create 1 x A3 display version for exhibition).
8. Explore best developments again but this time use different medium upon a variety of scientifically selected surfaces like wooden board, plastic, foil, glass canvas, fabric or paper etc. Remember to annotate your pages explain in an interesting way your discoveries, personal working process and profound thoughts whist working.
9. Remember to always keep your sketchbook close and use it as a quick visual reference tool whilst developing or exploring your ideas.

Year 10 Stanborough pupils – Cubist Portrait
1. Produce two or more artist studies. Copy the artists’ work include name colours and swatches, (create 1 x A3 artist study for exhibition).
2. Create a mind map include possible names, feelings, colours, shapes, themes, styles, techniques, media, photos and doodles in response to the project title, (create 1 x A3 display version for exhibition).
3. Using your mind map photos/doodles, research 4 people write some interesting notes. Make sure your sketchbook reads fluently like a book, linking each page contextually to drawings on the next page.
4. Draw or paint 4 primary (from life) or secondary (photographs) portraits over 8 or more sketchbook pages. Include sketches and photos of each person from different angles. (create 1 or more x A3 displays for our end of year exhibition).
5. Cut out geometric shapes from each colour photograph and jigsaw and overlap to create four different cubist style photo-montaged developments. Draw patterns, tones and colour in areas directly onto the photograph to create your particular study artists’ effect, (create 1 x A3 display for exhibition).
6. Divide the opposing page into 4 portrait shaped sections and sketch four rough colour versions, changing colour, lines, shapes and tones. Remember to add notes, (create 1 x A3 display for exhibition).
7. Scan the 4 photomontages. Filter in Paint.net using a variety of elements, include the colour, tone, line etc., used by study artist., (create 1 x A3 display version for exhibition).
8. Explore best developments again but this time use different medium upon a variety of scientifically selected surfaces like wooden board, plastic, foil, glass canvas, fabric or paper etc. Remember to annotate your pages explain in an interesting way your discoveries, personal working process and profound thoughts whist working.
9. Remember to always keep your sketchbook close and use it as a quick visual reference tool whilst developing or exploring your ideas.

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Write an artist study about an artist who draws or paints Celtic trees.

Follow the criteria below

Log onto the Internet. In the Google search engine, type your homework research title (Celtic tree painting). Choose a work of art and then cut and paste it into a Microsoft Word document. Place the image beneath the title (the artists’ name). Go to the Google search engine again and this time type in a search for the artist that made this work and see how much you can find out about the artist through different search engines like Wikipedia, etc. Then write about the artist using your own words. Choose an interesting font for the main paragraph to make the writing beautiful and use the format below using artistic words that show you have really looked at the work.

About the Artist

The first paragraph gives us basic information –

1. The name of the artist, (do not choose Jen Delyth) the title of the work and the year it wasmade.

About the Image

1. Write a paragraph describing the painting using the language of art. What objects, lines or shapes can you see within this work of art, what colours did the artist use?

Personal influence

2. Write a paragraph about why you chose this tree

Enjoy your homework and thank you for taking the time to present it beautifully and thoughtfully.

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Art FIE – complete the artist studies if this was still outstanding and/or complete the copy of your artists work.
Art Secondary school – complete your next cubist composition.