I attended a fantastic one-day drawing course with Ian Murphy yesterday. It was held at Hong Kong International School, so a bit of a journey from the New Territories, but the travel was well worth it, for a really indulgent day of just playing around, learning new things and creating.
I also got a load of ideas ( as well as photographs of Ian's work) to take back to my own students, so it was well worth it from a teaching point of view, too!
Here are a few photos of what I did during the day ...
My Year 10s have continued to develop their painting skills in the past couple of weeks and here is a little 'whiteboard exhibition' of the results in my classroom! The big red magnets and assorted whiteboard markers etc don't do much for the overall presentation, but I think the students have clearly been able to see their skills and confidence grow as the lessons have progressed. There were a couple of absences during the week, but everyone who spent three lessons on this task has done really well.
After this, I provided about a dozen different examples of still life painting for the students to copy and learn from.
All the examples were chosen for their use of a range of tertiary and neutral colours, to stretch the students' abilities to recognise and recreate a really wide range of subtle, naturalistic colours. I differentiated by providing a range of styles and varying degrees of difficulty in terms of realism and accuracy. Despite the range, 5 or 6 examples out of the 12 proved really popular, as you can see from the display above!
To follow up, the homework this week has been to choose another painting to copy, this time in a different colour medium. Some of the quicker, more fluent students in the group were able to finish their paintings ahead of the others and spent a lesson completing their homework in class.
The next steps will be by far the biggest challenge, as the students move from looking at other artists' work, to start to create their own imagery, style and ideas.