Year 7 Natural Forms
Students began by exploring the expressive qualities of line and mark-making, using brush and ink to copy drawings by van Gogh. They learned how to control hatching, stippling, scribbling and cross-hatching, among other techniques. After choosing the work of a different still-life artist, students made quick copies of their work in oil pastels, developing layers of colour and marks to explore and expand their skills. The students then worked from a selection of dried natural forms: sliced fruit, mushrooms and seedpods, to make their own drawings inspired by what they had learned so far.
The project finished with a short ceramics project, where students experimented with creating marks and texture on clay slabs. They then used a dry-brush technique to paint and accentuate the textures they had created in their work.