Those working towards their QQI Level 4 at present will have the Painting Level 4 module completed by May for assessment. I like to design the module with the student’s interests and their ability levels in mind. I realise that some learners will have a natural ability and some will find it harder so I break things down to make them as accessible as possible. Learners are required to submit 8-10 mounted, finished pieces with relevant support work and written work. Sounds easy! What could possibly go wrong?
Introduction to Colour Studies
We start the year learning a bit about paint and colour, completing straightforward tasks in colour studies.
This leads on to a Pop Art project where the students research Pop Art and attempt to recreate work by a Pop Artist of their choice. This colourful exercise usually yields impressive results. My aim here is to build trust and confidence. There is written work to be completed, based on the Pop Art movement We then jump back in time to Pre-historic Cave Paintings. We do our research and attempt some cave paintings. We texture cardboard with glue and sand, giving an earthy, rocky look and then try our hand at some authentic cave painting. This is accompanied by worksheets to be submitted. Another historical art journey brings us to Australia and Dot Painting. Students always seem to enjoy this as it is different to what they have previously done and it has almost instant results.
If I haven’t managed to get them on side after Spray Painting I should just resign. They love it. We print images (some will draw their own) on A3 and make paper stencils. On a dry day, we bring spray paint and protective masks, gloves and clothing outside and get creative with the sprays. The results are always great and most learners want to do more and more. The process involved here works really well for the Health and Safety section of the module.
Tonal Studies and Portraits
We are presently working on tonal studies and portraits that are a bit trickier but I’m hoping that trust and confidence has been gained so we can get the most out of this section too. All along we keep all research materials, thumb nail sketches, drawings and drafts to by compiled into their individual sketchbooks for the end of the year. Towards the latter part of the year we will be doing 3D mask making, and Identity Project, Watercolours, Anti Bullying poster design, Acrylic Pouring and, more than likely, more Spray Art.
That should keep us busy