Making order out of chaos! March 2017
Saturday 11th March 2017
Art Scholars in Years 6-8 were in for the day “making order out of chaos”!
We were working with Jon Hills, former Head of Art at Queenswood School in Hertfordshire and my former colleague.
The day began with boys having to draw a human face from memory which was difficult but gave Jon a lot of information.
They then had fun ‘slapping’ a lot of paint around producing two things: a piece of paper covered in black acrylic and (after looking at the work of two Abstract Expressionist artists, Willem de Kooning and Arshile Gorky) another sheet of paper covered in colourful, abstract marks. Or, as the boys fondly described it, they made a (controlled) mess!
We took photos of the boys with high contrast – shadow on one side and light on the other side of their faces - and these were printed out A3 in size.
Boys then had to draw around all the shadow on their photo and then draw it again, free-hand and enlarged, on to the back of the sheet of paper painted black.
This was then cut out, using a knife, and all the pieces were placed on to their abstract paintings, creating a shadow of a face on top of a spirited, colourful backdrop.
What was left of their black paper, the negative, was stuck onto white paper, creating another portrait.
This actually was as complicated as it sounds (!) but they produced some SUPER results!!
Jon and I used to do this project with Lower Sixth students and the boys have done extremely well.