I have had the pleasure of spending much of last week up with the Art department looking at the learning going on from Y7 all the way up to Y13 and, once again learnt all sorts of things I didn’t know before:

  • How to make a ‘pinch pot’ (and the importance of this)
  • What a Tjanting is and how hot it needs to be!
  • What happens when you overheat clay in a kiln
  • How artists use grids to improve the accuracy of their drawings
  • What Mizuki (Y11) sees on her  ‘pathway’ to school
  • How different students have very different ideas about ‘Urban decay’
  • How the composition of a piece is as important as the execution of individual elements
  • What a surrealist pot looks like (see below!)
  • How Chuck Close managed to work through physical disabilities to continue painting enormous canvases
  • Why swinging your camera to get a blurring effect is only advisable after some practise (ask TDP!)
  • Why you shouldn’t take your granny to see the art at MOCA

Many thanks to Helen and her team. I’m sure they would be only too happy to welcome other visitors if you wanted to learn more about what they are doing!

One of the many surrealist pots from Art last week - work that Y9 students are doing this term.

One of the many surrealist pots from Art last week – work that Y9 students are doing this term.