Year 8 – A Year of Texture

Just one or two Y8 books from last year, showing some of the curriculum in action. Abstract painting with mark-making, Textures exam unit, they made some terracotta clay shells and Textiles quilting….

Amazing Sketchbooks

Students often ask about using sketchbooks. They are not like Art Coursework books, where you might work through a project or journey… Instead they are small, carry around with you collections of drawings in which you might try and capture a person, a scene or object. The key is experimentation, different materials, and using lots of mark-making to capture something.

These are examples of our A’Level sketchbooks, they are small (often A5) and we really like their expressiveness..

There are so many Artistic and Creative opportunities…

and here are just a few:

The RA are setting daily doodle tasks, today’s is draw a lion…


National Portrait Gallery are also asking artists to do a self portrait and upload on to their twitter #hockneydrawings –

The letter yesterday has so many interesting sketchbook links and having the opportunity to draw is important…

Here’s another that I found on the internet…


Using a Sketchbook…

Dear fantastic art students

We have found a number of rather interesting sketchbooks online, which might inspire you to explore different approaches to drawing. They are really worth looking at (once you’ve opened one, scroll/click through to see the pages) and I hope you feel inspired!

Exciting hand drawings –

Dynamic colour pencil portraits –

Super cool inky and mixed media works –

Tonal, more ‘realistic’ portraits –

Chunky felt-tip drawing –

Ruler-line geometric compositions –

A series of paintings that were developed from sketches of the artist’s home environment –

A beautiful sketchbook including drawings with overlapping lines and a cubist sense of shifting facets as people change position –


Year 12 and Y10 Textiles have been developing their drawing skills. Looking at different ways to make marks and working with drawings to develop designs.

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