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Lockyer's Middle School

Year 8

Autumn Term 2019

This term in art, Year 8 have been exploring the local area in which we live, working on a topic of Dorset Landscapes

Initially they worked on developing greater proficiency in their drawing skills, working on creating observational drawings of local Dorset landmarks using a range of tones and textures.

Pupils then explored and evaluated the effectiveness of a range of different painting media which allowed them to begin to make individual choices about the media they used in their final piece.  They investigated the different painting media by experimenting with a further range of painting techniques; acrylic paints and watercolour pencils seemed to be firm favourites for their bright, vivid outcomes.

After exploring the processes of drawing and painting and knowing that they were going to be designing and producing a Visit Dorset poster for their final outcome, pupils looked into the history of poster design.  We read about the historical railway posters of the 1900's as well as the purpose of poster designs before comparing them to modern day poster designs from designers such as Becky Bettesworth and Richard Watkin who produce posters of our local area.  

It was then on to designing their own poster, using inspiration from the range of posters they had researched.

The pupils took great ownership of their work, weren't afraid to take artistic risks and enjoyed being able to make the independent decisions about the visual outcomes of their work.  They all produced work on different scales and it was good to see them take on the challenge of scaling up their work using grid method - a good cross curricular maths link for some!