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Natural Forms

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Sarah Hurdle

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About me: I am Miss Hurdle.

My background in art: I studied Fashion and Clothing at Harrogate College after Yr11.

3 Year Degree in Contemporary Applied Arts, University of Cumbria.

4 Months backpacking around S.E Asia.

and Aspirations
Scribble down some of your hopes and aspirations over the next two years.

These don't have to be about achieving A's and B's.

You might think about materials you want to try.

It could be a personal goal to become more confident to explore art, or to share ideas with the class.

You don't have to share this with anyone. I might have a sneeky peek to get a better idea of how I can help you individually. But this is for you - no one else.
GCSE Course
- What is in store?
2 Main projects
Extended project - Natural Forms (Controlled Assessment Yr10-11)
10 Hour exam (Year 11)
Large Portfolio of work (final marking)
Unit 1 = 60% (controlled project)
Unit 2 = 40% (external project)
4 Assessment Objectives.
Assessment Objectives
their ideas through investigations
informed by

Refine their ideas through experimenting
and selecting appropriate resources, media,
materials, techniques and processes
Record ideas, observations and insights
relevant to their intentions in visual and/or
other forms
Present a personal, informed and meaningful
response demonstrating analytical and critical
understanding, realising intentions and where
appropriate, making connections between
visual, written, oral or other elements.
Volunteer Scribe - Mind Map
Unit 1
Natural Forms
Georgia O'Keeffe
Ernst Haeckel
1834 - 1919 - German Biologist
Karl Blossfeldt
1864 - 1932
General Inspiration Images
Learning Objectives
To learn about and develop knowledge and understanding of the GCSE course.

To develop critical study skills by creating a tonal colour study of an artists work.
Task and Homework
Select an image from the options below to carefully produce a tonal colour study. Make sure you select a challenge appropriate to your goals.

Success Criteria:
Broad tonal range
Careful and gradual blending
Observed proportion
Georgia O'Keeffe - Music – Pink and Blue II
Anni Adkins - Goldies Iris
What questions do you have about GCSE, your art teacher, the project?
Observational Drawings
5 minute continuous line drawing of the shell on your table.

Use fine liner pen.

Learning Objectives
To employ and develop observational drawing skills to record primary observations.

To experiment with different backgrounds to create drawing surfaces.
Drawing with biro pen
Create water colour indicators.

Wait to dry. (Example sketchbook)

Use biro pen and mark making skills to record a detailed observation of your object.
Successful mark making?
Mini Plenary
2 Stars and a wish - sticky notes

What do you think your partner has done well?

What do you think your partner could do to improve their work?
Bring your work around the middle table.

Which work do you think is successful? Why?

What makes a piece successful?
Lay out your work on the table.

Take a post-it-note.

Go to a different table.

Write 2 stars and a wish for the work so far.

What has worked well? What do you think could be done to make it better?
Learning Objectives
To develop experimental practices to explore creative surfaces.

To carefully record fine detail and form from primary observations.
1. Complete surface preparation.

2. Careful and considered primary observation of your object.

Think about:
Tonal Range
Mark making
What do you think makes a successful observational drawing? Why?
Slice a pepper in half. Produce a detailed tonal drawing on the cross-section.
Use black or blue biro.

Include texture (mark making) and tonal range.

Due: Wednesday 10th Sept.
Bring homework to the middle table.

Open it so that everyone can see.

Look at each other's work.

Does any piece stand out? Why?
Learning Objectives
To revise and employ tonal techniques to create a sense of 3 dimensional form.

To build on observational drawing techniques to record tone and detail.
Employ and practice tonal range within your observational study.

Think about angle of light source and tonal range of textures on your object.
Why do you think tonal range is important in art?

Think, pair, share.
Sign up for Pinterest. Find: Miss S Hurdle and follow.
Set up a 'Natural Forms' Pin board, pin at least 5 Natural Forms images to begin your own research.
Revisit your peer assessment post-it-note.

How do you intend to achieve your target today?
Learning Objective
To further explore and develop detailed tonal range through observational drawing.
Start collecting source material and presenting it in your sketchbook.

Consider compositions, presentation and your own studies of source material.

At least 2 pages in your sketchbook.

Wednesday 17th Sept
See example sketchbooks.
AO1: Read through the grid for AO1.

What do you think it means?

What questions do you want to ask?
Assessment Objective 1:
Develop your own ideas by looking at artists and designers work or other appropriate sources. Show an understanding of the work and an ability to analyse both your own and others work.
Learning Objectives
To develop knowledge and comprehension of AO1 to inform positive progression.

To explore artists work to develop practical skills and techniques using tonal range.
Artist links
Why are they important?
Two pages image inspiration.

Use books, the internet and your own photographs.

Consider your presentation.

Include your own drawings and studies of images.
Use the little black books as a skills book.

In your skills book fill a page with as many different mark making techniques as you can. Use biro pen.
5 minutes
Learning Objectives
To explore mark making techniques to record texture and tone.

To develop primary observational drawing skills to develop key skills.
Success Criteria?
How do you know you have achieved the LO's?
At least one focused biro pen, observational study.

Look at mark making techniques to record tonal range and texture.

Remember, you may use a view finder to help you select an interesting focus.

Don't select just one subject - consider the layers and composition of the still life.
What, do you think, is the value of observational drawing in art?

Be prepared to explain your answer - aim to talk for 1 minute.
How do you think this image has been produced?
Learning Objectives
To undertake, and learn from, risks within your own practice.

To explore the style of an artist to inform your own observational experimentation.
In what ways do you think we could explore an artists work in our own ways?
Artist Influenced Observational
Select an image to work from.

What materials has the artist used?

What process do you think they have used?

Working from still life - create a study in the style of Angie Lewin.
Bring yourself around the middle table.

Start looking at the sketchbooks on the tables.

How have they presented their work?
Learning Objectives
To creatively explore presentation techniques to collate work appropriately.

To learn how to annotate and discuss art works appropriately.
Using what you have produced so far:

Observational studies
Mind Map
Contextual research
Primary research
Artist studies

Carefully consider and present your work in your sketchbook.
Complete at least one artist inspired observational study.

Select something that might take you out of your comfort zone.

Aim to use a material other than pencil.

How long should you spend on homework at GCSE?

DUE: Wednesday 8th October
What risk will you take today?

How will you take this risk?

Will you need external support to help you?
Learning Objective
To take creative risks in order to develop exploration and experimentation.
Success Criteria
A series of observational studies that have been created using non-traditional drawing methods outside of your comfort zone.
Timed drawings:

Left hand drawing
Blind fold drawing
Continuous line drawing
End of the pencil drawing
Experimental Observations
Angie Lewin
Textural plates to produce prints.
Bring your homework around the middle table.

Be prepared to tell other's what you have done and why.
Learning Objective
To develop working in the style of an artist to broaden skills and technique base.
1. Dampen a sheet of paper.

2. Apply printing inks to your plate.

3. Print your plate onto the damp paper. Use the printing press or a heavy weight.

4. Explore a range of prints and layers - explore colour palettes.
Tidy Away
3 x Sink Monitors - spotless!

Equipment back in correct homes.

Tables wiped and dried.

Work hung up on washing lines - Named!
Was your collagraph print successful?


What would you do differently next time?

Whole class discussion.
Prepare and present your sketchbook ready to show to your peers.

Learning Objectives
To discuss and explain ideas with peers to support self-development.

To develop resilience and independence to respond to feedback to inform progression.
What do you think a group 'crit' might be?

Why do you think it could be important in art?
Group 'Crit'
3 minutes per sketchbook

Make clear and concise notes.

Be considerate but helpful.

Eg. This piece demonstrates good understanding of shape, however to improve this piece you could...explore texture/tone...
DIRT time
What have you done to respond to improve your work? Why?
Mind Map.

How do you think you could alter, adapt and develop your collagraph prints?

Fill the mind map.
Learning Objective's
To explore mixed media techniques to develop collagraph prints.

To experiment with creative presentation techniques to display collagraph experiments.
Helen Smith
Eva Isaksen
Tessa Horrocks
Mixed Media Collagraphs
Eva Isaksen
LO's: To explore mixed media techniques to develop collagraph prints.

To experiment with creative presentation techniques to display collagraph experiments.
Explore a range of techniques to further explore and develop your collograph print.


How can you manage your time carefully to explore a range of techniques?

How can you take a creative risk today?
5 mins
Share and discuss your work with one another.

Bring your work around the middle table.
Homework: Due Wed 22nd
Produce a series of 3 observational drawings - natural forms.

You must only use CONTINUOUS line. Control your marks.

Record detail of your object. You will work from these.

Your drawings should be no smaller than a 20cm x 20cm box.
Straight in and straight on ladies.
Primary observation.

Drawing from real life, or from a photograph you have taken, record a detailed observation of your subject.

You may select your material.

Think about the technical values of your drawing: line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern and colour
Due: Wed 5th Nov
Come around the middle table.

What do you think the difference is between primary and secondary observations?
Learning Objectives
To develop recoding skills to improve primary observations.

To develop risk taking to enable positive development of recording skills.
Get into pairs.

Sit back to back.

One person selects an object to describe to their partner. The listener must draw the object without looking.

Swap over. 3 minutes each.
Karl Blossfeldt
Step one - select a botanical form.
Step two - set up your still life.
Step three - consider your lighting.
Step 4 - take some photographs.
Step 5 - copy the images onto your home space.
Imagine some one new is joining our class after half term. How would you describe the difference between a primary and secondary source?

Give examples.
You have been given a number as you came in.

Find the table with your number.

Make notes around the Assessment Objective on the page.

What do you think it means?

What questions do you have?
Learning Objectives
To develop comprehension of Assessment Objectives and specifications.

To further develop observational drawing skills using chalk pastel and charcoal.
Think about the key words highlighted in the Assessment Objectives...

Use what you have learned to explore chalk and charcoal to record observational drawings of natural forms.

Brown paper.
What stuck with you today?

Write down something you have learned today, post it on the board.

Use full sentences and give an example of how what you have learned is useful to you.
Discussion point:

Why do you think it is important to produce Artist Studies?

Explain your answer.
Learning Objectives
To learn how to study an Artist's work.
What is an Artist Study?
An Artist Study is...
Not a direct copy of a whole piece of work.

A study of a small section to explore the style and technique.

An interpretation of the artist's work in your own way.

A study to inform the journey of your project and technical development.
It could be...
Select an artist's image to produce an artist study.

Think: what do you want to gain from this artist study?

Technique? Style? Influence?
Research an artist that inspires you.
Produce an artist study page.

Miss S Hurdle Pinterest.

Due: Friday 21st Nov
If someone new joined our class next lesson, how would you describe an artist study and its purpose to them?
If the answer is:
Tiny particles of rock and minerals.

What is the question?
What is clay?

Where does it come from?

Kate Malone
Alexis Rago
Peter Randall-Page
Georgia Crook
Secondary Source Inspiration
What does 'Natural Form' mean to you?

secondary source
inspiration and
artist links
appropriate to your inspiration related to Natural Forms.
Do NOT stick them into your sketchbook.

Use my Pinterest board for inspiration.

Due: Wednesday 26th November
Ceramic Texture Tiles
Learning Objective
To learn about and experiment with clay techniques to create textured tiles inspired by Natural Forms.
Learning Objective
To explore abstract ceramic techniques in the style of Henry Moore.
Can you discuss this painting?
How do we start discussing an Artist's work?
Observe - Identify - Recognise
"The Conversation" is a portrait painting of a man's face. The sitter stares intensely out from the canvas directly at the spectator. As the title indicates, I feel that we are conversing and he is listening to my comments. He looks serious and contemplative.
Where do you think understanding is demonstrated in this passage?
Salgado uses bold colours. His palette includes cold hues of blue for shadows, which contrast wildly with the warm reds & oranges within his flesh tones. The warm colours advance and the cooler shadows recede in to the canvas, thus helping to capture the 3D form of the face. His brush strokes are very gestural and energetic, yet contained and tight enough to create a realistic depiction of the man’s face. The artist has applied his paint in such a way that the whole image looks like a collage of layered strokes of squares, rectangles & other shapes.
How does the piece make you feel?
What do you think are the strengths of the design/technique?
What feeling do you want to evoke in your work? How does that relate to the Artist's work?
How will this analysis help your ideas to develop? Next steps?
What did you want to gain from this study?
Apply what you have learned about analysing an Artist's work to annotate your own Artist study.

Remember: Use the BLOOMS wall to help you with questions to consider.

Use full sentences.
Can you discuss this painting?
James Mills
Unscramble the words.

1. iyccalr

2. erhtstc

3. reapp
Learning Objective:
How do you stretch paper?
Step 1: Use brown 'gum tape' to secure your paper to your board.

Step 2: Flood your page with water - don't rub your page.

Step 3: Allow to dry.

Tip: You could give your paper a water colour wash during this process.
Stretching Paper
Still Life
You have been given fruit and veg.

What makes a good composition?

Create an interesting composition that you can all access.

Use light pencil marks to draw the key shapes of your still life.
Step by step process.
Peer assessment.

What has your partner done well?

What advice would you give to your partner to help develop their work?
How many painting techniques can you name?
Learning Objective
To learn about and explore acrylic paint techniques.
How many painting techniques can you name?
If the answer is:

What is the question?
Learning Objective
To learn about and apply acrylic painting techniques to develop still life painting.
Dry brush
Exit ticket:

2 skills you have developed.

1 skill you would like to improve.
Why do you think this composition is successful?
Learning Objectives
To experiment with paint application techniques to suit intentions.

To apply colour theory knowledge to mix colours without black and white.
Peer assessment.

2 stars and a wish.

What has your partner done well?

What do you think they could do to improve their work?
Prepare a one minute talk about your support study homework.

Where did you get the photographs?
Why did you chose the subject matter?
Why did you select your materials?
What went well?
What would you change?
1. 3 thumbnail support studies using colour pencil techniques.

2. Use this time to catch up on unfinished pieces of work and develop your presentation of pieces of work. Eg, support images to go with artist studies and support studies.

Due: Wednesday 7th Jan.
Learning Objective:
To continue to develop perseverance to further challenge your progress.
Drawing with pencil, charcoal, chalk, oil pastel
Painting with watercolours and acrylic paints
Lino-block printing and mono-printing
Torn layers of paper collaged with glue
Card relief (layers of single-ply cardboard eg copier paper boxes)
Emulsion paint, rubbed away with sandpaper
Emulsion paint dragged over PVA glue
Acrylic paint mixed with sand or sawdust to add texture
Tissue paper layered with PVA glue
Graphite stick or charcoal on top of paint to get the darker shades
Wax resist with ink (could use candles or batik)

Techniques to explore:
Mixed-media drawings – using chalk, ink, paint, pencil, charcoal, chalk, oil pastels….
Inks and Batik on fabrics
Collage using found images and different types of paper
Lino Cut Printing
Gregory Spooner
Heather Shimmen
Bring your homework around the middle table.

Be prepared to share and discuss.
Learning Objective
To explore printing techniques to record natural forms.
Observe patterns and shapes of the Natural Forms you have studied and researched.

Use the physical objects and your own drawings to design the print aspect of a mixed media image.

Explore pattern (repetitive? focal?)
Print Examples
How many shades of red can you think of? - you can not use light, bright, dark.

Write them down in the skills book or on a spare bit of paper.
Learning Objective
To learn health and safety rules of Lino Cutting.

To learn how to create a lino print.
Artist study relating to natural/organic forms. Focus on developing your skills rather than a copy of the work.

Avoid using full human figures and portraiture - focus on the finer details if this is your area of intrigue.

Due Thursday 22nd Jan.
What do you think you could do next with your lino print.

Add your thoughts to the white board.

Work as a whole unit to think of ideas.
Learning Objective
To take creative risks to further explore and develop lino printing processes.

1. Complete cutting out your lino design.

2. Print your lino using a variety of layers, repeats and surfaces.

Next: Further cut into your lino to develop a new layer for your design.


Roll a clay slab tile, print your lino into the surface of the clay.
Bring your most successful and least successful piece of work to the large table.

Carefully lay them out so that everyone can see.
Remember homework is due tomorrow.
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