On behalf of staff members: Mrs Johnson, Mrs Callcut, Miss Bailey, Mrs Shipley, Mr Haggett, Mr Lewin, Miss Bailey and Mrs Jones....

Welcome to the Art and Design Department.

Students and parents are encouraged to keep up to date with the blog. It gives you all the latest news, assessments, exam dates and of course lots of photographs of ongoing work. For up to the minute info - please also follow us on twitter (check out the twitter feed near the bottom of this page).

Feel free to email any of the staff if you require specific information. You can also respond to any of the posts below!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Important dates for Year 11, 12 and 13

As we build up towards the exam days please be aware of the following important dates:
Year11 (and certain Year 10 students) - March 29 and 30
Year 12 - April 1 - mock exam then April 8th
Year 13 - April 5,6 and 7.
Some general advice - prepare early, generate photographs, prepare backgrounds, draw out before the exam days.  Make sure your studies from observation, artist connections and planning are complete. Annotate your work to explain what you are trying to do. Be ambitious.
6th form students - prepare to mount your work.
Speak soon.
Art staff

Monday, 7 February 2011

From Photography to Ceramics Year 9 show us what they can do in after school clubs

Kate looks on as Izzy works hard in the background. And a great big thank you to Hannah and Molly who say cheers Miss Townsend, it was a wicked experience.

Continuation of John Burgerrman
cartoon drawings.

Lauren, Frankie, Lottie and Molly working on the black background in marker pen after some hard work on the characters.

Jack Brookes and his female followers. Lucky girls.

Katie, Kate, Ellie, Harriet, Lottie, Pheobe and others busy with their water colours - more cartoon characters.

Mr Robinson in his usual weirdo pose. Stay on the medication says Molly W.

This group of ceramic students have got it all wrapped up. Enlarge the images to appreciate the technical control and ideas that have gone into their clay pieces.

Rob, Hannah, India, Sam, Emily, Sian, Sophie - 'pot pointing'.
These wrap around forms are a great practice for the Year 10 large scale ceramics inspired by African Art.

Looks like Emily and Rob have bonded.

Van Gogh influenced large scale painting in Miss Shipley's group. Wow.

Rachael, Katie, Laura, Danni, Matt, Jess, Catherine, Angela, Louisa and the others....

...and Louisa's floating head ......

The two gorgeous girls in the middle wrote and edited this blog .... Katie and Laura X X X

Laura painted the green bit ....

Sophie, Jade, Hannah, Beth, Amanda, Tom, Ollie,Ellie and others with the odd looking fella in the background. Thanks Sir.

Well done you lot. We'll be displaying your work around school very soon. It was a great atmosphere in the clubs. Post some of your comments about the work you did.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Year 11 Starting Points

Maybe these recent pics will give you some ideas for your exam project

Interesting composition and strong light source. Lots of you are good at this sort of still-life.

This mask from Bali is in the Art Department. Us it any time.

Tools are easy to resource and set up.

Close up of ballet shoes are always popular and lead to visual exciting images.

Antyhing take your fancy? Take your own photographs or bring your own resources to school.

Year 12 and 13 A-level Notice

Week commencing Monday, January 17th
12AS - this will be week 2 of your Final Piece (2)
13A2 - start your Final Piece 2.Three weeks have been allocated.
All groups, see your Art teacher to check your written work.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

6th form Art students have an important deadline.

Just when you thought the A-level course would go on for ever, the deadline for Final Piece 1 has finally caught up with us. Here is a snapshot of some of their studies ....

Ask Neva about her ideas and the concept behind this technically sound drawing. She loves to talk - and talk - and talk. Nice work Neva.


Eva was the first to finish Final Piece 1 and she has already started Final Piece 2 (in the background). Go for it Eva, you are great at using chcoal on such a large scale. Eye see what you mean.

Jessica exists in an upside down world - she'll explain.

Nearly finished Claire.You have a sound reputation for producing very peronal interpretations. This A1 study is no exception. Good luck in your interview.

Unlike her brother, this young lady has worked her socks off to meet the demanding deadlines required at A-level. Your work really does have the WOW factor Chloe.

Elli is the artist and her friend Emma is the model. Another expressive example of charcoal and chalk pastels that makes good use of light and dark for dramatic effect - chiaroscuro.

Bessie, who has a passion for prawn crackers, has nearly finished this stunning portrait of Chloe. If you think this is good you should see her Final Piece 2 composition. Watch this space. It's gonna be great. Thanks for the cake Mrs A.

They say the best things come in small packages. You are a star Emma. A fabulous large scale painting that took hours and hours to do. We all admire your work.

Aaron is rarely out of the spotlight and here he poses  for us with his pencil and mixed media potrait. Nice one.

It's interesting to track patterns and trends because this year we seem to have a return to figurative studies, painting on canvas seems to be coming back into fashion and there is quite a lot of small scale drawing going on. Tessa, your influence is every where. 

Miss Townsend's Year 9 tests

The boys might be looking away from the camera but the work they are producing for their NC test piece looks on course to get a good level. More pics to follow of the final outcomes which we hope to display around school ready for the Parent's Evening.

Nice one girls. Hard at work - and you seem to be enjoying yourself.

 What is he looking at?

Looks good to me. Remember one lesson plus a homework to get the best level you can that goes towards your tracking in a few weeks time.
We also want to make a diplay of your work to give your parents something to see.
(Thanks for the photo's Miss Lindsey)

Monday, 10 January 2011

More Year 9's start the level test

 It took a bit of settling down but the majority of Mr Charles's group made a sound start to their level test. Remember guys, one lesson in class and then to be finished off for homework. Luckily for you - NOT on the January 24th which is an inset day - so we'll go for Friday January 28th.

                                      Looking good guys. Heads down and full on concentration.

 Well you seem to be enjoying the lesson. Make sure you sharpen your pencils - just a joke, they know what I mean.

                                                            Smile for the camera Molly.

The two girls - nice work.

                  And as you would expect from the girls on the top table - concentration is full on.

                             And a GREAT big hello to our new member of the group. Welcome.

                                     Remember you lot - January 28th - get the best level you can.

About Me

This blog is devoted to students working with Chellaston Academy Art Department, and features examples of the fantastic work they produce (Key stages 3, 4 and 5... Years 7 - 13). Please feel free to leave constructive comments - and if you are an attending pupil, we would love to hear from you. If you have any ideas for the site, requests for help/ideas with your current project or work you would like to see on this page - please speak to your current Art Teacher who will advise you how to submit your post. Don't forget - this page only displays the most recent posts... please use the archive link tree at the bottom of the page to visit older items. Please also visit the Learning Platform for lots more information. If you have any questions please post a message on the blog. Alternatively Mr Charles an be contacted at rogercharles@chellaston.derby.sch.uk