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!

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.

Year 9. Great compositions for further development

Year 9 - take a look at these fab pics of sweets and cakes. You can use them as inspiration to photograph your own arrangements and get them posted on the blog.

Good eh? If you fancy setting up your own still-life,  photograph it and get your work posted on the Blog.

                                 When taking your photos think about 'viewpoint' and 'light source'.

Close ups often make great compositions

And be as inventive as you can.
If you fancy doing this extended piece of homework send your photograph to Mr Charles and we can share your ideas on the blog. Looking forward to seeing the results.

All SWEETness in Miss Shipley's Year 9 group

Here we see our Year 9 students getting stuck in to their National Curriculum level test. These studied from observation will go towards tracking in a few weeks time. So do your best you lot - to be completed for homework.
Larene and Sarah, deep in concentration, working hard to get the best level. And they get to eat the sweets.

The group concentration is excellent.

Love the girly pencil cases in the next two pics.

I don't know why you're hiding - your drawing looks great.

A proud moment.
Miss Shipley says 'A fantastic response to the test you lot. I was very pleased with the lesson and motivation. Everyone gets a sticker'

...and you get to eat the sweets. More news to follow.

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