The Year 12 art students have already started next year’s course work by creating time lines showing the progression of Modernism. They had to research the different eras and depict the information in a creative and innovative way.
One group produced a series of large pictures, while another created a series of Facebook posts. The third made a washing line of clothes with each garment portraying a different person or artistic style. They completed the task in just a couple of weeks and the results have proved so impressive that the project may be rolled out to other year groups as well.
Mr Procter said: ‘It is looking at art history and artists. They have to show how Modernism developed in an original and creative way. The washing line is visually very clever and for the Facebook project the students researched Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and they used actual quotes from them as if they were chatting via Facebook. It is a really entertaining way of getting the information across.
'The modernist mentality is the idea that you are looking at the core or essence, like Mondrian stripping his pictures down to red, blue and yellow squares because he had reduced that from pictures of nature and finally ended up with verticals, horizontals and primary colours. The students have found their own relevant way of representing that history and information in a format that means something to them.’
Student Sophie Scoular worked on the large scale artwork. She said: ‘We did A2 sheets on each of the art movements but still included a timeline along the top. For cubism I used pencil, whereas for things like psychedelic art we used acrylic and for art nouveau it was softer so we used watercolour. We looked at what the artists used and tried to replicate it. You get the bigger picture of how art developed over time.’
Sophie Banks, Katie Middleton, Alaina Smith, Lauren Leer and Charlie Nunn collaborated on the Facebook campaign. Sophie said: ‘We thought why don’t we choose the best artist in that movement and make a Facebook page on them and try and be more creative. I did pop art so I looked at Roy Lichtenstein.’
Rebecca Watkins and Carly Newman came up with the washing line concept. They said: ‘We just wanted a fun way to represent all of the art movements and show their progression.’