In Day of the Dead, Year 8 students continue this theme of influences from other artists, however this time they are exploring the way in which different cultures can form the basis for our art work, again looking outside of Europe to Mexico. Within this project they are able to work with a wide range of media, reinforcing understanding of paint techniques and exploring new materials such as clay.

Within the Urban Environment and Climate Change Project, Pop Art is our key influence focusing on Andy Warhol and Roy Lichenstein and we use these artists to inspire a poster for Climate Change. The students make an issue based piece of artwork on Climate Change as we understand how these issues need to be addressed and how we can educate and help improve not only our local environment but the world. Students are first exposed to the origins of perspective from the Renaissance period learning and understanding the key fundamental principles to 1 and 2 point perspective. Discussions then take place around the need for climate action in Leeds and throughout the world.

We then discuss in depth the Pop art movement and the implications of printing more generally, touching on Gutenberg, and the growth of mass production. Students learn the differences between painting and printing, making their own printing blocks from poly block reinforcing their understanding of this process, first explored in Year 7. This project is set out to a design brief like in graphic design, allowing students to understand working with limitations.

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