Postmodernism- Appropriated Painting
Year 9 were introduced to postmodernism in this unit, by considering how artists use the technique of appropriation. This is when an artist takes an existing artwork, changes it in some way and in doing so gives us a new meaning for the image. Using Vincent van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles as a starting point, students considered what a bedroom can be - a place to rest, to dream, a place of nightmares, a safe haven, an escape. They then reinterpreted van Gogh's original in an acrylic painting.
Art Nouveau and the architecture of Gaudi- Ceramics
Students made ceramic vessels to reflect the style of Art Nouveau and the architectural practice of Antonio Gaudi. Gaudi was a Spanish architect who engineered some of the most amazing structures inspired by nature. La Sagrada Familia is one of his most famous works, still under construction today.