A highly charged and totally focused art lesson demonstrating the value of directness combined with established skill and insight from prior achievement.
The sophistication with which this group of Y10 pupils are working on a series of vibrantly coloured studies of plants means that everyone in the group is achieved an A or B in GCSE standard for this task. The materials employed vary from oil pastel to watercolour but all are combining and manipulating colour with vigour and sensitivity to the background colour or texture of the paper. The lesson acts as an “art gym” session building confidence and skill for an examination.
The pupils continually discuss their work using an unusually mature and extensive range of art terminology to link their work to the practice of modern painters not just the finished outcome.
The teaching that supports this achievement is based on sheer challenge backed by high expectations and removing the fear of failure from the pupil’s attitude. They have learned that through daring they can achieve success. It is notable that every member of the class is maximising their attainment, including some highly talented individuals. Boys are achieving in line with girls.