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  1. Microcosm, insects and butterflies • What do you think micro means? And cosmos? • Think of words that relate to microcosm. • What is the smallest thing you can think of?

  2. Lesson Objectives: • To look at various artists, who use insects and the microcosmos as a form of inspiration. • To understand and look closely at the miniature world of insects. • To understand scale by looking at Micrographia by Robert Hooke. • To experiment with pencil mark making and watercolour washes, showing the various delicate structures found on insects. • Lesson Outcomes: • A series of monochromatic observational drawings and watercolour paintings that show understanding of scale, tone and shade, as well as intricate detail. • Homework: • An artist study of either Robert Hooke’s or Ernst Haeckel’s work. Lesson 1: Insects, scale and tone

  3. PLTS: Independent Enquirer - Explore and develop my work using my own ideas, experiment with different materials.

  4. Robert Hooke (1635-1703) • An artist, biologist, physicist, engineer, architect, inventor… or else a polymath. • What does polymath mean? • His most important work is Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies made by Magnifying Glasses, published in 1665. • Micrographiawas an detailed illustrated depiction of the previously unknown microscopic world.

  5. Robert Hooke - Micrographia

  6. Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) A biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist. He discovered, described and named thousands of new species and coined many terms in science and biology.

  7. "You know, the problem with insects is they're always popping out where you don't expect them, you know? They're always surprising you and being in places where you don't want them.” C. Marley (artist using insects)

  8. Giles Revell • Giles Revell is a contemporary artist and photographer, whose work merges science and art. His images examine the architecture of insects, flowers and bubbles. • Insects, inspired by the collections of the Natural History Museum, is a project highlighting the wonders of the insect world. • How do you think these images were created?

  9. Lesson 2: Butterflies, ink & colour • Lesson Objectives: • To look at various artists, who use insects and the microcosm as a form of inspiration. • To experiment with watercolour painting and to be able to show the various delicate structures of wings, wing veins, antennae, legs… • Watercolour: washes and transparency. • Lesson Outcomes: • A series of paintings of butterflies, using watercolour paints. • PLTS:Self Manager - Collect different images that I can use in my artwork. Complete all work to the best of my ability using my own ideas.

  10. Lesson 3: Printmaking • Lesson Objectives: • To gain knowledge and understanding of printmaking. • To experiment with different printmaking techniques, such as collagraph and monoprint. • Collagraph: Print using a built surface (collage) using various textured materials. • Monoprint: Create a single print by drawing on the ink. • Lesson Outcomes: • A built surface of different textures representing Ernst Haeckel’s and Richard Lydekker’s Radiolarians. • A monoprint of an insect. • PLTS:Effective Participant – • Talk and write simply about my work • and artists work. • Know how to change my artwork • to make it look better.

  11. Collagraph Collagraph is a printmaking process in which various textured materials are applied on a rigid surface . During this lesson you need to create a pattern surface inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s and Richard Lydekker’s Radiolarians.

  12. Monoprint Monoprint is a form of printmaking that has an image that can only be made once. No two prints are alike. It is considered as a printed painting/drawing, rather than a reproduction technique. After rolling a small amount of ink you can either: Place a sheet of paper on it and draw, or Remove some of the ink, with a cloth, and then place the sheet of paper on top.

  13. Lesson 4: Experimental Textiles • Lesson Objectives: • To gain knowledge and be able to discuss and analyse the work of Louise Bourgeois. • To experiment with different textiles techniques, weaving and sewing. • Lesson Outcomes: • A fabric work of a spider in the ‘style’ of Louise Bourgeois. • Homework: • In your own words write about Louise Bourgeois’ life and artwork. Make an artist study of one of her works. • PLTS:Creative Thinker - Try out different ideas and designs with my art work. Experiment with different materials and ways of working to combine ideas.

  14. Louise Bourgeois Louise Bourgeois was a mixed media artist who dedicated her life to the artistic process and used her own experiences to create her work. She made artwork that is unique, real and imaginative. She has exhibited her art work in galleries all over the world. Bourgeois was using the spider as a central image/idea in her art.

  15. Louise Bourgeois • Describe the artwork (materials, colours etc.). • What makes it interesting? • How does it make you feel? What sort of atmosphere does it create? • What do you think the idea is behind the work? • How could you use Louise Bourgeois’ artwork as an inspiration for you own work? • Think of a suitable title for this work.

  16. Louise Bourgeois, Maman

  17. Louise Bourgeois, Fabric Work ‘The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.’ Louise Bourgeois

  18. Lesson 5: Collage, patterns and tessellations • Lesson Objectives: • To gain knowledge and explore the work of Christopher Marley, Damien Hirst and Jennifer Angus. • To think of the ethics of art. • To understand patterns, symmetry and tessellations. • To experiment with collage. • Lesson Outcomes: • A geometric pattern. • A collage in the ‘style’ of the above artists. • Homework: • Create a pattern with the technique of collage. • PLTS:Teamworker - Share my skills and abilities with fellow classmates with confidence. Be able to give and take advice on how to improve my own and others work.

  19. Jennifer Angus • Describe this work by Jennifer Angus. • How was it created? • What do you think the idea is behind the work?

  20. Jennifer Angus

  21. Damien Hirst, Christopher Marley

  22. Patterns and Tessellations Think of the composition, colours, shapes and patterns of these artworks.

  23. Collage • Get inspired by looking at the mosaic patterns on your table. • In pairs, create the basic layout of a geometric pattern, using rulers, round objects and different shapes. Make a couple of experimentation and then transfer your chosen pattern into the A3 sheet provided. . In your pairs remake your pattern by using the drawings/paintings of your insects. Think of how the insects themselves (colours, shapes…) enhance the pattern you have created. .

  24. Mapping-Traces

  25. Ants…

  26. RivaneNeuenschwander

  27. Lesson 6: Collage; Evaluation & Assessment • Lesson Objectives: • To develop your collage and experiment with mixed media. • To think of an individual final piece. • To evaluate and assess your work. • Lesson Outcomes: • A completed collage in the ‘style’ ofJ. Angus, D. Hirst & C. Marley. • An Ideas Planning Sheet for a final piece. • Self-assessment sheet completed. • PLTS:Reflective Learner - Know how to make my work look better and set myself achievable targets to reach my next level.

  28. Ideas & Final Piece Planning Remember the artists we looked at: R. Hooke E. Haeckel L. Bourgeois C. Marley etc. • Remember the artistic processes we used. • Those were…

  29. Ideas & Final Piece Planning Pencil drawing Watercolour painting Ink and mixed media Collagraph Monoprint Fabric sculptures Collage • Which of the artists inspired you the most? • Which of these processes did you enjoy the most? • If you could make an individual final piece based • on this project (the microcosm), what would it be and why? • What materials would you use? • What would the title be?

  30. Ideas Planning Sheet In the space below draw a sketch of how your final piece would look like. • The main artist(s) I have been inspired by for my final piece is/are: • Robert Hooke/Ernst Haeckel • Louise Bourgeois • Jennifer Angus/Damien Hirst/Christopher Marley • I would like to work in the following medium: • Drawing • Watercolour Painting • Ink/mixed media • Printmaking (monoprint/collagraph) • Fabric/textiles • Collage • Other (specify): • The reason for this is: Give your artwork a suitable title and explain why:

  31. Louise Bourgeois • This is a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois. • Describe the artwork (materials, colours etc.).