This is the blog of the Art Department of St. Columba's College, Dublin 16. Here you will see examples of pupil work, historical references, news items, information on exhibitions visited, & possibly other various items!
Last night the Annual Junior Certificate Art Exhibition was held in the Big Schoolroom after the Chapel Carol Service. It is a popular event and last night was no exception. Posted today is a closer look at some of the individual pieces of work by last year's Junior Certificate pupils. There is evidence here of a broad range of materials being used for the various crafts from batik to clay, wire and clay modelling to casting and plaster carving.
The Art Department is gearing up for the Annual Art Exhibition of last year's Junior Certificate Art Projects. The Exhibition which is held in the Big Schoolroom will begin at approximitely 9pm following the Carol Service in the College Chapel. Posted today is a sneak preview of some of the work on display.
Evidenced in these Form I paintings is the inspiration that pupils drew from the collection of National Geographic Magazines which are part of the Art Department's resources. Some of the pupils used their own personal photos (see the image which depicts two children walking on the beach with their father). The pupils painted on the back of an off-cut of leatherette. The paint took to the reverse of the leatherette very well and the resultant texture (both visual and tactile) of the paintings closely resembles that of a canvas painting. There will be more paintings posted tomorrow.
Every Monday some members of Form II working with Ms. Caroline Lynch (student teacher, Hdip. ADE NCAD). At present they are designing vessels to be constructed out of clay which also take the form of an animal. The main construction technique they will be using is coiling. Posted today are some of their drawings from the design process stage of the project.
'I Will Fear No Evil' are words inscribed within the Chapel walls here at the College. When researching this project, The Form VI Q Set pupils recorded much information from the Chapel but settled on these words for their project. They decided to work individually but with the intention of displaying the clay tiles together. Many of the designs and motifs that appear in the Chapel provided the inspiration for the decoration on the individual tiles. This planning required the pupils to work together when making decisions in order to make sure the final piece looks unified. The tiles are now drying out and will be glaze fired after the initial bisque firing. More detailed images will be posted on Monday.
The Ambassadors (1533) by Hans Holbein the Younger hangs in the National Gallery, London. It is a a double portrait, but the painting also contains a still-life of several objects. It is also an example of anamorphosis in painting.
Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. "Ana - morphosis" comes from the Greek words meaning "formed again."
Form V have been working on still life composition. Included in their compositions is a skull, a symbol of death and mortality. The skull has appeared in many paintings through the History of Art.One such 'vanitas' painting by the Dutch painter Steenwyck can be viewed HERE.
More examples of Form V work will be posted in the coming days.