Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday's Photo

Todays's photograph is by Daphne Wright in Form V. It was shot on a NIKON D60 during early March 2010.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Last Supper

Form IV is working on  a large-scale mural which will depict the famous Da Vinci painting 'The Last Supper' but with a modern twist! The pupils plan to execute the mural in the style of Andy Warhol.

Below are some other examples of how this painting has been reproduced. The possibilities are endless. Perhaps our own dining hall here at SCC would make for a good venue to host a re-enactment for a piece of performance art??

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

English Department's New Book.

The English Department  is calling all SCC artists to submit drawings based on a number of words which may then be chosen to accompany the writings in the Depatment's next book. A reminder of the English Department's first published book, Going Places can be viewed HERE.  The drawings should be completed on A4 or A5 sheets of white paper. The drawings can be line drawings or tonal studies.  Please see Mr. Watts or Ms. Cullen for further details and a for a full list of the descriptive words.

Listed below are a selection of the words.

Mouth sreaming
Christmas Tree
Dog (Collie)

Summer Concert Poster Competition

All artists at SCC are being asked to consider entering what has become the Annual Music Concert Poster Competition.   Posted here is an example of a competition entry for the 2009 Concert. Entries must be handed into to Ms. Malone-Brady by May 7th and all entries must include the information listed below. The theme of the poster is entirely up to you.

* Summer Concert 2010
* St. Columba's College
* Sat. May 22nd
All entries must be on A3 size paper.

The winning poster by Celeste Guinness (OC) for last year's 2009 concert is posted below.

Monday, April 26, 2010


Banksy is perhaps the most famous current graffiti artist. While his real name is still the subject of much debate, Banksy is known throughout the world as a graffiti artist who specializes in satirical political and societal commentary. His art is a combination of stenciling, spray paint and fine brush painting. Known for infiltrating art museums and creating huge displays in prominent places in major cities, Banksy recently came out of anonymity long enough to collaborate with and put on a show in the Bristol Museum of Art. This art show was billed as "Banksy versus Bristol Museum" and has been exceedingly popular in Great Britain.

Here in the SCC Library we are lucky enough to have a copy of his book 'Wall and Piece'.

Included in this book amongst many other series of work is the Graffiti he has made on the Segregation Wall in Palestine. One of these colourful images of hope can be seen below.

The Art of Graffiti

Members of Form II have started a print project using Graffiti as a staring point. Below are some suggestions on how to get started forming your own Graffiti Style.

 Choose a Font
Most graffiti letters are bubble letters or wide letters because these are easier to see from a distance. They are often stylized to look like a font commonly found on the computer, so you can look at fonts for ideas. Ask yourself the following questions:
  • Do you want sharp lines or rounded lines?
  • Slanted or upright letters?
  • Do you like simple, clear cut letters or extra details that act as decorations to the letters?
Choose One Way to Alter the Style
Make the font style your own by changing one element of the style up. Can you slant the letters more? Make them taller or shorter or wider? Do you like to add decorative upturns or zig zags? Look for ways to alter the font so it is still readable but reflects your personal style.
Create Your Own Alphabet
Use markers, pencils and pens to practice developing your own alphabet on a small scale. Experiment until you've got your own flair down.
Make a Stencil of Each Letter
Using your new alphabet as a template, create life size stencils of each letter of the alphabet, exactly as you'd want it on the wall. Use posterboard and cut out each letter shape, leaving the inside of each letter open.
Spray Paint Using the Stencils
Use the stencils to create uniform letters. Spray paint each open stencil thoroughly. Beware of paint dripping behind the stencil!
Outline the Edges
Use a contrasting paint and fine paint brushes to paint clear, crisp outlines around your letters. Touch up any areas paint may have dripped.
Add Stylistic Touches
 Add stylistic decorations, symbols and images to your final product. Make your message your own!