Tuesday, 16 January 2018

1st Year homework for Wed.

Tuesday 16th Jan.

Could you please finish the three colour grid studies that you started in class today for homework.  I will check these in Wed's class.  We will be painting in Wed's class so if you have your own set of brushes or paints feel free to bring them in.

Please take your time with this exercise & do not rush.  You want to BLEND the colours together to ensure they mix.

Monday, 8 January 2018

2nd Year - NEW 3D project.

Monday 8th Dec.

Today we started our NEW 3D piece project.

We will start with the 3D prep sheet which is due in on 25th Jan.  This should include 7-8 drawings and designs including colour studies, samples of materials, fabrics etc to show what you are planning on making for your 3D final piece.

After the 3D prep sheet is submitted you will start making the final piece.  It is your own decision as to what materials you want to make your final piece from, whether it be clay, wire, cardboard, fabrics, or a combination of a few together.  You will have 3 weeks to complete your 3D final piece.

Both the prep sheet and final piece will be given a grade which be part of your final Easter grade and report.

Please bring in your art pad & equipment for the next art class if you forgot it today.

Themes: (choose one)

  1. Wildlife
  2. Connected
  3. Music

Leaving Cert. Course work 2018 - Examination

Monday 8th Jan.

Coursework 2018:

Instructions Introductions:

1. Select one of the themes below and base your coursework on this theme:

A.   Connected
B.   Nostalgia
C.   Symphony.

2. You may consider using the support material suggested under each of the themes below. This support material indicates possible areas of investigation within the theme that you might find interesting. However, these are suggestions only and there are many other equally valid approaches that you could take.

3. Choose your own approach and produce your own work in response to your chosen theme.

You must follow the prescribed structure of the Coursework Workbook: 

1. The Initial Research Sheet ‐ research for all of your coursework.
 • Research and investigate your chosen theme, this investigation will show you possibilities     and routes that you might take with your coursework.

2. Development Sheets 1 & 2 for Section A and Section B.
 •From your research and investigation, develop ideas using your chosen primary source(s).
• Expand and test these ideas using a variety of means: visual, annotated, mixed media, photographic etc.
 • When you are satisfied that your investigation and development has led to feasible proposals for Sections A and B, sketch your proposals on the relevant Development  
Sheet 2 (A or B) and proceed to make both of your realised works.

• You must use primary source material based on your chosen theme.
• You should work directly on to your Coursework Workbook using both sides of your research and development sheets. 
 • You should discuss your ideas with your Art teacher as your coursework progresses. However, all work submitted should be your own unaided work.
 • Select coursework that can be completed within the supervised time allowed, using the materials and equipment available in the school.
 • Investigation and development can include recording material from source/s such as objects, people and landscapes. Conceptual sources which are based on ideas and imagination are also allowed. You may also use a combination of sources. Irrespective of the sources that you investigate, you must use the material that you generate from this investigation to develop your own original work.

For tomorrow's double art class: Please bring in some objects, research, ideas, brainstorms, inspirational artists work etc so we can get started & discuss your chosen themes.  I will hopefully have the exam papers & workbooks for tomorrow to give out to you.

Friday 23rd March. (the Friday before Easter Break)

Monday, 11 December 2017

Leaving Cert Art History NOTES on Romanesque

Monday 11th Dec.

Please take down the following on ROMANESQUE into your notes copies...

Romanesque Art & Architecture……

Because of the dominant role of the Church, most Romanesque art is religious.  Architecture was the main focus of the period and the 11th and 12th centuries saw a frenzy of church building activity.  Many examples of Romanesque architecture can be seen today around Europe, but some of the finest are detailed below.

Cluny Abbey
· Cluny Abbey in east central France is of paramount importance to Romanesque Art.  By the end of the 11th century Cluny had become extremely influential and powerful and was famous far and wide for its splendor and great wealth.
· The Cluniac order placed great emphasis on elaborate religious services.  Singing and music were essential parts of its liturgy and the vaulting system was designed to enhance sound. 
· It also had an extremely high regard for art, particularly architectural sculpture, using it both as ornament and as a means of spreading the message of Christianity.
· Accounts describe not only the splendor of its beautiful carved capitals but also its arches, windows and cornices, which were surrounded by sculptured ornament.
·  In addition, there would certainly have been murals, carpets, huge chandeliers, figures of saints, golden liturgical vestments and gleaming ornaments set with precious stones.
· In terms of splendor, no castle or palace of the period would have compared with this abbey in any way because rulers had to invest most of their money in soldiers and military equipment and also because the church forbade the faithful to accumulate wealth or display it ostentatiously.

The demolition of Cluny
The church and its surrounding monastic buildings were destroyed, so the only remaining part of the abbey church is the majestic clocher de L’Eau – Benite (Holy Water Belfry)

Churches in the pilgrimage route
The style of building first explored at Cluny soon became common throughout France, Spain, Italy and England.
The churches built along each of the four main pilgrimage routes in France were remarkably similar in design.

Characteristics of a typical Romanesque Church:
· Blocky in shape – they had a solid geometric appearance.
· Rounded arches – Roman arches were used extensively for doors, windows, on the towers and even ornamental arcades on walls.
· Stone roofs – The Romanesque building boom went hand in hand with a number of technological innovations, but the supreme achievement was the development of the stone vault, which not only insulated against fire but also greatly improved acoustics (sound quality)
· Massive walls – A huge amount of stone was needed to construct high stone roofs, and in order to carry this weight, walls and pillars  had to be strong and thick.
· Interiors – They had a dark and solemn aspect because there were few window openings (which would have weakened the walls)
· Roman basilica – Early Christian churches were based on the roman basilica rather than roman temple.  The basilica served a general community purpose in Roman towns and this model was chosen over the round Roman temples, which had a pagan association.  Romanesque builders continued using this model.
· Cruciform in shape – Romanesque churches were designed to cater for large crowds of pilgrims.  Crosswire transepts broke up the long nave and pilgrims could walk about the entire church without interrupting the monastic liturgy.  An ambulatory of walkway around the back of the altar facilitated viewing the relics.
· Radiating chapels – A ring of smaller chapels called radiating chapels extended from the ambulatory and each one of these contained a minor relic.
· Lighting – A tower or cupula (dome) on the roof over the central crossing of the transept and nave lit up this central area and had the effect of drawing pilgrims towards the altar and choir.
· Cut stone – Many churches were built with ashlar masonry that is, even, regularly cut blocks of stone, suitable for monumental architecture.

Stone vaulting was absolutely necessary in Romanesque churches because fire was a constant problem and there had been many catastrophes.  Romanesque masons were able to vault the entire width of the church using the Roman model, but the exact technical knowledge developed by the Romans had been lost.  As problems developed, architects could only solve them by experimentation.
· Barrel vaulting – was the first method tried, but the heavy stones pressed out as well as down, causing the semi circular arches to flatten, the walls to push outwards and the roof to collapse.  This problem is known as outward thrust.
· Broken barrel vaulting was an improvement as it used pointed transverse arches, but the problem of outward thrust remained, although it look longer to develop.
· Groin vaulting – was a further experiment in finding a solution.  This consisted of two barrel vaults intersecting at right angles.  For a while it seems as if this approach provided a solution, but the problem of outward thrust continued to plague builders for a century after.

Friday, 8 December 2017

2nd Year work Homework

Friday 8th Dec.

Please choose ONE for the following themes to base your project on:


Your project deadline is Thursday 21st Dec.  This is a two week project which will be graded.

Project Brief:
Design and create a POSTER (A3 sized) based on your chosen theme. Your poster must include a title - which you will choose yourself (it dosnt have to be the theme above but should link to it)

Thursday, 7 December 2017

1st Year homework - Colour in Drawing

Thurs 7th Dec.

Please complete the following exercise focused on the next element of Art - COLOUR!  I want you to draw this tomato below but do it in the size of a real life tomato.

This is due to be handed in on Tuesday. 

Take your time with it, sketch the shape out in 2B pencil, observing the curves and shape then when you are happy with the shape choose the correct colouring pencils to colour it in.  Use your light & dark colouring pencils for shading.

You will need: a red colouring pencil, a darker red, a yellow and a green colouring pencil.

2nd Year homework

Thurs 7th Dec.

Please complete the following step by step guide drawing
of the mouth into your art pad for Friday morning (Friday 8th Dec) using your correct drawing pencils to shade it in.

Reminder: Everyone should have their art pad to class tomorrow!