Articles by: Marna Van Heerden

Another ‘last time’ for grade 12 design

Another ‘last time’ for grade 12 design

The matric design students have now embarked on another ‘last time’ significant design practical as they log their final for their 24 hour IEB exam practical. Each student has to complete a series of final products for their practical IEB design exam under the theme of ‘De-Othering’. This includes a variety of design solutions to ‘de-other’ in our society.

by September 8, 2019 Design, High School
Studying the human form through Gesture Drawings

Studying the human form through Gesture Drawings

The Grade 10 Visual Arts group is studying the human anatomy and capturing movement of the human form through gesture drawings. Gesture drawings enable students to learn how the body moves and is connected. The set-up time for gesture drawing is minimal. All you need is a pencil and a sketchbook. And the poses can be as short as 1[Read More…]

by April 25, 2019 High School, Visual Art
Painting like the impressionists

Painting like the impressionists

Grade 10 Visual Arts are embracing the impressionist style with ‘plein air’ paintings. Light and photography played a significant role in the creation of impressionist paintings . Grade 10’s ink observational drawings of trees shows interesting techniques and expression.

by February 21, 2019 High School, Visual Art
Embracing our first introduction to Design and Art

Embracing our first introduction to Design and Art

Grade 10 Art and Design students have plunged wholeheartedly into all that the creative possibilities that their new subject choices can possibly offer. Visual Arts created sculptures as a dedication to the artwork and sculptures of the Artist Paul du Toit. Design students explored the possibilities of foreground and back ground perspectives as they learn more about the elements of[Read More…]

Grade 10 Visual Art – All about ‘The Still Life’

Grade 10 Visual Art – All about ‘The Still Life’

Grade 10 Visual Art Students are exploring the ‘Still life’ as a genre during the fourth term. With a wide variety of objects, different types of still life’s were created by the students. The main focus area is on ‘composition’ and considering the different elements of art. The project requires students to determine their chosen ‘type’ of Still life, do[Read More…]

by November 2, 2018 High School, Visual Art
New term projects, new learning opportunities in Visual Art

New term projects, new learning opportunities in Visual Art

The Grade 11 Visual Art new term Project ‘JUXTAPOSE’ inspired loads of thinking, exploring and research. We are looking at Photomontage as a new technique to discover artiststic expression in an interesting and ‘tongue-in-cheek’ method by combining contrasting and random images and photographs. Photomontage is often used as a means of expressing political dissent. It was first used as a[Read More…]

by August 8, 2018 High School, Visual Art
In the SPOTLIGHT with Gr 11 Design

In the SPOTLIGHT with Gr 11 Design

The grade 11 Design group had to show their ‘teaching skills’ by presenting as a group, the different Modern Design Movements and the characteristics of each movement. All had great fun as concepts were grasped in a fun and playful way with props and Powerpoint Presentations. The winning group, who covered the most facts and presented their ‘design movement’ with[Read More…]

by May 24, 2018 Design, High School
End of Term 1 for Design

End of Term 1 for Design

Grade 11 Design students produced some very interesting ergonomic product design ideas.  A Package design accompanied each prototype.  A great start to the year grade 11!

by April 12, 2018 Design, High School
Grade 12 Visual Art

Grade 12 Visual Art

End of term means submission times and deadlines for practical work for Visual Art and Design. Grade 12 Visual Art Students final submissions for  theme ‘Construct/Deconstruct represented some interesting concepts. This body of work consists of a Drawing as well as an Artwork . The Grade 12 Visual Art students will receive their IEB Topic at the end of the[Read More…]

by March 20, 2018 High School, Visual Art
Colour and Design

Colour and Design

The grade 10 design class is designing chocolate wrappers to entice all the senses. The brief:  to design an organic chocolate wrapper. I encouraged the students to use organic patterns and mixed colours that complements this brief that shows a radial composition.

by February 23, 2018 Design, High School