Articles by: Marna Van Heerden

Cubism our chosen ‘ism’ in Grade 11 Visual Art

Cubism our chosen ‘ism’ in Grade 11 Visual Art

The Grade 11 Visual Art group has been exploring the ‘ism’s’ in Visual Art. Many very interesting techniques explored in the process of each artwork. So what is Art and what is an ‘Ism’? Rene Magritte, Mr Magritte I love your ism, but is it Art? I’ll eat your black bowler hat if that is Art? Salvador Dali, I adore[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 High School, Visual Art
B’ the Change in the ‘New Normal’

B’ the Change in the ‘New Normal’

The Grade 11 Design students are facing a new identity of ‘BEING SOLUTION MINDED’ . The new mindset of  problem solving in our present circumstances is creating a generation of designers who are divergent thinkers. This design minded thinking synthesizes information and knowledge to achieve a solution in order to deal with our volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 Design, High School
The fresh start to a creative Design and Art journey

The fresh start to a creative Design and Art journey

The Grade 10 Art and Design Students plunged into their new creative journey with great enthusiasm. Their first brainstorm sessions marked inspirations from artists and designers world wide and how this impacts on our every day lives. Visual Journals tell the stories of inspiration, ideas and development of works in the making…looking forward to a great and creative 2020!  [Read More…]

by January 24, 2020 Design, High School, Visual Art
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