Visual Art

Construct and Deconstruct with Grade 12 Visual Art

Construct and Deconstruct with Grade 12 Visual Art

Pablo Picasso once said: ‘Every act of Creation is first an Act of Destruction’. To make, we must first destroy.  Lapis Lazuli, is a pigment from previous centuries similar to contemporary French Ultramarine. This was made from first crushed semi-precious stones. For the artist to fully grasp creativity, he or she must also grasp destruction. To break something means to[Read More…]

by June 1, 2017 High School, Visual Art
Visual Arts students creating MEMORIES!

Visual Arts students creating MEMORIES!

   The Grade 11 students are paying tribute to ‘a life’ or ‘a moment in time’ with their Memory Boxes based on the inspirational work of Joseph Cornel’s ‘Juxtapositions’, and Judith Mason’s ‘Toy in Praise of Privacy’. It is inspirational to see how each student’s art work is a combination of ‘slices of memories’ represented by a collection of different[Read More…]

by March 15, 2017 High School, Visual Art
Back to the Future for Grade 8!

Back to the Future for Grade 8!

This week the Grade 8’s took the opportunity to teleport their minds through time. In class we have been learning all about the futuristic movement and Italian artist Umberto Boccioni. As a class we had thorough discussions as we delved into what the world will look like in 50 years’ time, taking into consideration the rapid speed of technology, violence[Read More…]

by March 2, 2017 High School, Visual Art
STREET CRED in Grade 9!

STREET CRED in Grade 9!

The Grade 9 Arts and Culture students have been actively engaged in creating their own graffiti tags to welcome the newest members to Silvermine. They researched famous South African graffiti artists to help ignite the flame of creativity. Once equipped with this knowledge, the Grade 9’s worked individually to create their own design. On completion, in groups, they voted for their favourite[Read More…]

by February 9, 2017 High School, Visual Art
Creativity Ignites

Creativity Ignites

Creativity is the force that turns the Mundane into the Brilliant! Creativity is everywhere, whether you know where to look or not.    Photograph by Nicholas Pilsbury                        The inspiration is around you “All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions.” – Leonardo da Vinci. This is one of[Read More…]

by January 29, 2017 Visual Art
Amazing Talent in Art and Design

Amazing Talent in Art and Design

And before we knew it, this year has almost run out of time. We have finished the last days of teaching and the start of the final exams. In the Art and Design classes, students have been finishing off term projects and are preparing to tackle their theory papers. Looking at the spectacular work so far, I cannot wait to see the finished projects[Read More…]

by November 17, 2016 Visual Art
SMA Past Pupil Success

SMA Past Pupil Success

On Thursday, 10 November, I was invited to attend the final exam exhibition of Liam Volschenk at Vega School in Cape Town. Liam finished Grade 12 in 2014 and has studied photography.    What a privilege to see this successful exhibition by one of our very own Art and Design students. Well done, Liam.  You have made us proud.    

by November 15, 2016 Design, Visual Art
Teega Michl - Design

Successful Matric Art Exhibition

Matric 2016 has come and gone… As always, the Visual Art and Design students finished off the year with their examination exhibition that culminates everything they have worked for throughout their high school creative career. This exhibition was moderated and marked by several external moderators and examiners from the IEB. And as always, the examiners were pleased with what they saw[Read More…]

by October 19, 2016 Design, Visual Art
Messing Around in Art

Messing Around in Art

The Art Class became really messy this past week as the Grade 10 artists were introduced to printmaking. After a series of drawings… We started with collograph printing… We then moved on to monotype printing… … and are currently experimenting with drypoint etching. After all this work, unfortunately, there is always lots of cleaning to be done. Luckily the Grade[Read More…]

by September 15, 2016 Visual Art
Self Portraits with a Twist

Self Portraits with a Twist

Our Grade 10 Visual Art students have just finished their first big project. The theme – Self-Portrait.  After doing a lot of technical work and practising different drawing and painting techniques, they each created a painting representing themselves. Amazing, innovative and creative work, Grade 10s!! Dillon Grant: Alec Scott: Alexandra van der Horst: Kirsten Howell: Chelsea Benzien: Shayla Watson: Paige de[Read More…]

by August 16, 2016 Visual Art