Learning Objectives:
  •  Practise the skills learnt in class
  •  Learn some new skills not covered in school
  •  Develop independent working habits
  •  Learn to problem-solve
  •  Learn to take risks
What you will need: 
Sketching paper (or your sketchbook), soft pencils (preferably 2B and 4B), colouring pencilseraser, a pencil sharpener, colouring pencils, a black fine-liner pen, watercolours and brushes.
Your Assignments:
Over the course of the year, you will be asked to complete a series of assignments, which will be added to this page as the year goes on. Keep coming back for updates. All work should be photographed and uploaded to ClassCharts on (or before) the due date.
Assignment 1:

Set:     Friday 15th September (8SJ)             /          Monday 18th September (8DB)
Due:    Friday 29th September (8SJ)             /          Monday 2nd October (8DB)

Produce a pencil drawing of a seahorse. You can choose from one of the images below, which are shown in order of difficulty with the easiest on the left and the most difficult on the right. 

Try to include as much detail and as varied tonal shading as you can for the top marks.
Assignment 2:

Set:     Friday 29th September (8SJ)           /          Monday 2nd October (8DB)
Due:    Friday 13th October (8SJ)               /          Monday 16th October (8DB)

If you have watercolour paints or acrylics at home, produce a copy of one of Vincent Scarpace's paintings (below).
... Or, if you do not have any watercolour or acrylic paints, produce a detailed copy of one of Vincent Scarpace's fish drawings using a black fineliner pen (or a black biro).
Assignment 3:

Set:     Friday 13th October (8SJ)               /          Monday 16th October (8DB)
Due:    Friday 24th November (8SJ)            /          Monday 27th November (8DB)
Produce a digital mosaic on Google Drawings, following the video tutorial below.
Don't have a Google account? Sign up using your school email address here 
(remember to select 'Use my current email address').
Examples of digital mosaics:

Set:     Friday 24th November (8SJ)            /          Monday 27th November (8DB)
Due:    Monday 22nd January (8SJ)            /          Monday 22nd January (8DB)
Click on the button below to find out more about this year's art competition theme:
Set:     Friday 26th January (8SJ)            /          Monday 22nd January (8DB)​​​​​​​
Due:    Friday 1st March (8SJ)                /          Monday 26th February (8DB)
This homework has been inspired by the popular #foodpaintchallenge that is trending on social media. 
Choose one of the food-themed photographs below and paint it in your own style. The idea is that you put your own spin on it - consider changing the colours, experiment with neat or expressive painting techniques and let it end up looking a bit different to the original image. When we see everyone's pieces together we will be able to celebrate how different they all are to one another, not which ones are most like the original photograph.
Ideally you will complete this homework using acrylic paints, but if you don't have any you can use watercolours, or failing that colouring pencils.

See some examples of paintings created by other artists (taken from Instagram):
Set:        Friday 15th March (8SJ)                    /          Monday 11th March (8DB)​​​​​​​
Due:       Monday 19th April (8SJ)                    /          Monday 15th April (8DB)
Produce a fine-liner landscape drawing inspired by Christa Rijneveld. 
Begin with basic outlines in pencil, then add in the lines and dots with a black fine-liner pen. You can make up the landscape from the top of your head, rather than copy one of the images below, many of which are very intricate.
Below are some examples of works by her:
These videos help to illustrate the process:
Here are some tips to help you achieve good landscapes:
  • Keep your lines neat
  • Vary the thickness of your lines
  • Put as many curved lines in as you can and avoid straight lines as much as possible
  • The busier the better, but do allow for quiet space in some areas too.
  • Vary the distances between your lines to create light and dark sections, which will add tone.
  • Don't simplify it too much, particularly the dots in the sky. 
  • It's OK to leave some sections white, e.g. clouds or the light sections of the mountains. 

You don't need to add colour, but if you do please limit it to just 2 or 3 very similar colours, like the artist has done below:
Set:        To be confirmed (8SJ)                    /          To be confirmed (8DB)​​​​​​​
Due:       To be confirmed (8SJ)                    /          To be confirmed (8DB)
Produce a drawing that uses the principles of single-point perspective. Below I have set out an easier version and a more challenging version, depending on your level of understanding of linear perspective. However, you should pick the more challenging option for a chance to achieve a higher grade (7+).
1. Watch this video...
2. Follow these steps to draw your own abstract single-point perspective drawing using the same method shown in the video, but try to use more advanced shapes...
3. Add coloured gradients using colouring pencils, so you end up with a 3D effect, something like one of the images below. 
You could also cut them out and stick them onto some black card to make them 'pop'!
Have a go at drawing a room (or other interior space) using the principles of single-point perspective learnt in class. Below are some completed examples. You are allowed to add shading and this could make your work look more 3D, but you will probably get more marks by adding a lot of detail and more advanced shapes instead.
The video below might be helpful and you can also refer back to the lesson on single-point perspective by clicking here.
Assignment 9:
Set:        To be confirmed (8SJ)                    /          To be confirmed (8DB)​​​​​​​
Due:       To be confirmed (8SJ)                    /          To be confirmed (8DB)
Produce a work of art that promotes world peace. Take inspiration from the images below or any other imagery you find online and in art galleries, but don't just copy them. Put your own spin on it so it is your style and unique to you.
If you are experienced with Procreate on your iPad/tablet you may work digitally, but make sure you set it up with a very high resolution.
Images for inspiration: