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:     Tuesday 6th September (8KA)             /          Wednesday 7th September (8KM) 
Due:     Tuesday 27th September (8KA)          /          Wednesday 28th September (8KM)

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:     Tuesday 27th September (8KA)      /       Wednesday 28th September (8KM)
Due:    Tuesday 1st November (8KA)         /      Wednesday 2nd November (8KM)

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:     Tuesday 1st November (8KA)         /      Wednesday 2nd November (8KM)
Due:    Tuesday 29th November (8KA)       /      Wednesday 30th November (8KM)
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:     Tuesday 29th November (8KA)       /      Wednesday 30th November (8KM)
Due:    Monday 9th January (8KA)            /      Monday 9th January  (8KM)
Click on the button below to find out more about this year's art competition theme:
Set:        Tuesday 10th January (8KA)          /         Wednesday 11th January (8KM)
Due:       Tuesday 7th February (8KA)          /          Wednesday 8th February (8KM)
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:        Tuesday 7th February (8KA)          /          Wednesday 8th February (8KM)
Due:       Tuesday 14th March (8KA)            /          Wednesday 15th March (8KM)
Create a piece of art on the theme of 'Planet Earth' from recycled materials as you explore how waste materials can be used and consider the importance of sustainability.
  • Your artwork must be mostly made from recycled materials
  • You may use whatever recycled materials you like
If you wish to complete this as part of a group of two or more students then your entry could be selected for the Independent Schools Association's recycled art competition in June. Group pieces will receive a single mark for the whole group, so make sure you are all putting the same amount of effort in!
I will be looking for the most creative interpretations of the 'Planet Earth' theme.
Set:        Tuesday 21st March (8KA)          /         Wednesday 22nd March (8KM)
Due:       Tuesday 25th April (8KA)           /          Wednesday 26th April (8KM)
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 8:
Set:        TBC (8KA)          /         TBC (8KM)
Due:       TBC (8KA)         /          TBC (8KM)
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: