Category Archives: 4th year art projects

Fish Mural

Fish Mural

This is a group project that I did with 4th year students in order to maintain the Green Schools flag. Students created two group clay murals under the theme ‘water-the coral reef’. Each student began making detailed studies of fish concentrating on colour, texture and pattern. These were used to design and create a clay fish that would feature in the mural.
black and white cartoon fish Angel fish outlinecoloured cartoon fish Angel Fish coloured
As there were 30 students in the class, they were split into two groups, each designing a background scene for the clay murals using brainstormed imagery assocaited with the theme. Each student either created a section of background panel with etched designs or a fish learning basic hand building techniques in clay. These were decorated in a mosaic style using recycled materials such as broken bottles, broken plates, drink cans cut up which would melt in the kiln like a glaze.
cartoon fish Angel fish Close up of boy mural2 Close up of boy mural2 in clay
Mural 2 plan Mural 1 plan mural 2 Mural 1

Stencilled Portrait Mural

Stencilled Portrait Mural

It can be difficult enough to think of art projects suitable for transition year students when you have a mixed class some of which have never done art before or they have only done art in 1st year so are out of practice or very weak. I find crafts work well and I always like to come up with group work as its good for students to get to know each other better as they are normally in a mixed class group unlike in their Junior classes so some students may not know each other.

Portrait drawing works really well. I take photos of all students and they manipulated them in Photoshop to break them down into 3 tones- black, grey and white. These are printed A4 size. Using a grid system students draw themselves. Students who have done art before love the challenge of drawing themselves from the photos and students who have not done art or are very weak can trace the photos and still have the ability to produce good work.

These drawings are used to create the stencil, one for each colour printed (black, grey and white). Here are some photos of the process for you to see as well as some examples of finished student portrait prints.

2 kim plan 3 Kim 1 colour prints4 Kim 2 colour prints 5 Kim 3 colour prints

Liadan 3 colour print Liezel 3 colour stencil print Claudia 3 colour stencil Aine Stencil Print