Anna Brady - our former Artist in Residence
I have been a secondary school art teacher for 17 years and have spent a lot of time developing students skills in many creative ways. My philosophy is that art should be enjoyable and attainable to everyone. I truly believe that if you can make a mark, you can create art. There is no right and wrong and we can all enjoy it. A lot of what I do is breaking down barriers to make art accessible.
Whilst working at Morgans I wanted to show that all the students (and often staff) could achieve great results. My experience of teaching art as a subject has allowed me to gain an understanding of how differently we inherently as humans approach tasks and see the world.
My time at Morgans allowed all the students in the school the time to focus purely on art for the day I was with each class. It often opened up questions about the world around us on subjects as diverse as the environment to war. Each year group concentrated on a different theme and we focused on developing a core skill with each project we worked on.
I hope that all the students I worked with had a positive experience of 'being creative' and that they continue to see art as a way to express themselves, their feelings and the world around them.
We updated the entrace display board with an Easter scene. We only had a morning together as it was the last day of term. Each child made a flower to add to the scene.
We looked at pottery from around the world and talked about different patterning as well as learning how to make pinch pots (thumb pots)
Year 2- We looked at the work of Henri Rousseau and talked about how he made up his jungle scenes having had no formal art training and having never travelled to a jungle! We used chalk pastels to build up the jungle scene.
Example of finished Peter Thorpe Rocket pieces
More Peter Thorpe rockets
We looked at the work of Peter Thorpe and his brightly creative rocket scenes. We talked about how he developed the series and used mixed media to create our pieces. We focused on abstract backgrounds using paint pouring and clingfilm and the Rockets made using chalk pastels and blending techniques.
We looked at the work of Bridget Rileys "Op art" and students created their own cubes inspired by these. We also looked at Parabolic curve art combining maths and art together.
The Iron Man. The class were reading the book by Ted Hughes so we based our activity on learning how to shade objects from real life first- drawing and shading apples with chalk pastels then each pupil created their own Iron man robot.
Year 1 learnt about primary colours. They made their own colour wheels and created a water coloured picture.