Art and Design KS4: Creating a portrait from old floppy discs

We join Nick Gentry in his studio, where he is arranging some of the old floppy discs that he’s been sent into a composition.

The tones of the floppy discs help to create the skin tones and the machine like qualities of his portraits.

He glues the discs onto a board and paints a line drawing of the portrait with black paint then builds up the features.

Once it reaches an almost finished stage, he throws white spirit onto it. This breaks up the paint surface and blends it, which softens the overall appearance.

This clip is from Making Art Work, a BBC 2 Learning Zone compilation of short films following six UK-based leading artists as they create new artwork from scratch.

Teacher Notes

Encourage students to have a go at trying out some of the techniques shown and experimenting with paint effects by combining with other media or painting on different surfaces.

Curriculum Notes

These clips will be relevant for teaching Art and Design at GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.

The topics discussed will support OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.

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