Art and Design KS4: Stuart Semple - from idea to art

Stuart Semple uses his sketchbook to jot down ideas that come into his head and link them with this image.

He then creates a map of his ideas and links these together on the computer; finding images to represent them.

As he works on the final piece, he plays his music loudly, using a variety of different brushstrokes and gestures and adding effects in spray paint.

From a series of BBC Teach clips exploring the artwork of six UK-based leading artists.

Teacher Notes

This can be used to illustrate the creative process and moving from an initial idea to the final artwork – how do you begin this journey?

Students can be asked to write a mind map of characters or people they have photographed and create a story around them as a starting point.

They can find a range of images that link to these characters and stories, and put the images together as a collage on the computer.

They can then print the collage and project it onto a canvas or wall so they can trace around it, and apply paint and charcoal effects to add colour and tone.

They can also consider using stencils and spray paint.

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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