Art and Design KS4: Tools and techniques for making art with recycled materials

Artist Nick Gentry shows some of the old materials that he’s been sent and demonstrates how he uses them in his artwork.

He has been sent various items; like old floppy discs and some x-rays that he will recreate into a portrait.

He explains how he uses x-rays for tonal ranges and transparent layers, as an alternative to traditional canvas and paint.

Nick also reads a letter to demonstrate how people have sent personal things to inspire his work and how, to make a connection, he sends them something in return, such as a piece of his artwork.

Teacher Notes

What could the students remake an artwork from to reuse and transform it? Get the students to investigate other potential mail art ideas for their artwork.

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.

More from Making Art Work: Nick Gentry

Recycled Materials Artist Nick Gentry
Creating a portrait from old floppy discs
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