Art and Design KS4: What inspires Iranian artist Maryam Hashemi?

Maryam Hashemi boards her barge on the canal and shares how life on the water brought a whole new wave of inspiration.

There are scenes of her boyfriend playing music on the barge interspersed with light effects similar to her richly coloured paintings.

The canal is her source of inspiration and living on the boat brings together two worlds: canal life and city life.

She shows how her ideas emerge from the subconscious and are influenced by classical and Renaissance, religious and Pre-Raphaelite art movements.

From a BBC series Making Art Work which explores the creations of six UK-based leading artists.

Teacher Notes

Students could take photographs of locations they you know well, it might be where they live, their journey to school or somewhere else.

Ask them to find a traditional historical artwork that may have some similarity to their photograph and get them to make a collage of the artworks, combining the two places.

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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