Art and Design KS4: What inspires artist Nick Gentry?

Artist Nick Gentry visits his local café to look for inspiration for new pieces.

He talks about how mundane things can inspire people and explains how he is inspired by Leonardo da Vinci because he wasn’t just an artist, but a scientist too.

Images of anatomical drawings are shown as he describes how Leonardo tried to find out what was going on inside us beneath the surface. Nick jots down ideas in his sketchbook and shows us images of his notes and drawings.

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

This clip could be used to demonstrate how artists record ideas, make notes, annotations and rough drawings in a sketchbook at the start of the creative process. Encourage the students to take inspiration from Nick and find somewhere they could look for ideas.

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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