Art and Design KS3: A career in illustration and woodwork

Artist Ruairi Fallon McGuigan uses illustration and wood cutting tools to create life-size figures.

He discusses his process and why he loves his career as an artist.

Ruairi has recently received a commission to create the work for a new museum exhibition.

He demonstrates using wood cutting tools and chisels to carve out figures’ faces.

He talks about what inspired him to become an artist and his experiences of art at school.

Teacher Notes

This clip is excellent at explaining the process of developing a realised work, starting with sketches and building to an ambitious large woodcut and printed piece.

The clip could be used to inspire a similar approach from the pupils.

They could work on quick sketches of one another, or as a homework task, and then refine these drawings into a design to be turned into a relief print.

Using polyblock tiles the pupils could transfer their designs onto the tiles to create a printing block and then use printing ink to create stylised portraits.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Art and Design at KS3 in England and Northern Ireland, KS3 and GCSE in Wales and 2nd, 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.