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Gallery – Abstract
Gallery – Ceramics
Gallery – Comics
Gallery – Digital
Gallery – Illustration
Gallery – Landscapes
Gallery – Nature
Gallery – Photography
Gallery – Portraits
Gallery – Sculpture
Gallery – Still Life
Gallery – Videos
This gallery contains a diverse range of works created by our students during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK between March and June 2020, whilst teaching has been taking place remotely.
Physical art created with the materials that young people have found at home has been photographed and sent electronically to teachers, who in turn have submitted it for the gallery. Computer-generated art has also been included. The pieces remind us of how observant, imaginative, thoughtful and good humoured our youngsters are.
Hollie Palmer, Head of Art and Design at King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy, said: “We were looking for a venue for a potential art exhibition for our schools when coronavirus changed everything in our daily lives. The students continued to produce fantastic art at home, often reflecting their experience of the pandemic and lockdown, and we came up with the idea of a virtual exhibition where our family of schools could come together and showcase our creativity despite the difficulties.”
Welcome to the Abstract Art Collection. Abstract means the artwork does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead uses` shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. Artist Wassily Kandinsky quoted: ‘Abstract art is form itself, even if completely abstract … has its own inner sound.’
Welcome to the Ceramics Collection. Ceramic art is made from clay and can take many forms such as pottery, tiles, figurines and other sculpture. Towards the end of the 1940’s, Pablo Picasso created pottery pieces and he believed ‘the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.’
Welcome to the Comics Collection. Comics is a medium used to express narratives through images, usually combined with text. It first came into existence in the 1920’s as newspapers began to publish comic strips. When creating comic book characters, artist Jack Kirby quoted ‘I feel my characters are people, my characters have hope. Hope is the thing that takes us through.’
Welcome to the Digital Collection. Digital artists use technology as part of their creative process. In recent times, some digital art has become interactive, allowing the audience a certain amount of control over the final image. Graphic designer Neville Brody said: ‘Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.’
Welcome to the Illustration Collection. An illustration is a visual explanation of text, a concept or process. It is usually designed for published medias such as posters, flyers, magazines or books. The illustrator Beatrix Potter spoke passionately about her illustrations stating, ‘I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.’
Welcome to the Landscape Collection. Landscapes are a major theme in historical art. Landscape art explores the way we relate to the places we live in or have visited. It also records the impact we have on the land and our environment. Artist Robert S. Duncanson said he wanted to show ‘the true beauty and spirit of nature’ in his works.
Welcome to the Nature Collection. Artwork based on nature encompasses many things from natural forms, to the food we eat, animals and even the anatomy. Famous artist Frida Kahlo often included flowers, fruits and animals in her portrait paintings. She is said to have ‘painted flowers so that they would not die.’
Welcome to the Photography Collection. A photograph can capture a brief moment in time, communicate an opinion or message and express emotion. Artist Cindy Sherman used photography to explore issues with identity and power by dressing up as different characters. She stated a photograph must ‘tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told’.
Welcome to the Portraits Collection. Portraits record the way a person looks. They have also been used to show the power, importance, virtue, beauty, wealth and many other qualities of the sitter. Artist Kehinde Wiley believed a portrait should, ‘have the ability to communicate something about the sitter that gets to his/her essence.’
Welcome to the Sculpture Collection. Sculpture is an artistic form in which hard or plastic materials are worked into three-dimensional art objects through carving, modelling, casting or constructing. Artist Louise Bourgeois believed that when creating a sculpture, you need to ‘tell your own story and you will be interesting’.
Welcome to the Still Life Collection. A still life depicts mostly inanimate subject matter such as natural objects (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, shells, etc.) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewellery, coins, pipes). When painting still life, Roy Lichtenstein stated ‘I’m excited about seeing things and I’m interested in the way other people see things.’
Welcome to the Video Collection. This section has videos to show you 3D pieces of artwork at different angles.