Year 7 | Moreton Bay Boys' College

Task 1: Go Figure

 Students were asked to create a three-dimensional wire armature sculpture that communicated an aspect of their own identity through completing an action. Following the Inquiry Cycle (Research, Develop, Resolve, Reflect) they had to develop an artwork that both showed their individual identity, while also communicating that they are part of a community by exhibiting the sculptures collaboratively. 

Task 2: What's Good?

Year 7 students researched a unit of inquiry that focused on the Pop Art movement. They explored the iconic stylistic elements of the art movement and applied it to their own interpretation of contemporary popular culture.

Printmaking is the process whereby an inked image is transferred onto a support such as paper, fabric, metal, plastic and other materials. The way an image is produced will influence the character of the finished work. Therefore it is important to understand the basic methods so that the most suitable processes are selected to produce the desired effect. 

The term printmaking is a generic description for a variety of different methods; however, the basic concept is the same---- to create an impression on a surface through contact with an inked block, plate, stone or screen. 

A linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.

Unit 1: Knock Knock

Students demonstrated their hand skills and early CADCAM skills by manufacturing a door sign for their chosen stakeholder(s).

The boys enjoyed their initial step into the world of Design Technology through working with stakeholders to understand their needs, design and plan a door sign, manufacture their sign and evaluate the successfulness of their chosen design. Their focus this time was primarily woodwork, introducing early skills in marking out, shaping, filing, sanding and applying a finish.