Year 8 | Moreton Bay Boys' College

Task 1: Altered Reality

Following the Art and Design cycle of inquiry, the students were to develop and create an altered self-portrait using the notion of ‘Fragmenting’ as a means of communicating aspects of self, or elements of their own characteristics to the viewing public. 

Contemporary depictions and interpretations of portraits and identity have resulted in the viewer being detached from the contemporary art practices. The students works were designed to re-establish connections with the viewer by creating 2 dimensional mixed media collage works on paper that demonstrate altered realities or portraits that clearly explore issues of identity.

Task 2: Little Green Monsters

During this unit, students created a clay monster planter that demonstrated their understanding of ceramics and artwork associated with the medium. They showed that an artwork can be both aesthetically appealing and functional, while also having a clear design purpose.

The boys researched and developed their ceramic skills to complete the task according to the design brief, with the challenge being to create a functional pot that looked like a monster.

Task 3: Defiance Art

Following the Design Process (of Research, Develop, Resolve and Reflect) students were instructed to create a poster using stencilling techniques that protests a personal social or political issue. 

The student’s goal was to demonstrate that stencil art allows for the communication of ideas that concern world-interconnectedness. Their challenge involved visually articulating the concept of ‘Parody’ in order to communicate and express a global issue of concern to the viewer.

Unit 1: And the Winner is... 

Students developed their understanding of the advantages of using CADCAM

For the first time, this unit is based heavily on using CADCAM to develop design solutions. The students start to realise the advantages that designing products using CAD software and manufacturing using CAM brings to the process. The students had the option of 3D printing and/or laser cutting to manufacture their solutions alongside some more traditional wood working methods with the wooden trophy base. As always, they are designing for stakeholders, so need to fully design and develop a solution based on stakeholders needs and requirements for a competition of their choice.