Friday, 11 January 2019

5th Year homework - Art history

Friday 11th Jan


2017 - Higher Level 

Q1.) There are many documented Stone Age tombs in Ireland that reveal a wealth of information about the lives of the people who built them. Discuss this statement with reference to two named stone tombs that you have studied. 
In your answer refer to the structure, function and location of each of the examples you have chosen. 
 Briefly describe and discuss the motifs and stone working techniques used to decorate Stone Age tombs. 

Illustrate your answer.

Monday, 7 January 2019

LC 2019 Project themes

Homework- Tonight start to brainstorm ideas & begin your research for ALL THREE themes. Look for primary source objects also. Remember you have to choose a theme to carry through the 12 weeks which is interesting & you are motivated to create work from. You also have to create a STILL LIFE final piece & a POSTER final piece from your chosen theme. You have 12 weeks to complete this project & the deadline is now 5th April. We will discuss all 3 themes & I will assign deadlines for the sketchbook tomorrow. 
Please come to call prepared & bring all your materials & art equipment as well as your brainstorms , rough sketches, artist/designers  influencers, photos or notes tomorrow to class please. 

Monday, 10 December 2018

TY art - winter themed paintings

Monday 10th Dec.

TY Students - below are photos of the work you made in art class today  - feel free to print photos for your portfolio .

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Leaving cert Art history - ESSAYS 2004, 2018, 2017

Wed. 28th Nov.

2004 Q. 1 - Higher Level  (Need from: Cian, Bethany & Chantalle) 

1. The Megalithic tombs in the Boyne Valley are evidence of a well organised society in Ireland at the time they were constructed. Discuss this statement in relation to one tomb in particular, referring in your answer to its structure, decoration and function.
Illustrate your answer.   

2018 Q. 16 - Ordinary Level: (Need from: Cian, Charlie, Tara, Chantalle)

16. Answer (a) and (b). (a)   Name an art gallery, museum or interpretive centre that you have visited.    Describe and discuss how artefacts were displayed using the following headings:  layout  lighting  information for the viewer.   (b)   Suggest a design for a brochure to inform visitors about your chosen gallery, museum or interpretive centre.         Give reasons for your design decisions. Illustrate your answer.

2017 Q. 16  - Higher Level (Need from: Cian, Charlie, Bethany, Chantalle) 

16. Galleries, museums and interpretive centres are designed to display artefacts and often employ many techniques to inform and educate the viewer. Discuss this statement with reference to any named gallery, museum or interpretive centre you have visited. In your answer discuss two named works and refer to the techniques used to inform and educate the viewer about them. and Describe and discuss how you would display the following artefacts in a gallery setting: • a pair of gold earrings • an A4 watercolour painting, framed under glass • a life-size figurative sculpture. Illustrate your answer.

REMINDER: Please add sketches into your essays as they are worth 10marks.

5th year art history notes - For Friday

Please take down the following notes into art history copies for Friday 30th Nov. 

The Bronze Age (2000 BC – 500BC)

The changes that marked the arrival of a new culture in Ireland began in the north and east of the country.  Burials of cremated human remains under the cover of a new type of pottery, often in a stone – lined cist grave, mark the arrival of the beaker people, called after their distinctive pottery.  During the Early Bronze Age, stone age culture survived for some time in the south and west of the country, while Bronze Age society and technology were developing in the north, east and midlands.

The clear differences between bronze age and stone age art suggest that the people who developed metal technology in Ireland were of a different culture to the stone age people.  The Beaker people originated in mainland Europe and probably came in search of copper and gold deposits.  There is certainly evidence of Irish gold and copper being traded into Europe and Britain, which suggests links with the wider European community.

The nature of the decoration on bronze age objects is fundamentally different from stone age design; it is the result of combining basic geometric shapes with the most up to date technology of the time.  Metal was cast, hammered, twisted and cut into shapes to create the range of forms preferred by the bronze age artists.  Forms and designs were created by mechanical means using a compass and straight edge rather than the freehand designs found in stone age art.

Bronze Age structures (architecture)
The design of tombs changed during the bronze age and suggests a new type of culture in Irish society.  In the greater part of the country, the dead were laid to rest in pits. These usually took the form of a small stone – lined box about a metre in length which contained an upturned pot with cremated remains underneath.  In the west of Ireland, wedge tombs, which were related to the court cairns built in the stone age, were still being constructed.  None of these burial sites had the drama of the Stone age monuments. 

Ceremonial sites made of circular earthen banks of standing stones and hilltop forts are now regarded as Bronze Age structures that continued to have been little practiced except for a few examples of rock art found in counties Cork, Kerry and Donegal.  Designs were very simple, mainly little hollow cup marks surrounded by circles, sometimes with radiating lines.  Little remains of bronze age human settlement.  Houses and fences seem to have been made of wood, which would have rotted away over the centuries, though evidence of a widespread population has survived through burial sites and finds of bronze age objects.

Mining for gold and copper was carried out at a number of locations in Ireland during the Bronze Age.  Evidence of Bronze Age metalworking has been found at Mount Gabriel in Co. Cork, the Vale of Avoca in Co. Wicklow and in the Mourne mountains.  It was low technology mining.  Gold was probably found in nuggets or by panning alluvial deposits in rivers.  Copper was mined by roasting ore- bearing rock with fire and cracking it by throwing cold water on it.  The broken stone would then be dug out and the bits with the highest concentration of copper oxides would be selected and smelted over a charcoal fire.  The resulting molten copper was poured into stone moulds and cast into the shapes of axes, knives, sickles of whatever shape was required.  As technology improved, more sophisticated moulds were made and tin (imported from England) was mixed with the copper to make the alloy bronze.  Bronze is harder than copper and can hold a sharp edge for longer.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Leaving Cert - REMINDERS on ESSAYS

Monday 26th Nov.


Essays still due:

2004 Q. 1 -  Need in from Cian, Bethany, (Tara need your grade), Deborah & Chantalle.

2018 Q. 2 - OL - Art Gallery Q.  - Everyone has yet to submit

2017 Q. 16 - Due in today Monday 26th - Need this in by everyone on Wed.

Below is the 2018 Question that was due in last week:

2018- OL

Q. 16. Answer (a) and (b). 
(a)   Name an art gallery, museum or interpretive centre that you have visited.   
 Describe and discuss how artefacts were displayed using the following headings: 
 layout 
 lighting
  information for the viewer.   

(b) Suggest a design for a brochure to inform visitors about your chosen gallery, museum or interpretive centre.        
Give reasons for your design decisions. 

Monday, 19 November 2018

1st Year homework

Monday 19th Nov.

For homework could you please sketch the following into your sketch pad.  You will need to cut out a piece of paper & curl it and then sketch from it.
Do this A4 size (half of your A3 sheet) and stick in the curl of paper also.