Upper sixth A-level Art students produced the final pieces for their personal investigation coursework while at home during the most recent national lockdown.
In spite of the challenge presented by limited resources, materials and space – many students adjusting the scale of their work to fit on the dining room table – the results are outstanding.
Art and Design Technician Ms Abigail Mooney said, “These students have shown amazing resilience and flexibility in adapting their creative practices to suit the materials they had at home. For some, this challenge became an opportunity to capture a moment in time, with many students turning to self-portraiture, while others addressed political, social and cultural topics.”
Pictured above is the work of Lauren Holt. Produced at home during national lockdown, Lauren’s self-portrait combines traditional painting techniques with graphic line work to capture a sense of the everyday, and the emotions and habits induced by the pandemic.
Please scroll down to see more examples of our students’ exceptional artwork.
Alyanna Maac: taking inspiration from the confinement of lockdown, Alyanna merges hand-drawn monoprints with sensitive, digital illustrations to tell a story of the struggles of isolation. Alyanna used her mobile phone to produce her digital drawings while studying at home during lockdown.
Emily Atha: Emily’s work pays a humorous homage to the craftivism and pop-culture that brought purpose and enjoyment to our lives during lockdown. Whether it be not shaving for weeks on end, watching back to back reality TV, or making DIY signs to raise neighbourhood spirits, Emily uses playful textiles to capture the memories of lockdown.
Hannah Berry: the pandemic has brought many issues forward for debate, but one topic that particularly resonated with Hannah was the ongoing poverty and homelessness in our communities. Through acrylic paint and spray stencilling, Hannah uses her art to ask the bigger questions.
Megan Speight: Megan uses traditional painting techniques combined with illustrative embroidery to celebrate the simple pleasures enjoyed by many families during lockdown.
Jake Banks: using a fish-eye lens perspective, Jake poignantly captures the essence of entrapment felt by all during the pandemic, and the face of the pandemic itself – the mask.
Thomas Kehoe: whilst lockdown took away many of our freedoms, one thing it gave us was the chance to reconnect with nature. Thomas uses delicate painting to capture precious time spent in nature with family.