By Olivia and Darcey 6MW
Colour. Lines. Confidence. Texture. Vibrance. Creativity.
This term, year six has been studying the beautiful and bold artwork of Mr .R. Dunlavey. We have gained so much skill and understanding of what it means to be a “risk taker” and be bold with our artworks. This entire unit was supposed to take us out of our comfort zone, and required us to have an open mindset towards making mistakes in our drawings, and accepting them!
This was a challenge for almost every girl, as almost every unit we do in art is based around sketching and trying to represent the real image with rubbers and perfection. Many girls actually described this experience as “freeing” and “calming”, as they weren’t to worry about making mistakes, but embrace them instead. All of year six found this a very interesting experience, and in the end, had a very positive result.
Our wonderful art teacher, Mrs B, actually wrote to Mr Dunlavey via email, asking him about what he materials he uses to create and bring his artworks to life. We were fortunate enough to receive a kind reply from Mr Dunlavey, saying that he uses mixed media, some of which include:
One of the primary aspects of our artworks was to incorporate “mixed media” to embrace the texture, colour, and contrast of our lines, patterns, and backgrounds. Our project was to look inside ourselves, and to use keywords that describe us, in hope that they would shine through our cities. Some of these words that we used to describe ourselves were: bohemian, gentle, bubbly, young, cheerful, mysterious, friendly, bold, colourful, creative, etc. We wanted to use the mixed media to make our city look as unique and individual as possible.
Our artworks turned out to be really beautiful and fascinating to see the individual traits shining through the buildings and landscapes. Overall, this was a really fun and refreshing experience to not have to sketch, but to have some confidence in ourselves. Many girls had to search for self control to leave their rubbers and sketching habits behind, and look for confidence within themselves.
After we had completed our artworks, we had many questions for Mr Dunlavey… Our art teacher suggested that she might be able to get in contact with the admired artist. Some of these questions included…
Where do you get your inspiration from?
- Are there any artists that you don’t like?
- Where did your passion for art come from?
Mr Dunlavey was generous enough to agree to skyping us to answer our questions! We were overjoyed with excitement, and couldn’t wait to hear more about this inspiring artist. By the time our skype chat was about to take place, we were all nervous, curious, and buzzing with excitement. We couldn’t wait to chat with Mr Dunlavey!
In our skype call, we met the esteemed illustrator, and discussed our artworks during this special time with him. He gave us valuable advice and information about the mixed media he used, praising our artworks and answered our questions. He encouraged us to draw boldly, having a courageous and creative hand. We took this advice for future artworks and knowledge. It was greatly appreciated.
A few weeks after skyping, Mr Dunlavey kindly sent us a package in the mail, all the way from America with some free goodies for each girl, and our Junior School Library.
We were all delighted and so grateful to Mr D for supplying us with these beautiful gifts. We would like to say on behalf of year six, that we are so grateful, Mr Dunlavey for your gifts, emails and skype calls. We have never had the chance to do so before in art, and it meant so much to us, and it is something that we will remember in years to come.
You can view our beautiful artworks on display outside Year6.