Colour mixing & theory

I’ve been working on practitioner enquiry during the last term at school, which involved teaching pupils colour theory through a worksheet format, then marking the work and allowing them to consolidate any gaps in knowledge. They then moved on to the visual elements and did a summative multiple choice test on colour theory and the visual elements. The main factor that changed was the extent to which pupils were working in cooperative group, regular groups or individually.

My own exploration of colour theory is a bit more in-depth and it’s still looking at basics like hues, tints, tones and shade by looking at the various combinations of mixes available in a broad palette of oil colours. These are 4 out of 10 colour combinations of reds, blues, greens, yellows and purples. For some reason oranges have been consumed within the other colours, which may be down to personal preference on my part.

Oils are a more unfamiliar medium to me, though I am bridging the comfort gap by also working in oils sticks, which feel more like drawing than painting and I’ve used acrylic and gouache quite a lot in the past.

ProCreate & Cinemagraph

Playing in ProCreate & Cinemagraph. Procreate lets you play back your drawings and export that as a video. Cinemagraph lets you create a mask on top of a video, where parts of the video appear as a still photo and other parts the moving elements. I want to experiment with this a bit and use Cinemagraph in a different way to combine media, photographs and timelapse. This is just a quick test to see drawing as a process based thing and to play with the applications. This was all done on the iPad, but there’s a desktop version of Cinemagraph and Persecond for timelapse.

Video sketch 1 in ProCreate

Video sketch 2 in Cinemagraph


I generally use an iPad with the Kindle app to read, or if looking at journals I read on the laptop via Mendeley. I have a S1 registration class at school and we do Reading in Registration. I had to be quite strict with this as otherwise pupils were just messing around and taking, but they know to come in and settle, to get their books out and to quietly read. A handful find it almost almost impossible not to talk to each other at this time of the day, when they are seeing each other again. There are also varying levels of literacy and engagement, so it’s a fine line between encouraging and enabling them, rather than put them off. I know that this helps to increase their vocabulary and has a knock on effect down the line at Higher English level.

I generally read on my phone or iPad and that’s not encouraged at school, mainly because if a pupil is using a phone you don’t know what they are actually looking at. There’s an irony there about self-moderation, digital natives and bloom’s digital taxonomy.

I was reading Wired to Create on the iPad and stopped around half way through, mainly because I could be seen to read it in registration.


I’ve ordered The Handbook of Art Based Research, which is hardcopy book I can read in registration and highlight physically to my heart’s content.


I was also beginning to look at themes to post about and blog about in the New Year, but generally, I need time set aside to be able prioritise process led work and I’m working 5.5 days per week, though I have gaps within those days of 12-13 spare periods or 0.2, which I won’t have next year once fully qualified. Also, the school and council led CPD is dropping down, though there is council led practitioner enquiry, but then that’s something I’m really interested in, especially to link to practical work as I took the Practictioner Enquiry module in my PGDE. It feels like there should be a link between my own work and creative investigation and bridging the gap somewhat between that and what I do in school or the exemplars I create.

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Landscape base layers

These are some base layers and processes I’ve worked on leading into the Autumn. They are very much process based, but I got stuck when considering how to work on top of them. Some I like as a snapshot of process, so I like the idea of taking a photo of a piece of work at any given time and making that a digital format. A bit like using painting or drawing as animation. You would still end up with a final hardcopy end outcome, but with digital proofs or animation of the in-between.




The images ^above on the top right are my 9 year old daughter’s where she’s emulating my work, so she’s learning through what I happen to be modelling.


Process led art

Slow days in school as last few days before Christmas holidays, so planning reading and production.

Looking into using blog more as a digital sketchbook and that relates to Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy and ‘Using blogs as a tool to facilitate students’ reflection’. Considering discrepency between ‘digital natives’ and the slow implementation of digital solutions in education.


Krishnaiyer, S.S., Mushahar, R., Hanani, R. and Ahmad, N., 2012. Using Blogs As A Tool To Facilitate Students’ Reflection. GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies12(3).

Step by step exemplars (that I keep fairly private)

– Sketches in oil pastel, pastel or water based paint

– Final outcomes in oil stick & oil paint

– Sketch the above out to conceptualise it properly

Similar for video & timelapse. Exemplify the process. Pick a location, go for it then use editing phase as process led.

Too many words in planning & not enough practical investigation, but get a balance of both where they benefit each other.

Track & take advantage of the flurries of creative activity or where work & mood is more subdued.

Look at other videos on Vimeo etc from MEd Artist Teacher.

Organise work space at home and in school so it feels more accessible for working in.

Look at process led approaches to the different mediums I want to use:

– Video

– Animation

– Timelapse

– Sketching in pastel & pen

– Painting in oil bar and paint

– Digitally in ProCreate – potentially working on top of timelapse stills or video or importing hardcopy work by photograph or scanning

– Exploring 3D drawing with Occulus Rift – Quill & VR Sculpt