Art

27th January 2006 at 00:00
KS

2-3

Using clay, build a skull in sections that can be opened from the top, revealing winding stairs leading to different rooms, each a separate part of the brain, containing weird figures, machinery and furniture.

Alternatively, build a skull from coils and, when leather-hard, apply pressure from flat boards to distort its shape; then light it from the interior for dramatic effect.

KS4

The human skull has been regularly used in art as a symbol of death, as in the distorted skull in "The Ambassadors" by Hans Holbein, or a photograph by Jodie Coston where the skull is juxtaposed with a pile of pills.

Use these works as stimulus for a graphic project designing a poster which contains a symbolic skull as part of the subject matter.

Alternatively, produce surrealistic paintings where ambiguous skulls merge with other imagery as in "Ballerina in the Head of Death" and "Skull of Zurbaran", both by Salvador Dali.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now