The Portrayal of Women in Art & the Media

‘The Portrayal of Women in Art & the Media’

This outstanding unit of work was completed by Eleanor.  It started with the artist Adele Carney visiting the school and working with Year 10 for a full day.  The pupils were really inspired by her work which broached controversial issues such as anorexia, body image and obsessive exercising.

Eleanor started in her sketchbook by looking at a range of artists who have dealt with this issue.

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Next she created two sketchbook pages which showed Carney’s sketchbook work and a ‘final piece’ which was a embroidered body bag.  Eleanor wrote about her experience of the day.

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Next Eleanor experimented with different media using an image of an anorexic woman that she had found on the internet.  I like they way she stuck in the pieces of paper where she tested her colours which shows great experimenting.

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Eleanor experimented with stitching into work which reflected Carney’s work.  She used a fine cotton which created tiny detailed stitching.

The following images show different images that Eleanor stitched into.  Click on any of these images to see them larger.

After a few weeks of working on individual work Eleanor and her peers arrived at a lesson and were asked to complete some very quick sketches of images that were flashed up on a screen.  The images were shown for between 30 seconds and 3 minutes.   They were of anorexic women, skeletons and Carneys work.  Pupils were asked to look at the screen only and not their work which encourage fluid lines and mark making – very tricky!  All pupils chose the best images to put in their sketchbook.  These were Eleanors.

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Pupils were then shown a Powerpoint of artists who dealt with body issues in some way and were asked to choose one to help develop their work.  Eleanor chose Jenny Saville and went on to create the following research pages.

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She then went on to create the following artists’ analysis.

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Developing her work further Eleanor tried working in Savilles style on a sporting image.  Bolton School (Girls' Division) Art Eleanor s

Combining one of Carney’s images with Savilles style was a great idea.

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Photographing herself from Saville inspired perspectives Eleanor made her project personal.

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Painting in Savilles style Eleanor used her photos for inspiration.

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(A detail)

Taking influence from Carneys work Eleanor experimented with different ways of working with text and painting into text.

Working with new photos Eleanor created ideas for a ‘Final Piece’.

Eleanor looked how she could combine stitch with her painted work.

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Reflecting on her day with Carney, Eleanor was inspired by how Carney had used barbie dolls as a negative roll model for children and women in her work.  Eleanor chose to paint on Barbie Dolls and came up with these ideas in her sketchbook.

Eleanor painted on real barbie dolls in very macabre ways and to great effect.  Please click on an image to see it in greater detail.

The barbie dolls were displayed hanging in front of the mirror piece in her exhibition.  This was very difficult to photograph!

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All in all an exceptional project.

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One thought on “The Portrayal of Women in Art & the Media

  1. Terrific set of work, you can see a real development in the ideas here and strong visual outcomes too.

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