The Year 8 pupils have created stunning 3D graphics using the Blender Software. Replicating the actual physical pencil holder they had made in DT, they have designed and textured the pencil holders to give a true likeness.
The Year 8 artists were asked to design a product which is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Through a process of accurate drawing techniques combined with a good degree of experimentation, the pupils selected their material, or materials, to create something original with references to other products on the market.
Some pupils chose to work with Modroc, some chose to work with clay, and some decided to repurpose existing items to give those objects a whole new lease of life. The pupils looked at a range of surface textures to embellish their work by using wire, tissue paper, decoupage, paints, pyrography pens and utilising buttons combined with beads.
It was good to see, and hear, that the focus was on using materials responsibly and considerations were made regarding the amount of wastage produced.
The Product Design project gave Year 8 the opportunity to further their imaginative and craft skills in creating a container for pencils and pens, using a variety of materials.
Close attention was given to the Design Process throughout the early stages of the project; from initial ideas and sketches through to more detailed 3D working drawings and models before embarking on the final construction.
According to the form and chosen materials, some worked mainly in the Art department while others took advantage of the facilities of the DT workshop, especially if their designs required the use of resistant materials such as wood and plastics.
Of the wooden designs, some were more traditional in appearance than others. Paula PR and Berta AP were very resourceful in constructing their boxes, having had little prior experience with the tools. Henry P, Clara F and Grace W teamed up to create a pair of plywood boxes with different opening systems and Harris C applied himself with great precision to his sliding top cube box.
Less conventional, but no less successful, was the design by Alvaro, Lucas, Monty G and Arthur P. Inspired by a spinning top made in Carpentry Club, the final product featured a compartmentalised disk around a central axis, using red and transparent acrylic.