Splash Mixed Media Animals

Term: 3 Year: 2019


Watercolour, food dye, watercolour pencils

Melbourne Zoo have introduced a marketing campaign to advertise their Splash Mixed Media animals and birds in Term 3, 2019. They required a series of water colour Drip, Dribble and Splash artworks in the art style of animal artist Sarah Taylor. Students were to complete an artist study of Sarah Taylor and collect at least 5 resources to inspire their own artwork.

Drip painting is a form of abstract art in which paint is dripped or poured on to the canvas. This style of action painting was experimented with in the first half of the twentieth century by such artists as Francis PicabiaAndré Masson and Max Ernst, who employed drip painting in his works The Bewildered Planet, and Young Man Intrigued by the Flight of a Non-Euclidean Fly (1942). Ernst used the novel means of painting Lissajous figures by swinging a punctured bucket of paint over a horizontal canvas.

An Artist study is the breakdown of the artistic elements in an artwork to discover how it portrays meaning. Analysing art is an aspect that many students find difficult, practicing it will help you develop your language and skills.

Sarah’s animal paintings are a culmination of her love of all wildlife and her talent for lively, brilliant visual art. Her unique style of ink-blown boldness delicately balanced with neat geometric lines has attracted worldwide recognition, with her art gracing galleries and decorating homes across Europe and beyond.

Year 5
Haileybury, Brighton