Pathway: How Can I Use Light & Dark To Create A Sense Of Space? (Inspired By The Coal Mining Drawings Of Henry Moore)
This is an enquiry-based creative learning pathway for learners between the ages of 11-16. Find more enquiry-based pathways here.
Discipline: Drawing, Collage, Set Design
In this pathway, suitable for ages 11 to 14, we explore a series of coal mining drawings made by Henry Moore. Use his work as the basis for conversation in the classroom, and then use the AccessArt resources below to enable a contextual exploration in response to the question: How can I use light and dark to create a sense of space, inspired by the coal mining drawings of Henry Moore?
This pathway has been made in response to the exhibition Drawing in The Dark, a curation of Henry Moore’s coal mining drawings, inspired by the release of a new book written by art historian (and AccessArt Trustee), Chris Owen.
Paper, Charcoal, Cardboard
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Four Studies of Miners at the Coalface, 1942, drawing. (HMF 2000a). Photo Michael Phipps. Reproduced by permission of The Henry Moore Foundation copy
1942 Henry Moore sketching two miners at Wheldale Colliery Henry Moore Foundation archive 7 x 8” black and white print. Photo: Reuben Saidman
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A Brief History of Coal Mining
Watch some videos depicting the day-to-day life of a coal miner at “Drawing source Material: Coal Mining“.
Pause the films on interesting compositions and invite students to draw in sketchbooks. Take inspiration from the “Show Me What You See” resource to guide the session.
Pit Boys at Pit Head 1942 by Henry Moore, Wakefield Permanent Art Collection Image Courtesy of The Hepworth Wakefield LR copy