Visual Diaries in the Art Room


What is a Visual Diary?

A visual diary is a special book that artist use to visually record ideas, inspirations and planning. A visual diary is usually set up in a way that is creative, informative and may be presented as a piece of art work in itself. Most artists keep a visual diary of projects they are working on as well as have one for any inspirations that may pop up.

Here are some photos of visual diaries from famous artists you may know.


Visual Diaries at MPPS.

This year we have begun to use visual diaries in the art room. Students have been working on putting together a visual collection of their learning. It is a place to store our ideas and plans. Students have been completing some homework on the colour wheel and the art elements and principles. Most of our art learning is based around these elements and principle as they are the building blocks for artists. They help us to think about different ways to create artworks as well as ways to compose works of art.

In year 5/6 this term, we are focusing our learning on Colour as an element with specific focus on monochromatic colours. Monochromatic colors are all the colors (tints, tones, and shades) of a single hue. We will be experimenting with making tints and shades in our visual diaries. 

The year 3/4 Students are also focusing on colour but they are looking at Complementary colours. They will be putting together a patchwork portrait with paper using a range of these colours.

In previous posts I have recorded some of the front covers that students have been working on.