Year 7 & 8 explore famous Hispanic artists and produce some excellent work of their own!

Monday 08 June 2020

Year 7 and Year 8 Spanish groups were asked to spend the May half-term studying famous Hispanic artists. Our  MFL staff gave some great suggestions to which students were asked to research their artist of choice; reproduce or create their own version of a famous piece of art and finally, to introduce or present this artist.

They showed excellent I.T skills; creativity in their own re-productions of the artistic pieces chosen; excellent drawing skills in some cases and finally, to research their own independent and somewhat niche artists such as Antonio Ortega. Well done to all our spanish groups!

Please see some examples of some of the excellent work submitted by our Year 7s over May half-term in MFL for the staff bulletin. Particularly those who have included their own re-productions of the artwork they studied:

Frida Kahlo: 

(By Davi Almeida, Year 7)


(By Douglas Greenhill)


(By Kelisiann Simpson - Year 8)


(by Salma Yakubu, Year 7)


Fernando Botero

(By Nathan Welch, Year 7)


Antonio León Ortega

Antonio Ortega was one of the best artists in the 1900’s. The painting I chose was called Jesús de las Tres Caídas (Huelva) en el taller de San Cristobal, in 1945.

Antonio León Ortega was born in Ayamonte, in the county of Huelva, on December 7, 1907.When he was a teenager, he showed a restless passion and an innate ability for sculpture, producing his first self-taught works. When, years later, they were shown to the master Mariano Benlliure, they appeared to be typical of a mature sculptor. He carried on his studies in Madrid from 1927 to 1934.

He attended the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, where he studied sculpture and design teaching under excellent teachers such as Mariano Benlliure, José Capuz, Manuel Benedito and Juan Adsuara, with whom he worked during a stage of his production. In those years he approached Castilian imagery: he studied it in Valladolid, where he found his mentor in Gregorio Fernández.

Since 1938 he worked in his first workshop in San Cristobal Street in Huelva, sharing it with the painter Pedro Gómez. Soon the workshop became not only an informal school of artists, but also an athenaeum of arts and humanities, frequented by all the artists who lived or passed through Huelva such as poets, journalists, doctors and writers. The workshop was known in the artistic world as the “San Cristobal’s Academy”.

In the same years, he studied the Sevillana imagery through the works of the master Martínez Mountañés.
In 1964 he moved to a new workshop in Medico Luís Buendía Street and he worked there until 1985, year in which illness moved him away from all the activities.

(By Rafael Correia, Year 7)


Pablo Picasso

(By Deneshae Gordon, Year 8)


José Clemente Orozco 

(by Armelle Kouassi, Year 8)