Art and ammunition: recording warfare creatively

Investigating the visual representation of war by looking at war art, photography and film.
• Critically evaluate original footage from conflicts – what is shown and why?
• Use photographs and artwork to describe conditions experienced by soldiers at war.
• Explain why they think works of art are/are not effective
• Contrast official war art with personal sketches and records

Resources involved: Jack Purvis and Herbert Read archive, the work of official war art Paul Nash, diary sketches, sketching for observation and intelligence, regulations over cameras and usage, the first documentaries – controversy and propaganda
• A greater knowledge of how war is represented through art
• An understanding of different types of artistic representation – differences between documentary and commentary
• An appreciation that art may have more than one purpose
• An understanding of how art can raise awareness of social and political issues