Over the course of the 2017/18 academic year, Arthur terry students across all key stages have had the opportunity to attend a variety of Art enrichment opportunities. These experiences have enabled students to engage with Artists work and they have been exposed to new techniques that help to develop their practical work and critical and contextual skills.
In October 2017, in order gain inspiration and images for their theme ‘Coast’, Year 12 Art students experienced first-hand, the work “Another Place” by Artist Antony Gormley: 100 bronze figures dotted along Crosby Beach, Liverpool. They also had the opportunity to visit Tate Liverpool Art Gallery. Students spent time on the beach engaging with the figures, taking photos, collection items to be used in their projects and generally enjoyed the British Seaside! At Tate Liverpool, students viewed the work of both contemporary and traditional Artists. This trip was repeated again for year 10 students in May 2018.
In November 2017, year 12 students were able to experience the traditional Art and Design discipline of life drawing. These are classes were held for 2 hours over a 6 week period at the local College, BMET. Students were able to explore proportion, measurement, tonal work, anatomy and media experimentation. The course was so successful that we ran the same course for year 13 students in February 2018.
In January 2018 year 12 students were able to take part in specialised print and plaster workshops at Birmingham City University (Margaret Street campus) and then when on to view a contemporary Art exhibition; “Coming Out” at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
In order to inform their written study and gain inspiration for their personal projects Year 12 students were taken into Birmingham in June 2018 to view the Fine Art, Fashion and Architecture and Design degree. A select group of year 9 and 12 students also attended a talk by the internationally recognised Artist Andrew Tift.
Year 8 Art club have been busy this year. Students have enjoyed a variety of activities during the course of the year. These include: mono printing, crochet and textiles jelly fish, 3D cardboard construction, creating decorations for the year 7 Halloween party which included making bunting and pompoms, wax and textiles to explore the suffragette movement and they participated in a workshop from visiting Artist Zoe Aitkin.
On the subject of visiting Artists, the Art department have been lucky to host two visiting Artists this year; Zoe Aitkin and Elizabeth Moreno. Both were level 5 students from BCU, who were able to inspire year 12 students by talking about their current practice and delivered workshops to both year 12 students and year 8 Art club.
Finally, in June 2018, year 12 students were able to display their work in the local “Sutton Art Trail” exhibition, alongside the work of former students.
The Art Department have had a truly exciting year with regard to extra-curricular activities and we look forward to more in the next academic year.