Sensational Ceramic Workshop
On the 2nd October the Art department was a hive of activity as Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students attended a Ceramic workshop led by the teachers at Clacton Coastal Academy. Although, the theme was ‘Expressive Heads’ with most students learning how to used basic ceramic techniques to create their master pieces, some students used the clay to further their own portfolios and projects. The Year 13 ladies were particularly ‘expressive’ with the brief and used sticks and rolling pins to model with, then adding refinements at a later date.
Year 9 Art Trip to Colchester
On October 17th, 25 Year 9 students took part in an exciting Art trip to the Minories and First site Galleries in Colchester. The students were excellent, extremely polite, keen, and enthusiastic about the whole day and all the Art that they saw. They asked impressive questions to staff to learn more about the exhibitions and workshops. Staff at the galleries asked ‘What school are you from?’ and commented on how ‘lovely, polite and well-mannered your students are’. The first exhibition titled ‘Xerography’ was about the photocopier and how much it has played a significant role in contemporary Art. Students produced ideas for their own experimental workshop with a photocopier and filled their sketchbooks full of detailed drawings and observations on the exhibition.
The second exhibition showed work by graphic designer Romek Marber. His work is iconic for the recognisable book cover designs he did for Penguin publishing house in the 1960’s. After looking round the exhibition students commented on how ‘bold’ and ‘striking’ the work was. They then went on to produce their own book cover designs. They did fantastically and staff again were very impressed with the work created.
The work will be on display in the Art department so please have a look out for them! Romek Marber, now in his 80’s, also happened to drop in on the day and liked Luke Grints work so much that he wrote him a message and signed it!
Fire Training Success for Young Student
Krystal Quinn has been awarded the Fire Chief Officers attainment certificate for successfully completing a 5 day course involving building key communication and work base skills.
The course involved Krystal leaning about code of conduct, arson awareness and community safety as well as important life saving skills with first aid, handling a casualty in an emergency and resuscitation.
Krystal worked hard on developing her team building skills and motivational skills, pushing herself through her fear of heights by climbing ladders, and towers as well as going into dark spaces with a gas mask on. Krystal was part of a group of teenagers selected from Essex to help promote a safer place.