Packwood, Prestfelde, Yarlet, Ryleys and Moffats Year 6 and 7 Art students joined Moreton Hall girls for our Annual Prep School Art Day last week. Each year we invent a short project that offers students the experience of walking away with a finished piece of work. This activity includes some element of drawing and concludes with a composition of mixed-media.
Themes over the past few years have included 'Fish' and 'Circus' but this year we ran 'A Greek Day'. The session began with some drawing from observation which was a challenge for some children but with the reformed GCSE Art, dedicating 25% of total grade to drawing, we feel that it is important to develop these skills.
Large Greek sculpture busts from the V&A provided inspiration for the central features of the composition, using charcoals and chalks to create classical forms. The third element was inspired by Mrs. Farrington's unique mixed-media pieces, with the use of collage and tea stain. The children thoroughly enjoyed bringing all elements together on an impressive scale.
Our local supplier, WMS, kindly sponsored the event by providing all the materials and a few goody bags for the art teachers.
Michelle from the Ryleys school commented: "I would just like to thank you for hosting such a fabulous afternoon. Your staff, and students made us feel so welcome, and our students thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon and as did we."
Julia from the Yarlet school said: "Your hospitality was most appreciated and our Art Teacher, Heidi Hamplett, would also like to pass on her grateful thanks to Jane Farrington, who was inspiring in leading the afternoon workshop. Our pupils really enjoyed their time with you and the opportunity to take part in a creative workshop."