Year 10 students have completed stunning artwork that fuses inspiration from the Day of the Day celebrations with festivals from around the world. They have spent the last ten weeks making delicate skeletons, known as calacas, in the style of Mexican Day of the Dead which they have then dressed in costume to reflect other festivals including the Indian Holi festival, Woodstock, Mardi Gras, rodeos and voodoo rituals.
The detailed models were created as part of the 3D component of the students’ GCSE art course. Teacher Miss Cockroft said: ‘The students initially looked at the work of Niki de Saint Phalle, but that, combined with the study on world festivals that they carried out with Mr Procter, has led to the creation of these intricate and personality-filled models which are embellished with clothing, jewellery and adornments. The students’ attention to detail has been extraordinary and, considering this is the first year that this project has taken place, they have certainly created a very high standard for future art students to aspire to. I am really proud of what they have achieved in such a short space of time.’
Examples in the picture gallery include the Cowboy by Jake Mann, Wonder Woman by Michaela Cuttriss and Hippy by Sophie Scoular. The Hoodie on Bench was by Lauren Adams while Rheneas Chudley sculpted the Cheerleader and Ben Ingram created the Voodoo Wings calacas. The Black-Legged Cowgirl was by Tierney Chalmers, Ida Koczor created the Lady in the Classical Green Gown while the Mandarin Man was Charlie Nunn's creation. The final two featured are the Skeleton in the Pink Crinoline by Sai Stephenson and Voodoo Top Hat model by Rebecca Watkins.