The Art and Design Technology departments have staged a joint exhibition showcasing the final pieces that our GCSE and A Level students have produced. The show, housed in the Weston Theatre, comprised hundreds of artefacts that were creatively displayed with the accompanying design briefs and art sketchbooks as supporting evidence.
The evening show was visited by hundreds, including parents, governors and staff, and the following day our students were invited to visit to see the range and quality of the work, which will give them inspiration when it comes to producing their own final coursework.
Art teacher Mr Procter said: ‘Art and DT are two areas that really complement each other. Although we had a combined show last year we were in different departments so this year we shared the same venue and it worked really well. We made the layout accommodate as much work as possible. Miss Stringer was very keen to incorporate sketchbooks as evidence of how the artists developed their ideas. Most produced one, but Carly Newman and Rebecca Watkins deserve a special mention as they produced two sketchbooks each which is phenomenal workload and they are both planning to study art at university. This was probably the best Year 13 group that I have ever taught. They worked so hard together and the healthy competition between them meant that many students have really excelled this year.’
Mr Browne, Head of Design Technology said: ‘The show was a great opportunity to show the whole breadth of the disciplines involved. From food to fine art, textiles, product design and 3D design and this year it also had depth as well. Students gave feedback on their favourite exhibits. All of the Year 8s really loved a chessboard and some of the older groups really liked the model of the building and others loved the copper light with the dimmer switch. The quality of the work has gone up immensely over the last two years.
‘The Year 10 Food Technology students provided some of the refreshments. As well as parents, our department’s link governor viewed the exhibition and was very impressed with the students' work and they all had a piece exhibited. AS Design Technology was about light and so they were housed in a separate blacked out section to the back of the theatre. One of our A2 students produced an architectural model which was a design for modular office units which interlink and are expandable and she also equipped it with furniture. That proved quite popular. The GCSE students also produced a few lights but mainly it was animal habitats and toys. The toys were really strong this year, especially the plane and safari animals and the textiles were really lovely. Hopefully this show will have provided inspiration and a benchmark for future Art and DT students to aim for.’