Art teachers Pippa Smith and Colin Procter have produced striking artwork that reflects their specific styles and interests. Mrs Smith’s self-portrait in oils is the latest in a series inspired by transition, while Mr Procter’s surrealist acrylic reflects the shapes he has built up over years of sketching.
He said: ‘My starting point was my sketch books. Over the years I have drawn pages and pages of all these little sketches and they are currently quite Surrealist in style. From drawing things around the area where I live I get these shapes that could be telegraph poles or generators. Believe it or not this picture started out as the wind turbines in Burton Latimer!’
Mrs Smith said: ‘Colin and I decided to come in and use the space in the art department during the holidays because the Year 11s were in and we thought it would be a good opportunity for them to see us putting into practice what we teach. So we set up for three days and these are the results. I have always done self-portraiture, it is what I know best and is like a visual diary. I have always found it quite therapeutic. The students like to see that I paint as well as photograph because it shows that you can add variety to your portfolio. I am hoping to exhibit mixed media incorporating photography, moving images and paintings that document a series of transitions in my life.’