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Hello everyone.

It was a pleasure to be invited to speak at the SUMAN Centre in Manchester this week to 22 visiting Chinese Art Teachers. With the aid of a translator I explained the Art & Design curriculum, describing its various Key Stages and how one builds upon another, and was able to show examples of artwork for each.

I had then been asked to prepare an Art lesson for the teachers and teach it as if they were pupils. They did a selection of tasks from a Year 8 painting scheme of work. This included completing a sorting activity where they worked in groups and answered questions to help them define ‘What is Abstract Art’. They then watched and responded to a presentation on Georgia O Keeffe’s work. They moved on to practice graduating watercolour and then drawing and painting a semi-abstract painting. A fun and full day! It’s hardly surprising, as they were art teachers, that the work they produced was beautiful and pleasure to discuss in a plenary.

Try using the ‘FontCandy’ app on your iPad to create a quick and effect title or a selection of keywords.  First save a picture by your artist on your iPad and then open it in FontCandy.  Play and have fun!

Year 10 enjoyed an A Level taster lesson this week.  We told them all about the course and the drawing module that we run at the beginning of the course.  In the drawing module we try and broaden pupils view of what drawing can be and Year 10 had a taste of this, drawing with a chalk on the end of a garden cane.  They had to take a risk and go for it, but what great results!

Bolton School (Girls’ Division) were proud to display pupils work at the very well attended ‘Best of Bolton’ exhibition held at Bolton University.  We were delighted that Jess Broome won the ‘Fine Art’ prize for her painting pictured above called ‘Shed’.  Jess was away on a Geography field trip and so Miss Fazackerley collected her prize, of some beautiful art materials, on her behalf.  The event was organised by Miss Fazackerley, Head of Art at Bolton school.  Miss Fazackerley was thanked at the event for all the work she did that enabled schools from across Bolton to exhibit their pupils artwork.  As is previous years NADFAS judged and provided prizes.

Wow! Things are developing well!

Year 8, I hope you find these photos of Card Construction inspiring!

Aren’t things developing well in the A Level studio!







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