Hidden from History: Welling School Year 7 Students and the Courtauld Institute of Art

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Hidden from History: Welling School Year 7 Students and the Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art and Welling School worked together throughout the 2014-15 academic year. From Medieval saints to Paul Gauguin’s radical nudes, the students have explored the collection working with artists, academics, and designers. Ten students were selected from their peers to make zines, investigating the theme of gender in The Courtauld Gallery. The zines were printed by the students at The Common House in Bethnal Green, which is a collectively managed space for radical groups, projects and community events.

The zines will be inserted into the next issue of ae newpaper.

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*curated book shelf of related texts.

Wordtent installation

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Wordtent : an outreach project with students from Brampton Primary School now installed in the Berwick Road Gallery, Welling.

This tent has been on a journey. For the past two months travelling back and forth from Welling to Brampton Primary Academy. The tent has been a creative shelter in which our two schools have collaborated through making.

We play with words to produce concrete poetry exploring the link between the shapes of words and their meaning. Concrete poetry – sometimes also called ‘visual poetry’ – is poetry which visual appearance matches the topic of the poem. The words form shapes which illustrate the poem’s subject as a picture as well as through their literal meaning.

During the exhibition we encourage you to join in our play. Using acetate letters to project your own words into the space.

 

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Welling School & The Courtauld: Hidden From History?

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On Thursday we had the first session generating content for our exciting  Zine project with The Courtauld Gallery after school.

 Students from Year 7 have been set the creative brief to  make a Zine which will be distributed in the AE newspaper and displayed on The Courtauld’s website and blog. This will be on the theme
 of gender and explore the research question:Hidden from History? Discuss women’s role in The Courtauld Gallery and beyond. We hosted Dr Katie Faulkner a visiting lecturer from the Courtauld Institute who guided us through our initial questions and we  planned lots of  practical workshops to  visually explore the complex ideas relating gender to objectification and institutions.
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Through this project the students will expand their knowledge of art history and The Courtauld collection.

The Reading List: Current projects

Sharing a selection of current readings for our ongoing outreach/collaborative projects…

Considering theoretical framing for the Concrete Poetry outreach workshops I am making links to ideas around Play and Social Practice.

Also taking time over the Easter break to contextualise the thoughts we have been exploring about gender in Canon Art History lessons, in anticipation of our further collaboration with the Courtauld Gallery. In the summer term Year 7 students will be working to create zines questioning the role of women in Art History, their question: Hidden from History? Discuss women’s role in The Courtauld Gallery and beyond.

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Word Tent /Concrete Poetry Outreach Project

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This week we started Wordtent : an outreach project with students from  Brampton Primary School.

Over the next five weeks we will working together with students in a site specific Wordtent installation at the library space at Brampton.

We will  play with words to produce concrete poetry exploring the link between the shapes of words and their meaning. Concrete poetry – sometimes also called ‘visual poetry’ – is poetry which visual appearance matches the topic of the poem. The words form shapes which illustrate the poem’s subject as a picture as well as through their literal meaning.

These workshops will tie into the exhibition Love Letter to Typography taking place in the gallery space at Welling School from 24th April – 29th June. Love Letter to Typography is an exhibition about graphic design, printing and letter forms. Throughout April, May and June students from Welling School will be collaborating with designers Fraser Muggeridge and Hato Press.

The experimental text pieces produced by Year 5 students will also become part of the exhbition at Welling.

Follow the project as it develops on the Welling Visual Arts blog.

 

Rivers of the world: British Council Collaboration

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How can we make a piece of Artwork that has a powerful environmental message?

 

 

 

This is the question students at Welling School have been grappling with as part of their contribution to the British Council’s Rivers of the World project. The wider project, now in its ninth year, seeks to link together international classrooms in shared creative activities by exploring a common theme: the River. This year Welling School has been paired with YAYA art school in New Orleans, a city devastated in 2005 when a storm surge generated by Hurricane Katrina flooded eighty percent of the city. The aim was for each school to create an artwork panel to both celebrate relationships with the river in localities, and also consider the global issues affecting river cities.

To prepare for this endeavour a group of Year Nine students from Welling visited the Thames Path at Woolwich to experience the workings of the river; its history, its routines and future prospects, recording their visual observations in sketchbooks . The River Thames is relatively close to the school site but in many ways is still as exotic and mysterious as the Mississippi river of the partner school 4,624 miles away in New Orleans .
This trip triggered many conversations and on the minibus ride home the students discussed their own distant relationship with the river and their eagerness to discover more about the Thames. Sensing connections to prior learning they researched the Geography and Science curriculum to further embed their developing practice with meaning and substance.

Back in the classroom students worked together with artists Pia Goddard and Helen Ireland over two days to create a piece of art that collaged together all their ideas in visual form .

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For the Welling panel, Helen and Pia worked with students to consider the issue of waste disposal along the Thames. Inspired by the yellow box barges that regularly float out to the estuary, they researched the work of companies who sort, recycle, generate electricity and improve the environment with green projects along the Thames valley using the materials that Londoners throw out every day. Students played their part in an international community of thinking, and value the positive contributions they can make to the wider world.

The panel created by Welling students, Pia Goddard and Helen Ireland was exhibited alongside work from 24 secondary schools in London, on the Southbank and has now made it back to Welling on display in the in the Art Staircase.

Students involved:
Dominic Bathe
Emily Wright
Aston Stacey
Nhi Nguyen
Nikola Brujic
Charlotte Pullen
Chloe Reader
Hannah Thorogood
Gemma Gordon
Ellie Wills
Anna Tolfrey
Jamie Marsh
Ed Hanson
Brandon La

Chiaroscuro

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This week in Canon Art History lessons we have been unpicking Chiarosuro: the dramatic use of extreme light and dark within an artwork.

This workshop was in response to the plethora of questions that we had about the atmosphere created by Artemesia Genteleschi in her gruesome masterpeice Judith Slaying Holofernes.

Students set up their own dramatic lighting with help from a smart phone (or 30)  and made successful drawings filled with drama. Success.