The Year 12 Show

The Year 12 Show is up! The exhibition has been organised by Fine Art, Textiles, Photography and Graphics students from Year 12. Last night we celebrated with a Private View, which was well attended by students, school staff, parents and carers.

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Year 9 Student’s Cards

Year 9 art students have been part of a term long project to create cards. Students met twice a week during tutor time to work on their designs, which were finally sent off to be printed.

Well done to Leonie Richards, Emily Kilgannon, Natalie Chehal, Liberty King, Ellie Hodsden, Holly Bouchard, Lauren Fisher, Kayleigh Parker and Olivia Jones.

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alTURNERtive Prize Announced!

Welling School’s alTURNERtive Prize was announced on Tuesday night during an evening event in the Berwick Road Gallery at Welling School. The winner was Kelly Loi for her original video installation. The Popular Prize, voted by Year 7 students was awarded to Habibat Alabi for her stunning self -portrait.

On the night we welcomed along artist Emma McNally who presented the awards. She commended the students for their exciting work, which displayed artistic maturity beyond their years. The award was judged by Deputy Head, Mr Pett, alongside art teacher Miss Taylor and Emily Druiff, who is curator of the art gallery Peckham Platform.

The alTURNERtive Prize is Welling School’s well established award, which is now in its fourteenth consecutive year. Every year 12 talented students are nominated to present their artwork. This year’s nominated students were Habibat Alabi, Chloe Clements, Luc Crossley, Shanie Frater, Khushi  Gurung, Edward Hanson, Nathan Hogben, Jasmine Lecomber, Kelly loi, Taylor Lyttleton, Maia Pavey and Cray Smith. Find out more about the nominees here …

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alTURNERtive Prize nominees interviewed by Press Gang members

In the run up to the alTURNERtive Prize Press Gang members Jeremy Fosten, Olivia Corley and Megan Newman interviewed a selection of our nominees.

Listen in for insights on what they think of the art curriculum as well as their inspirations!

First up is Cray Smith, interviewed by Jeremy Fosten.



Khushi  Gurung interviewed by Jeremy Fosten



Lastly, Luc Crossley and Edward Hanson are interviewed by Jeremy Fosten.



All photographs by Olivia Corley.

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Courtauld Adventure



Tuesday 17th saw Welling’s first trip this academic year to the Courtauld. 22 of our Year 7 students who had been identified as making the most rapid progress went up to London for a full day of workshops.  They got the chance to get selfies with some of the iconic works housed in the collection (Meghan Goodeve our host had to keep saying, ‘Yes- they are the REAL ones! Yes, you can take a selfie with them!’) . They also had the unique chance to be given a talk in the ‘Bridget Riley: Learning from Seurat’ Show by Dr Kate Faulkner, one of the MA Lecturers at the Courtauld. Next came challenging  workshops with Artist Nadine Mahoney looking at colour and perception and the students showed their real visual skill and knowledge of colour theory reversing the colours in famous images.  They also startled quite a few gallery visitors by being allowed to draw in the galleries- another example of the Courtauld’s open and inclusive approach.  Members of the public came up to talk to me about the group and their insightful answers and exciting work.

After lunch we had the chance to do some watercolour painting and think about ‘Transcription’ as a process and how it might change the message.  A thought-provoking and fun day getting up close and personal with some of the 20th Centuries most influential artists and their work.  Our thanks to the fantastic Team at the Courtauld and as always to our amazing staff and students.


The alTURNERtive Prize: Private View

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The private view and presentation of the alTURNERtive Prize 2015 will take place on Tuesday 1st December from 6-9pm.

The presentation of the award, by Emma McNally, will take place at 7.30pm.

This years prize is judged by Peckham Platform’s Director Emily Druiff, alongside Rob Pett, Deputy Head of Welling School and art teachers Andee Collard and Ruth Taylor.


V and A Project with Jamie Jenkinson

Year 10 Photography students have been taking part in workshops with the V and A’s digital artist in residence – Jamie Jenkinson, with the outcome being a series of films made by students that will be screened at the V and A on the 27th November.

During the workshops students have experimented with different filming techniques. Inspired by artist Tony Hill, students physically moved the camera to create images and later made drawings into films, inspired by artist Len Lye. Lastly, they explored the one-point perspective, as pioneered by Stanley Kubrick and used images of objects from the V & A collection to remake a scene from the film Dumb and Dumber.









The Big Draw 2015

IMG_5327IMG_5352This year over 500 students, parents, carers and staff at Welling School took part in the The Big Draw, throughout October.

Participants were given an incomplete image of an artist, which they were invited to complete through drawing. Everyone was given the same rule, which was to use three different black pens.

Art teachers Joseph Cartwright and Stacey Green also held workshops with Year 4 and 5 students from Barrington Primary School. This has since evolved into a longer term project that explores artists lives, which will be published as a book in December.


London Art Book Fair

Welling School was back for it’s forth year at the London Art Book Fair. This year we were selling copies of A Cookbook of Possibilities, a publication made by six form students and Hato Press, alongside the Party Pack activities for children and free copies of æ.

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Party Pack for Primary School children is published!

The party pack has been designed and produced by art teachers at Welling School as a resource for Primary School children. The pack has five activities, including references to some of the things we teach at Welling such as sci-art, our taught subject collaboration between science and art and Canon, a history of art course for Year 7 and 8 students. The pack also includes a badge and pencil! The pack will be given away for free to primary school children in and around Welling.