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

The Courtauld Institute of Art collaboration: Dr Katie Faulkner gives a lecture on 20th Century British Sculpture

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On Tuesday 10th March Welling welcomed Dr Katie Faulkner, a visiting lecturer from the Courtauld Gallery in London for the second in a series of workshops focusing this time on Katie’s specialism twentieth century British Sculpture. The Courtauld Gallery houses one of the countries finest art collections. To support the work we do in Canon Art History lessons we invited 30 more students from Year 7 who have has made the most progress in the Spring term, to stretch and challenge their understanding of the huge variety and depth of this subject. So far over 90 students from year 7 have been involved in this collaboration learning from the gallery collections.

Katie delivered an exciting workshop exploring the theme of sculpture and  we investigated cross curricular links and contextual understanding. Students then took to practically applying their knowledge making their own sculptures carving into soap in response the work of other artists. The event has already triggered many discussions in class and some amazing questions!

Building on this success we are planning more lectures: Everyone at school is welcome to attend and join the discussion.


The Postcard Show Raffle

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You are warmly invited to The Postcard Show Raffle Private View and Sale

Berwick Road Gallery, Welling School

Wednesday 25th March, 6 – 8pm

 What do Welling School students, staff and alumni, artists Jon Burgerman, Richard Wentworth, Gordon Cheung, Jamie Shovlin, , Ruth Ewan, Peter Lamb, staff from the V&A and the Whitechapel Galley and students from Greenwich Free School have in common? ….

 They have all made artwork for The Postcard Show!

These postcards will be sold via a raffle to raise money for students Amy Baldwin and Olivia Marsh’s project in Uganda. Postcards will be displayed in the Berwick Road Gallery, onsite at Welling School from the 23rd March. Artists and ticket holders will be revealed at an evening event at the Gallery on the 25th March. All are welcome to attend!

The Postcard Show is inspired by the RCA’s annual show. All the money raised will go towards funding equipment and travel costs for the student’s project in Uganda. Here, they will be teaching tag rugby to the local communities in Jinja and Entebbe and working on a community project in a school.

Raffle tickets are £5 / £2 for the first 100 students and are available from Alex Parry in the Community Arts Office in P1. Contact Alex at parrya@wellingschool-tkat.org with any questions.








7YCa1 in action

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.