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.


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


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.


*curated book shelf of related texts.

Primary Colours – Session Three

A lovely session on Monday as part of Primary Colours, our afterschool art club for Primary School aged children. The session rounded up with all the young artists making illustrations to accompany a live reading of The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, which was read out twice because it was so popular!

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Call out for contributions to ae7

Call for submission of ideas for ae7

ae7 will focus on gender equality and will contain artwork, interviews and writing from students and teachers at Welling School as well as arts practitioners from outside the school. Past contributors have included Richard Wentworth, Jeremy Deller, John Baldessari, Cornford & Cross and Peter Liversidge.

We are inviting people to submit a 300 word outline of ideas for an article or artwork for this issue. The deadline for this is April 20th.

The format of the content is relatively flexible and we are open to submissions of images or text or a combination of the two. A typical essay is around 2,000 words. Each page is 31x47cm.

We are also in the process of planning a conference in Autumn about this theme and are looking for contributions that will lead into this.

ae was established in 2011 at Welling School in Bexley and is focused on exploring art and education. We have a distribution run of 5,000, which is distributed for free in galleries, museums and art institutions across the UK.

To submit your ideas or if you have any questions please contact




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.


Collaborative Sculpture Year 7 Sci-Art

The year 7 Sci-Art students are currently exploring red blood cells. They have looked at the processes that red blood cells go through in order to transport oxygen.  From their studies the students have begun to document their findings through the means of a collaborative sculpture. Every student has worked extremely hard. They have shown great team work and ambition. Well done Year 7. Special thanks to our Intervention Assistants who have supported our students within these lessons.

Stage 1. Competition: which team can create the most cells?

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Stage 2: A splash of colour

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Stage 3: We have a heart


To be continued…