Lower 1 and Upper 1 have been busy making two large Totem Poles this term in Junior Art Club, and learning about the cultural significance of some of the designs. We were very impressed by the team work and lovely painting skills!
Professional artist Laura X Carle often works with recyclable materials such as cardboard to create her intricate and often collaborative sculptures and installations. We were fortunate enough to work with her for a day over the half-term break as part of a Drama and Art collaborative workshop.
The aim of the workshop was to create large cardboard puppets that would form the backdrop to the schools carol service and nativity later this term in Ealing Abbey. These 'puppets' were to be inspired by the modernist simplicity of the sculptor Brancusi's artwork, simplifying form and shape to suggest a narrative.
Despite it only being October, the students enthusiastically got involved in both the designing and the making of the cardboard puppets in the spirit of Christmas. Using only cardboard and simple construction methods to give everything solidity, the students had to engineer the best possible way to make the complex structures. The puppets will be finished off during the next few weeks and then they will be seen at the carol service in December. Students from across the school took part, from Upper 1 to Sixth Form - and all their help and hard work was very much appreciated!
Miss Grundon and Mrs Murphy
St. Augustine's students from across the school took part in 'The Giant Dolls House' project last week. The dolls houses were installed at the TESTBED1 space in Battersea, along with lots of other hand-made houses from other London-based schools. Each dolls house was joined to the next using a ladder to make one giant dolls house by the end of the workshop.
Some students and their families also came to the Artescape workshop, held in conjunction with The Big Draw, and helped make even more dolls houses for the installation. It was fantastic to see all the hard work and effort pay off, and to see the dolls houses up on the wall!
The ‘Giant Dolls House Project’ is an initiative of architect Catja de Haas who has developed an interest in dolls houses as a way to communicate ideas about the home and community. It was a project which made all the participants think about the importance of home. The project also helped raise money for the homeless charity Shelter, a worthy cause, and a charity which helps provide shelter and housing for those most in need of a home.
The Art department would like to thank all those students and families who took part in the project and made a dolls house - the standard of making was very high and your efforts were much appreciated!
The Art Department ran a competition for Key Stage 3 students over the summer holiday break. Students were invited to make an original and handmade postcard that could then be posted back to the school in time for the new term.
A successful postcard should be well designed, creative and show a skillful useful of materials. The Art Department were pleased with some of the imaginative responses to the competition but we would like to congratulate the following 3 students in particular on their winning postcards; Bethany Pullen, Melay Sebehatu and Zoe Mills all in Lower 4 A.
The art workshop providers, Artescape are working with architect Catja de Haas on a new exciting event! ‘A Giant Dolls House’ project will be on the wall of the TESTBED 1 gallery space in Battersea, between Wed 15th - Sat 18th October.
Artescape are sending invitations to schools across London and other networks, hopefully amassing 100’s of shoebox houses and St. Augustine's Priory hope to contribute towards the project by asking students to make shoe-box dolls houses before the event takes place. The doll’s house is an initiative of architect Catja de Haas who has developed an interest in dolls’ houses as a way to communicate ideas about the home and community.
The project highlights the importance of a home for all and therefore we are asking for a contribution of £1 from each participant for the housing charity Shelter, to be collected by Miss Grundon.
Please make your dolls house out of one or more shoe boxes and decorate as you wish! The deadline for the shoe-box dolls houses to be delivered to the art department is the 13th of October, to allow time to get them to the gallery space in Battersea. The opening of this installation to the public will be October 15th.
Participating students and their parents are welcome to attend the Big Draw event on the 18th of October at the TESTBED 1 space in Battersea, 10-12pm and 2-4pm to see their work displayed and to participate in the Artescape - Big Draw workshop. For more information about this opportunity, please speak to Miss Grundon in the Art Department, or contact email@example.com
The V&A's current free exhibition explores how objects have been used and adapted for social change and propoganda. Particularly recommended for UV students looking at 'Order and Disorder' as their theme. Younger artists please be aware that there is some mature content in some artwork so ask permission from parents before going. http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/disobedient-objects/
Well done to all students who took part in the drawing a day task over the summer holidays. Drawing on a daily basis helps to improve our observational drawing skills and our understanding of composition and scale. Here are a few photographs that demonstrate the excellent standard of drawing!
Saint Augustine's Art Department continues to thrive with students engaging meaningfully with contemporary art practice and making exciting and innovative artwork!