This post is written by Lexi Earl. Many of the schools we visit invite artists, performers, touring companies, and other creative people in to talk to students, demonstrate techniques, run workshops, or perform plays. These types of experiences offer wonderful opportunities for the young people to see what it is like to ‘do’ a particular … Continue reading visiting artists, sharing life lessons
This post is written by Lexi Earl. During my trip to Uxbridge High School Amy Walker, the drama teacher, was keen to show me their new performing arts building . This new space was opened in September. It features a large drama studio with long blackout curtains that has a wall of moveable windows that … Continue reading investing in drama and performing arts
This post is written by Lexi Earl on her visit to St Ambrose Barlow RC High School in Salford. In my conversation with Bernie Furey, the Assistant Head Teacher (Creativity and Research) at St Ambrose Barlow RC High School in Salford, she talked about the focus on giving students functional and useful art skills. This … Continue reading inspiring future arts careers
This post is written by Lexi Earl, on her time at Welling School in Kent. When I arrived at Welling School in Kent, I was immediately fascinated by the ‘mini gallery’ space in reception – a tall glass cube, filled with objects. It displayed work by Year 8 students, responding to work by American artist Judith … Continue reading displaying and sharing art
This post is written by Lexi Earl about her recent visit to Archbishop Tenison School in London. On our recent visit to Archbishop Tenison, Becky and I had a conversation with the Y13 art students. It was clear that they were taking advantage of the various opportunities they had been offered that connected them to … Continue reading opportunity and art
In many of the schools we have visited, students complain about the ‘where’s that going to get you?’ question. This question refers to their choice of art, drama, music, dance or photography as a GCSE subject. If we follow the question's rather literal logic we might expect all students who have taken History to become Historians. Putting our collective understanding … Continue reading where’s that going to get you?