Yr11 GCSE Art Trip Jan 2017

As part of the preparation for the GCSE exam Year 11 went to Phillip’s Auction House to see the preview for The Editions auction https://www.phillips.com/auctions/auction/UK030117

The Year 11 were generally amazed at some of the prices of the work. One of David Hockney’s iPad drawings went for around £25,000.

We then went to see the mini-retrospective of the amazing Ceramicist Ken Price who died recently at Hauser and Wirth Gallery in Saville Row. http://www.hauserwirth.com/exhibitions/2984/ken-price-a-survey-of-sculptures-and-drawings-1959-y-2006/view/

After that we took the bus to Hyde Park to see the intricate and detailed early paintings and drawings by Zaha Hadid at The Serpentine Gallery, who also died recently.http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/zaha-hadid-early-paintings-and-drawings

Yr8 Design Museum Visit Jan 2017

We took the whole of Year8 to the new Design Museum in Kensington housed in the old Commonwealth Centre (originally opened by HRH The Queen in 1962). We visited the new permanent collection of design classics (mainly from the 70s and 80s) and also the Beasley Awards which champions innovative new design concepts. http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/beazley-designs-of-the-year

It was a great day out and good to link the interior design and pattern work that we have been doing in class to what was on offer in the museum.

Happy Christmas!!

The House Christmas card competition had over 50 entries all of excellent festive quality: it was very difficult picking the final winners! The Spartans were the most festive House submitting the most entries. The overall winner (Fuchun Year7) and runner up (Alan Year 9) actually made 3D cards which are fantastic (see below) and the winners from each House (Lydia Year 10, Nina, Harry and Angelina all Year 7) had their submissions put onto the official School Christmas card (also below at the bottom).

Thank you to all those who entered.

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Yr10 London Art Trip

Y10 are focusing on Typography for their current GCSE topic and this trip was to inspire them for the next stage of the project. Miss Stewart’s group went on Tuesday 6th Dec and Mr B-A’s group went on Thursday the 8th.

We went to the Phillip’s Auction House in Berkley Square to see the preview of the ‘New Now’ contemporary art sale  https://www.phillips.com/auctions/auction/UK010816.

We also visited the Gagosian (the richest dealer in the world) gallery in Grovesnor Hill to see the famous Post-Pop text artist Ed Ruscha http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/ed-ruscha–october-05-2016 .

Then there was the Lights of Soho gallery, a small cafe/bar space showing neon lights from ‘Gods own Junk Yard’ in Walthamstow, the collection of Artist Chris Bracey http://godsownjunkyard.co.uk/gallery.html

A good experience all round!