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Canford Art update

Karen Smith

Our artists have been finding a variety of ways to embrace their creativity during lockdown.

Lower Sixth pupil Jess put a fantastic video together to share her knowledge on various painting materials, illustrating her ideas with her sketchbook which demonstrates her inspirational talent for art. Please watch the film here:

Pupils have also been mindful of the isolation many are in during lockdown, and through a Post It! Initiative have been creating postcards to send to Canford community action contacts they would usually visit on Monday afternoons. 

As part of the Upper Sixth College Programme, our senior artists have been working hard on their entries for the Dorset Arts Prize. Now in its seventh year, this competition allows emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience. Students from Year 10 upwards and adults have the opportunity to win up to £1,000 in prize money, whilst the winning Community Group and School could gain £500. The theme for this year’s Dorset Art Prize is ‘Youth’. Entrants are being encouraged to interpret and explore this in broad and figurative ways, as well as more literal considerations on the theme. All shortlisted art work will be showcased in Poole Museum, where the final will take place in November, and will be on display for the public to see.

Although pupils are not currently onsite, the gallery space is still being put to good use with the latest exhibition featuring Shell work from two projects.  The Environment project asked each group of Shells to respond to the theme in a different way experimenting with colour theory, painting, illustration, collage, and printmaking. Issues highlighted included the rainforest, the importance of bees for our ecosystems, the human impact on the world including pollution, waste and recycling.

The most recent Shell project, 'Landscapes', required pupils to produce an independent response to an issue that affects our environments. The work all constructed to fit within a container, box, tin, bottle or jar, connects to geographical research and texts used in English. A personal written response to a passage, a poem or a story supported the creative aspect.

Head of Art, Nicola Will said:

“While we miss the creative ideas which flow from being together in the Art School, pupils have been able to work on projects from home and share their ideas and work online.  I have been extremely impressed by the way that our artists have continued to develop and look forward to displaying their ‘lockdown art’ in the Coldstream Gallery later in the year.”