Art and Design: Years 4 and 7 ‘Walk The Line’ For Towner Schools Show

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Last term saw Year 4 and Year 7 pupils enjoying trips to Eastbourne’s Towner Gallery to see two superb exhibitions in preparation for the Towner Schools Show at which they are now exhibiting.

The first exhibition they attended, ‘Stages’ by John Napier, consisted of three-dimensional work featuring strong sculptural forms inspired by Broadway and London theatre.

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The second, ‘Art from Elsewhere,’ was a collection of contemporary art where the students were inspired by the different methods of mark-making used by the various artists.

The children brought their research back to school and began applying what they had learned to a series of their own three-dimensional creations.

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They created dummy works on paper first, detailing them with complex patterns, then refined their designs and began applying them to clay.

For inspiration, the students looked at lines found in the sky and local landscape, including features seen on our coastline such as erosion, the shapes of fields and textures seen on maps, piers and other famous Eastbourne structures.

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With some pupils designing tiles and others pyramids both in lessons and in Art Masterclass sessions during the Co-Curricular programme, the pupils then experimented with resists and repetitive mark-making using coloured slips, stains and oxides.

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The final results of all of their hard work are now on displayed in the annual Schools Exhibition at the Towner Gallery, which is entitled ‘Walking The Line.’

Open until 5 June, if you live locally then do make sure to pop down and take a look!

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