Art Blog

Free Art workshops!

Many galleries and colleges have workshops and clubs aimed at 11-18 year olds. They are often free and a lot of fun. Here are some opportunities that have come to our attention for the summer term: Bradford College Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield. Work with animator Sheryl Jenkins to create a short animated film that you can take home at the end of the day. Showreel selection from Sheryl Jenkins on Vimeo. If you want information about any of the workshops, please see your Art Teacher.

Leeds University Visit for Year 12 Art students

On Tuesday 1 March, twelve Year 12 students set off to the University of Leeds to discover what life at a university is really like and what to expect from Further Education. They had the opportunity to speak to current students, meet the Head of the course and the Head of the university, explore the studio spaces, tour the campus and sample food from the vast canteen. In the afternoon the students began making some of their own artwork and the Head of the course, along with the university students, offered a group critique. Themes of Art’s place in society and who an artist really is, amongst other philosophical issues, were discussed. The students had a brilliant time and really felt enlightened by the visit. Some were already planning their application by the time they left.

An Exciting New Space for Art and Design

We have been really excited to gain a new space to the Art and Design Department area in school. The Atrium space opposite the Photography Room will function as a large studio space for both our A level Photography students and our Media students, as well as a space for our new GCSE Photography course next year. Our Sixth Form Art and Photography representatives enjoyed using the new space to welcome visitors to the school at recent events, both as part of the Whole School Careers Convention, and at the Sixth Form Open Evening. We in the Art and Design team would like to thank Mrs Balmer for designing and cutting out the creative props, and 12LS for painting in the props used to liven up the Open Evening for prospective Art and Design students this year. As well as a chance to talk about the courses with specialist staff and former…

Year 12 Fine Art Visit to the West Yorkshire Print Workshop

Year 12 students visited the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in order to work with the artist Helaina Sharpley. Helaina, who is a practising artist and designer specialising in wirework and wall art, shared her business knowledge, her sources of inspiration and taught Year 12 Art students new techniques and skills as part of their visit to the West Yorkshire Print Workshop. Helaina’s workshop is the starting point for a series of lessons where Year 12 students will be working with the artist to produce a collaborative public art piece for permanent display in school. Narjis Khan said: “She told us her journey through school and how she has reached where she is now. We were able to experiment using the wire and the technique she uses to create tea cups and saucers. It’s a different style to what we’ve all usually worked with and is a form of work that I…

Sixth-form Open Evening Jan 2016

Thanks to the year 12 Photography students for their images capturing the fun at the sixth-form Open Evening. Can you spot which famous artists have inspired the props?

Art Blog: I can’t draw!

Every student (and teacher) at some point doubts their ability to draw accurately. It will not be something that happens by magic, it is all down to practice. However, there are a vast amount of materials and techniques you can use to help you to learn how to put down marks while responding to what you are looking at or communicate an idea from your imagination. I will be posting examples of exercises we have used in school but the following link suggests some drawing tasks for you to try Please show us your drawings or ask your Art or DT teacher for more information or different drawing tasks to help you improve.

Virtual Art Gallery Videos

This playlist is a set of videos that take you around some of the work that has been on our walls and display boards since July 2015.

Art Blog, Big Draw 2015 at BGHS

The Big Draw is a national event that takes place through the month of October each year in many different venues.  The Big Draw is the world’s biggest drawing festival with thousands of drawing activities connecting people of all ages with many different spaces.  The Big Draw is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t! During October, each person in the school was given a Big Draw template to fill in to show visually what makes them unique.  We have delighted in viewing all the designs, some with photos collaged, knitting, cut into shapes, as well as fabulous original and personal drawings – thank you to everyone who contributed!  The artworks can be viewed in the Art corridor as you come out of the hall. Download and have a go with our template. Read more about The Big Draw organisation.