It has been a creative week throughout the School, from Toddlers through to our senior pupils.
Our Head of Art, Mr Nigel Edwards highlights the importance of the Arts in School life:
“From Art, Music, Drama and Dance, the Arts play an important role in the 21st Century education at the School. Each one of these subjects cultivate creative thinking which leads to other supplemental skills such as problem-solving, public speaking, innovation and mindfulness. These abilities are important across the whole curriculum as well as being key life skills.
Art techniques are used to enhance learning in other subject areas, for instance, later this term Year 3 will take part in a pottery workshop as part of their History topic on Egyptians. To encourage pupils’ creativity beyond the classroom, the School runs photography and art competitions, and pupils are encouraged to enter external awards, such as the Norfolk Show Schools Art Competition and ISA Artist of the Month.
Regular School productions, Music and Dance shows offer pupils the opportunity to hone their performance skills. They are also a chance to work collaboratively, whether in the spotlight or working behind the scenes, with stage, prop and poster design.”
Playful Learning with Clay in Toddler Group
Young children are naturally drawn to sensory experiences and regular exposure to such activities enables them to develop an enthusiasm for art from an early age. At our Toddler & Parent Group, held every Wednesday afternoon during term time, the children and their carers had a great time exploring a different medium this week, with little hands smoothing and squashing cool clay. A wonderful time was had by all, pushing sparkly pipe cleaners and coloured lollipop sticks into the clay. Henry’s Mummy had a brilliant idea to take off his socks and stand on the clay which produced a clear impression of his tiny foot and a smile on his face! Working the clay is a wonderful way of strengthening muscles in the hands, improving dexterity and these opportunities are also recognised to support children’s wellbeing. For more information about the Toddler & Parent Group and how to obtain a free Trial Voucher, please visit https://www.taverhamhall.co.uk/toddlers/
Art Exploration in Pre-Prep
Our Pre-Prep Arts Lead, Mrs Val Knight explains how a love of art is fostered in Pre-Prep in a variety of ways:
“In their Art classes, the children are encouraged to explore many different styles, artists and genres and have the opportunity to try a range of mediums from clay and collage through to learning to master watercolour. Not only are the children developing their fine-motor skills, they are also learning self-expression through these therapeutic activities.
Art is also used as a way of enhancing learning in other subjects, such as Forest School with the creation of natural forms, and currently Year 2 are building their own Tudor House models for their Fire of London History topic.
‘Be brave and have a go’ is our motto when encouraging pupils to express themselves through Art, Music, Drama and Dance, and it is wonderful to see the children exploring their interests and strengths while embracing their inner Creative Connie and Independent Ivy.”
Frink Outside the Box
It is important to introduce our pupils to significant works by important artists and Year 1 were fascinated by their visit to the Elisabeth Frink exhibition, ‘Humans and Other Animals‘ , at the Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts. Frink’s Goggle Heads are particularly impressive, both in size and character. The children spent some time looking and drawing the characteristics Frink portrays. Using only pencils, the children were encouraged to try techniques of shading and using lines to create different effects. The exhibition featured over 130 works by the Suffolk-born artist and the children were surprised that all the sculptures and variety of artwork had been created by just one person!
The children shared their impressions of this visit: “The building was peaceful”; “The people with white faces [sculptures] were great”; “I liked the running men because they looked as if they were running”.
For more information about the exhibition which runs until 24 February, please visit https://scva.ac.uk/art-and-artists/exhibitions/elisabeth-frink-humans-and-other-animals
Wherefore art thou English
Whilst some Year 7 English sets have been studying the text for Romeo and Juliet, to enhance their learning, the pupils were offered the opportunity to experience the play first hand. The Royal Shakespeare Company had returned to Norwich with a fresh and contemporary version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We knew the show would be ‘different’ having read rave reviews and Erica Whyman’s (RSC’s Deputy Artistic Director) Romeo and Juliet was just that.
It was a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Our hero and heroine are ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents, and these two young people will risk everything to be together. The most famous story, of love at first sight, explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, leaving us wondering whether it will spark a revolution, or whether division will continue to tear through generations.
It was bursting with youth and vitality and when it comes to grabbing established tales by the scruff of the neck and shaking them into an unexpected and hitherto unsuspected new shape, this is on a plane of its own. It was a faithful retelling of Shakespeare’s tale; but also a dark re-imagining of the story of Romeo and Juliet set in the present. The diverse casting saw actors and actresses from different cultures and backgrounds come together to bring a fresh perspective to a much-loved play. They did choose to use a combination of orchestral and modern music which also launched the action into a contemporary setting. The children were enthralled from the outset and at the interval their comments showed that they were clearly relishing every moment and coping exceptionally well with the language. It was a very brave and powerful re-vamp of an old classic, but one that certainly left a positive impact on us all.
Quotes from the Year 7 pupils:
Louis M : “Very controversial interpretation. Liked the use of mixed races and genders.”
Emily H: “Very clever how they used girls for boy parts. It especially worked for Mercutio.”
Sara O: “I particularly liked the scene where Romeo and Juliet met. My favourite character was Mercutio; she was very funny!”
Charlie B: “It was great! Very different from what I was expecting. Unique!”
Tuesday P: “A very modern setting and fun to watch. Loved the revolving set!”
Cara F: “It was amazing! Loved the action in the second half and how they combined traditional lines with such modern ideas.”