Archive for March, 2011

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SMAS 2011.03.19


a happy customer

A very enjoyable morning was spent at the Saturday Morning Art School by pupils from the school and from Longlevens, Innsworth and Churchdown Parton Manor junior schools, plus local parents and teachers.

ashley does work!

another happy customer!

The children really enjoyed working with artists using packaging and thread to produce Louise Baldwin-inspired work with Karen Bunting, making decorative fashion accessories from recycled materials with Bettina Bunce, producing colourful animal sculptures using paper and card with Alison Cockcroft and making clay masks with Sue Belinfante. 

playing with clay

Fabulous accessories!

I think it might be a bird!

At the same time adult groups worked with printmaker Adrienne Craddock to produce ‘Art of the Machine’ collographs featuring cogs, wheels and pisterns, and in a 3D textile sculpture activity making sweets and chocolates as lovely Easter gifts for a loved one, Joanne Raywood assured her group that they would be ‘a feast for the eyes that won’t add to the hips!’

Tofty strikes again!

Fruity and fabulous!

Meanwhile, Andrea Dryland worked with a group of GCSE students who greatly benefitted from the extra time and attention to develop their exam work.

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Laura Taylor Private View 2011.03.16


Laura at the PV

Sue Belinfante, Head of Art, was especially pleased to present this exhibition by Laura Taylor as she is a past student of Churchdown School.  Hanging alongside the artists’ work in the exhibition are examples of work completed by some of the school’s current students who have participated in workshops with Laura. 

Some serious Art Criticism takes place

Many of the students and their families came along to the Private View in the school’s Curve Gallery to see how they had experimented with fun and unusual methods of painting, reflecting the approaches the artist uses in her own work. 

"That's only your opinion, Joe!"

‘Serendipity’ continues at the Curve Gallery until 24th March and visitors are welcome during school hours.

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Celia Smith Exhibition: 03.05 till 26.05.2011


Flying Dunlin by Celia Smith

Lapwing by Celia Smith

Celia Smith is an artist who draws with wire, as others draw with pencil.  The majority of Celia’s sculptures are of domestic and native British birds. 

Her sculptures are also very eco friendly – the materials that Celia uses are mainly sourced from scrap yards, each visit brings new colours and textures which helps to inspire the next creation. Her beautiful forms are constructed out of wires, which may have previously been used for telephone and electrical wiring, or perhaps some rusty fencing found abandoned in a field.

Celia originally studied Fine Art Sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art, graduating in 1996.  The degree course offered her the chance to experiment with lots of different materials and techniques, but wire became her most favored medium.

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Artist in Residence: Laura Taylor 2011.03.04


Year 8s enjoy working with Laura in the Curve

Spinning Around

Lots of hard work