2014 Expressive Arts Show

Expressive Arts Faculty

2014  A Level & GCSE Art /Photography/Textiles /Product Design Show.

Music /Media Performance Evening

Thursday 26th June 2014

Cambridge Campus

4.00pm – 6.00pm – School Gym / Playground

Everyone is invited to attend the Expressive Arts Summer Festival Exhibition and performance evening after school on Thursday the 26th June at Cambridge Campus. Please come along with your friends and family to have a look at the work created by our hard working students.

There will be Music by students presented in our Music Tent area. The Media students will be showcasing student’s film in the Media studio. An exhibition is on display in the Canteen of the year 11 product design students work and the Main gym area will showcase the GCSE and A level Art/Photography and Textiles work.

We look forward to seeing you

Expressive Arts Faculty

Paris Trip 2013 Update

On Thursday 26th September, over 150 year 12 and 13 students, plus staff from Edmonton County School embarked on a team-building trip to the heart of Paris.

With many places to visit and activities to take part in over the three days and two nights, it was an action packed adventure.

Having descended at the Ibis Hotel in Montmartre late Thursday night, getting up at 6:30 the next morning proved to be a shock to the system! However, bleary eyed but ready to take on the day’s excitement, we set off for our first activity of the trip.

Throughout our stay we had several challenges to complete, and with prizes at stake, our competitive streaks certainly kicked in. Each group had their own team mascot, and we managed to take an amazing amount of creative shots of our Pierre le Bear around the city! Armed with our useful but basic French phrases and distant memories of GCSE French, we endeavoured to communicate with staff in museums and attractions, in shops buying obligatory souvenirs, and most important of all, feeding ourselves in restaurants and cafés.

With the purpose of this trip being to bond with our peers, I can honestly say that over this short period of time friendships were strengthened across the year groups. Having been given enough independence in order to fend for ourselves, we achieved far more than we would’ve believed, and returned home full of confidence, ready for the challenges we have yet to come!

By Ellen Blane
Sixth Form, Edmonton County School

A Level & GCSE Art, Photography and Textiles Show

Edmonton County School Presents

A-Level & GCSE Art, Photography & Textiles Show
Musical Performance Evening

When: Thursday 27th June 2013
Where: Cambridge Campus
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm – School Gym

Download the poster here

Sixth Form Art and Photography Trip to Venice

Sixth Form Art and Photography Trip to Venice – Monday 18th – Thursday 21st February 2013

The Venice Art and Photography trip had been a year in the making.

It was hard to believe that we were finally on our way to the sinking city as we met up at the Cambridge campus. But we knew we were in for a special experience as our party, 41 sixth formers and 4 staff, boarded a Vaporetta (water taxi) to take us down the Grand Canal before our guides escorted us through winding streets, up steps and over bridges to our home for the next three nights, the Hotel Alla Salute.

The hotel had tall grand ceilings, was typically medieval in its design, near the Peggy Guggenheim museum and we could see St Mark’s Square across the canal. So, the location was perfect. Once we had checked into our rooms we walked to Brek, our designated restaurant. This was less well located, and our 40 minutes walk to it every night came to be known as the ‘Trek to Brek’, coined by Lauren Young. However, the walk took us along beautiful squares and past the famous Rialto Bridge, and it was good to be able to sit down as a group every night.

Gallery: Click images to view larger image.

The next day we visited the St Mark’s Square where we were able to take beautiful photographs of the basilica and the grand square. Despite the weather being cold, the sky was blue and the sun was out. The photographers were able to capture the medieval and gothic architecture for their exam questions, such as ‘Contrasts’. The art students were able to pick out winged lions (the symbol of Venice) for their ‘Fabulous Beasts’ question.

Our first visit was to the Doge’s Palace, once the home of the ruler of Venice and the seat of power for the Venetian Republic. Now it is a museum and we were able to see paintings by Titian and Giovanni Bellini and frescoes by Tintoretto and Veronese. We were also able to experience the prison cells in the dungeons of the palace. AS Art students who chose ‘Heroic Figures’ for their exam question were able to photograph the armour and make sketches of the battles that were played out on the walls. For lunch we went in groups to sample the local food, buy Venetian masks and eat the famous Italian ice cream, despite it being February.

Some of us took a gondola boat ride. Others bought birdseeds and were soon covered with pigeons. Our next stop was a visit to a commercial contemporary art gallery called Galleria Michaela Rizzo. We were the first ever school group to visit this gallery and they were excited that we had come all the way from London. This gallery was showing the work of two young Venetian artists. The gallery worker gave us an eloquent talk on the ideals behind the artists. The work by Sandro Mele entitled ‘The American Brothers’ dealt with the Fiat car workers and their union ‘s fight to keep their jobs. The line drawings by Mathew Attard showed the students that drawings could be shown as 3D pieces and have multi-faceted angles to them.

We then visited the Jarach gallery, another contemporary commercial art gallery, which had also never had a school group visit it. On display were black and white photographs that used multiple negatives to create the final image. The Simone Bergatini charcoal skeleton drawings were particularly impressive.

The following day our first visit was to the Punta della Dogana displaying contemporary work by famous artists such as Sigmar Polke and Jeff Koons. This was probably the most popular gallery of the trip, as the work really asked questions of its audience. Mr Barrett’s non-art group were set the task of writing a review of a piece of work. Ms Shilvock’s photography group went about photographing the work for their various exam questions. Mrs Christou and Mrs Jimenez Art and Textiles groups made sketches of works of art that were relevant to their chosen question. Nura Ali found the large-scale sculpture of two spoons interesting for her ‘Relationships’ question as the piece was entitled ‘Spooning’. The Charles Ray sculpture of a boy who is teasing a frog stands out at the front of the museum. We had interesting discussions as to the link between Michelangelo’s ‘David’ and how an action is caught in time.

The next gallery was the Peggy Guggenheim Museum that houses Modern Art from the 20th Century beautifully displayed in her former home. We saw major works of Cubism, Futurism, Abstract Art and Surrealism by some of the greatest artists. The students particularly enjoyed making a wish on a luggage label and attaching it to Yoko Ono’s wishing tree.

The final gallery of the day and the trip was at the Galleria Dell’ Accademia. Here we made sketches of work that ranged from the 14th to mid 16th Century (The Renaissance). We focussed on the Miracle of the Cross at the Bridge of S. Lorenzo – Bellini (c.1500) and the vast painting of Christ in the House of Levi – Veronese (1573). We all agreed that we had seen a good range of art to fit everyone’s tastes and ranges of exam questions.

The following day we just had time to visit a few more Venetian markets before a (fortunately) uneventful flight home.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Art and Photography teachers Ms Shilvock and Mrs Christou for their help and support on the trip.

Thank you to Mr. Barrett for navigating us to every gallery and for motivating the non-artists in the galleries. Here are a few of the comments, which make such trips worthwhile:

‘Honestly the best experience of my life, thank you for giving us this opportunity’ – Michael Collins

‘Thank you so much for everything. The trip was great thanks to you and the other teachers. It was amazing’ – Rebecca Collins

‘Thank you so much for a wonderful trip. It will be something I will always remember. Well done with the hotel and everything. I had a blast and I hope you did to.’ – Patience Kubi

‘The way the artists presented their work was a real inspiration to me as an artist and photographer’ – Andrew Davis

‘The 3D aspects of the art work in the gallery will help to inspire my Textiles project’ – Hannah Taylor

Mrs S Jimenez
Head of Art
Expressive Arts Faculty

Little Shop of Horrors

Dear Parent/ Carer,

It’s show time!

The forthcoming performance of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is nearly upon us.

The pupils have been rehearsing their socks off and are very excited about the production.

The dates of the performances are as follows: Wednesday 30th Jan, Thursday 31st Jan and Friday 1st February.

All performances will start at 7.00pm sharp. The price of the tickets will be £6 for adults, £4 for students.

Please ensure you buy your tickets in advance as there will be no tickets sold on the door.

There are two ways to buy your tickets:
You can fill in the reply slip here and take it with your money in an envelope with your child’s name and form written on it, to the school office. Your child’s tickets will then be sent to them via the office.

Or alternatively, you can bring in the completed, signed reply slip with money and buy the tickets directly from teachers who will be selling them after school in the drama studios.

The last night is always a complete sell out so be sure to get your money in quick! 

Lastly, can we thank everyone who has contributed to the production in any way. We hope you enjoy the show!

Drama and Music Depts.

Download the original letter here

Download the poster here

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