On Thursday 23rd February we held our annual Animal Head exhibition in the Mall Gallery, to celebrate the work completed this year by boys in Years 8 and 9. The work was available for guests to buy to help raise funds for the School's selected charities, we are pleased to say we raised £250.
The boys in Year 9 had explored how to use colour and oil pastel to create a vibrant self-portrait with an animal of their choice representing their character and the body of their chosen career. This exhibition represents lots of hard work by the boys who have developed great observational skills, representing a variety of marks, surfaces and textures for the animal combined with observing the human form to depict form through use of light and tone, capturing the folds and creases of clothing.
The boys have really enjoyed this project and are proud of their work; it was wonderful to see so many parents, boys and staff enjoying the work at the exhibition.
All boys in Year 8 have been exploring the work of Ai Weiwei, and his “Circle of Animals/ Zodiac Heads” to develop an understanding of sculpture and how to work in three dimensions. Each boy selected an animal which they felt represented them and then explored through drawing how to combine an animal head with their body, focusing on the head, neck and shoulder merging.
The animal head was initially made using Plastercine to help the boys understand modelling and how to work with form, following this they worked with clay over a five week period building up form and using modelling tools to carve out details and capture a sense of the animal’s character and form. The work was then fired, glazed and re-fired.
During the firing some work was damaged due to air being trapped in the clay, our school nurse has helped to save these creatures that emerge from our animal hospital. The exhibition was well received by all especially the animal hospital section.
The Art Department would like to thank everyone for their support.