We were delighted to receive funding from the Open Societies Foundation to fund additional resources to enhance our Multi-Cultural resource and we've used part of that to acquire outdoor picture frames that we can place around the school grounds to add some colour and interest to the environment and also celebrate pupils' work.
To launch the use of the resource we engaged the whole school in a Multi Cultural Art Competition. Each class chose a country or region as a theme and tried to explore a little about styles of visual art linked to that region. Children then created images in that style.
Teachers shortlisted pictures from each year group and the shortlisted finalists were sent to judges chosen from the local artistic community. In keeping with our ethos we wanted to use a range of judges from different walks of life and so we’ve asked established professional artists, people who work in the field of art education, art therapy and graphic design.
We have seen some fantastic pictures produced over the course of the last couple of weeks and our judges had a tough job. We are ever so pleased with the outcomes though and it has been great to have a link to people working in the field of art outside school. You can read all about why the judges chose the pictures they did and see the winning pictures via the link below. They'll also be on display in time for our South African Style Hog Roast which we are using to launch our 30th Anniversary Celebrations on Friday 5th June.