Spring 2017 edition of the Coombeshead Academy Aspire magazine.
THELMA HULBERT GALLERY Year 11 Art and Design students visited the Thelma Hulbert Gallery to view the recent Eduardo Paolozzi Exhibition and take part in practical art workshops for their GCSE coursework studies. Students learnt a great deal on this trip about Paolozzi's life as an artist, his style and ways of working as the original British Pop Artist using sweet wrappers, magazines and everyday objects in his work. This was followed up with a very successful print workshop in school run by Double Elephant print workshops. FROM SILVER TO SILICON Coombeshead Photography Department both hosted and ran a free workshop for Devon teachers earlier on in the Autumn Term. The workshop was well attended with over 15 teachers from as far away as Lyme Regis, Tavistock and Bideford. A wide range of taster workshops were on offer throughout the day from experimental darkroom practice, to the creative use of apps, Photoshop, studio lighting in the classroom and large format printing. Leading the various workshops were Coombeshead teachers Sam Eyre and Charlotte Eggleton, accompanied by Hugh Childs from Bedminster Down School and Chas Halsey from Focal Point. Representatives were there from Epson to showcase and demonstrate scanning and printing equipment. Teachers increased their skills base and created a wide range of work finding the day both 'refreshing and truly inspirational'. Future events like this are planned and are part of a larger project titled Art Machina. ART MACHINA Coombeshead Academy Art Department is leading the way in digital art development in schools and is now working with Daisi in leading and running a digital arts based project for young people, teachers and artists across the South West. Art Machina will provide training, workshops and the sharing of best practice for digital arts making over the next two years through a series of projects, workshop and CPD for teachers. The project will culminate in a Digital Arts festival in 2018. 14 Aspire Magazine | January 2017
AN INSPIRATIONAL INSIGHT Flossy and Jim are local illustrators from Brixham having trained at the University of Plymouth, both with a BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration and Visual Communications. Since trading as 'Flossy and Jim Ltd' in May 2013, they have built an extensive portfolio of work including illustrations for children's books, cook books, phone apps, educational tools, crafting materials, cartoons and food packaging! Flossy and Jim came to Coombeshead Academy in October to run a workshop and do a presentation with a group of budding A Level Digital Illustration students. Their talk about the growth of their business over the years was exhilarating and engaging. They gave tips and advice on building a business and how to produce a professional portfolio. The students found the experience of meeting a working artist encouraging and inspirational, ‘It was really great to meet someone making a living from digital Illustration’ Jemima Weir Year 13 Digital Illustration student. EXPRESSIVE ARTS Aspire Magazine | January 2017 13